If the Bears hold true to this mock draft, they will have taken care of two of their biggest needs early. They can concentrate on other needs that have become pressing over the course of the past season in the rest of the draft. Their next three biggest needs are at cornerback, left tackle and tight end. It’s time to start addressing those here at number three.
The third round of any draft can be one where you can find that hidden gem. Some great players that have been taken in the third round include Jamaal Charles, Russell Wilson and Jimmy Graham. You can find starters there and get a lot of value for the pick. But only if you do it right.
In looking at who might be available at number 67, there are several ways the Bears could go. At cornerback, such great talent as Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey and Washington’s Sidney Jones. Those are two guys the Bears might like.
At tight end, guys like Ole Miss’ Evan Engram and Virginia Tech’s Bucky Hodges could fit. If they chose to go for an offensive tackle, two guys they might be interested in include Utah’s Garett Bolles and Western Michigan’s Taylor Moton.
As you can see, the Bears have a lot choices in the third round. But which is the best choice?
Cornerback could be the most pressing need on the team after safety and quarterback. The Bears may or may not have Kyle Fuller back and Tracy Porter is becoming more and more of a liability. So, taking a cornerback is a must for the Bears early in the draft.
In looking at the two guys that are rated as third round prospects, both have a lot of talent and could help the Bears. But Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey may be the best of the two. He has a lot of upside and if you look at any of the scouting reports on him, you will wonder why he is a third-round rated talent. He might slip into the middle or bottom of the second round. He does have some negative aspects to work on but if he can get some good NFL coaching, he could be a solid starter.
He would be a steal if the Bears could get him in the third round. But he might not last that long.