The Bears, for now, have two fourth round picks so they have some options. Having taken care of their needs at quarterback, cornerback and safety, they can start looking at their remaining needs. The fourth round is where you find depth and guys that you can develop into starters. This is where the Bears can shine.
Some depth at the left tackle position would be great here. They might be even be able to develop a starter out of someone taken in this round. It might be a season or two before that person could start but they need the help.
Looking at the players available at the tackle position, there are about five guys that the Bears could consider. They include Bucknell’s Julien Davenport, Arkansas’ Dan Skipper, USC’s Chad Wheeler, Utah’s J.J. Dielman and UCLA’s Conor McDermott.
If you take a close look at these guys and do some comparisons, you might see that Wheeler could be the best of the bunch. He has the size that you would want (6-6, 310) and he has well-developed skills. Yes, he could use some fine tuning but he could easily be a starter down the road.
With the tight end position being one of need, the Bears could find someone to help shore that position up here. They may try to grab a starter a little bit earlier in the draft but they may be able to get along with Zach Miller for at least another season. That means they could find someone to develop and that person would probably come after round three.
In looking at the tight ends that are ranked as fourth round picks, you will see that there isn’t much to choose from. There are really two solid fourth round tight end prospects. They are Adam Shaheen from Ashland and Clemson’s Jordan Leggett.
Leggett has more experience than Shaheen who is a junior. Teams may really like Leggett though, much more than anyone else at this point in the draft. Why? Because he comes from that high-powered Clemson offense. But can he catch the ball? Can he block? The scouts say he is a versatile player that can help increase the options in the passing game. He can catch the ball well which is a huge plus for a tight end coming to Chicago. But, his blocking ability and character have been called into question. Would he someone the Bears could afford to use a draft pick on?
For this mock draft, we will say they can use him. Leggett could easily be the Bears’ the Bears new tight end and could help solidify the position.