Being Ryan Pace: Chicago Bears 7-Round Mock Draft
BGO Writer Dan Meehan gives his stab at a Chicago Bears seven-round mock.
It should be clarified that this mock draft is not an act of who this blogger would pick if running the Bears personnel, but rather an educated attempt at guessing who this scouting department and decision makers may be targeting as selections. Using past drafting trends based on schools players went to, combine numbers and project-ability (Floor vs. Ceiling argument).
Round 1, Pick 8: Derwin James, DB, Florida St.
Tone-setter. Alpha. Athletic.
All these words describe one, Derwin James. Coming into the 2017 season James was seen as the preeminent safety prospect and thought to potentially be a top 5 area pick prior to a somewhat down year.
Despite not having his best season, he still produced a very good level (not the elite level of 2016). He offers versatility as a potential single-high safety, nickelback, box safety or a nickel-linebacker. He tests athletically enough that he could potentially shift outside to cornerback.