FanSided’s yearly mock draft has concluded and the Chicago Bears went defense with the third pick.
Each year, FanSided does a first round mock draft where each NFL site’s experts make their team’s selection. This year is no different and the mock has been completed. There are some major surprises and some expected picks, but the whole mock is definitely worth checking out.
Our own Mike Flannery from Bear Goggles On went with Jonathan Allen with the third overall selection. Allen makes a lot of sense for the Bears. Jonathan Bullard didn’t have quite the first season that the Bears had hoped for and they definitely need an impact end to play opposite Akiem Hicks.
While I wouldn’t be shocked if Pace made that selection, I think if the draft fell like the mock did, I think the Bears would select Solomon Thomas. The 49ers threw a curve ball into the mock draft when they selected Reuben Foster with the second selection. Foster may very well be the best player in this draft, but with some of the issues surrounding him, he will most likely fall, potentially out of the top ten.
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Thomas is the type of player Ryan Pace covets. He’s very athletic for his size and he’s very versatile. Scouts see him as the type of guy that can line up all over the field and create havoc. While that may not be your traditional 3-4 DE, it’s the type of guy Pace would give to Vic Fangio on defense and tell him to make magic happen.
Personally, I think Thomas is going to the 49ers with the second pick and the Bears are going to want to trade down. It seems Pace is looking at QB for the first pick but certainly doesn’t want to take one with the third overall pick. If Pace can’t find a trading partner, expect him to stand pat at three and take the biggest impact player available. Pace would then most likely try to take the 35th overall pick that he currently holds and trade back into the first round to draft Deshaun Watson or Pat Mahomes.
After Myles Garrett this draft is wide open. It’s anybody’s guess what team is taking what player. The Bears have a critical decision at number three and nobody seems to have any idea as to what direction Ryan Pace and the front office will go.