I had the Bears selecting Mitchell Trubisky prior to free agency, but I don't think they'll go in that direction in the wake of Chicago paying Mike Glennon a ton of money for some reason.
Instead, Chicago can focus on its defense. I've had Jonathan Allen slotted here for a while now, but I'm going to move on from that selection. Allen's shoulders might be a concern, but as Aaron Leming pointed out on Twitter, Allen wouldn't play a high percentage of snaps in Chicago's scheme. Plus, it seems like the Bears like the safeties more.
The Bears like Hooker a lot, but the one issue happens to be his medical. However, Hooker is only going to be out 2-4 more months, so he could ready for the start of the season. I don't think that'll preclude Chicago from taking a player who has drawn Ed Reed comparisons.
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1. Jamal Adams, S - The other safety makes sense as well, though Adams would be redundant to Quintin Demps. Still, if they like Adams enough, they'll take him here.
2. Deshaun Watson, QB - The Bears have shown a lot of interest in Watson, yet haven't been eager to publicize it. That said, it would make more sense for the Bears to obtain Watson by moving up from No. 36 overall.
Rd. 2, Pk. 4
Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
No team we've spoken to has Deshaun Watson as a first-round prospect. One high-ranking personnel man in the NFC told me he has Watson as a third-round prospect. It's so much like the Teddy Bridgewater draft, when the media had Bridgewater in the first round, and yet NFL franchises considered him to be a second-day prospect, even before his woeful pro day. However, this was prior to the national championship, so I have to believe some team will trade up into the back end of the opening frame to take Watson, much like the Vikings did with Bridgewater.
This is what I think will happen here. The Bears could move into the back end of the opening round to select Watson. He'll almost certainly be there, and I expect Chicago to do it because general manager Ryan Pace has taken a strong liking to him.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Larry Ogunjobi, DT, Charlotte
There's some dilemma in taking Jonathan Allen with the third-overall pick if he's just going to be a rotational player, so something like this makes more sense to bolster the defensive line.
Pick change; previously Carlos Henderson, WR
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan
The Bears lost Alshon Jeffery this offseason, while Kevin White has yet to prove that he can remain healthy. Using an early-round selection on a receiver makes a lot of sense.
Rd. 4, Pk. 10
Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia
The Bears signed Prince Amukamara, but that was to a 1-year deal. This pick could be used on a more long-term solution. Help at cornerback is needed for this year as well.
Rd. 5, Pk. 3
Michael Roberts, TE, Toledo
The Bears could go for combine standout Adam Shaheen, as their starting tight end, Zach Miller, is skilled, but often injured.
The Bears could use a difference-maker on the back end of their defense, and Hooker is one of the elite prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft. He would be a big upgrade for Chicago. The Bears signed Quintin Demps to be their strong safety, thus I think they would take Hooker over Jamal Adams.
In late September, weeks before other draft media where aware of Hooker, WalterFootball.com reported that Hooker was receiving high first-round grades from teams. He was one of the breakout stars of the 2016 season. Multiple team sources have said they see Hooker as a top-10 pick. Ohio State lost both Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell to the NFL, but the redshirt sophomore Hooker was an upgrade for the Buckeyes.
In 2016, Hooker totaled 74 tackles with 5.5 for a loss, .5 sacks, four passes broken up and seven interceptions. Three of those picks were returned for touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 206-pounder has excellent size to go along with great speed and instincts. Hooker is tremendous as the deep center fielder with rare skills as a pass-coverage free safety who has drawn comparisons to Ed Reed. He also has the size and strength to come downhill and fill in the ground game. Hooker could be a dynamic safety in the NFL. He is the real deal.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Chicago could use more receiving talent, and Davis could be a steal. Some teams think he could slip to the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft because of not working out this spring and a good, but not great, skill set.
As a senior, Davis amassed 97 receptions for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns. Sources say the 6-foot-3, 209-pounder is long and athletic. He has impressed evaluators with good route-running, hands, and deceptive speed. They like his run-after-the-catch skills and size.
Davis was banged up somewhat in 2015, but still produced, totaling 90 receptions for 1,436 yards with 12 touchdowns. In 2014, Davis was excellent with 78 catches for 1,408 yards and 15 touchdowns. He had quality production as a freshman as well (67-941-6).
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Desmond King, FS/CB, Iowa
The Bears could use more cornerback help.
In 2016, King notched 58 tackles with seven passes broken up, three interceptions and one forced fumble. He also made some good kick and punt returns. King was one of the breakout players of 2015 as he displayed tremendous ball skills with eight interceptions and 13 passes broken up. He also had 72 tackles to go along with good returns on kicks and punts. In 2014, King totaled 64 tackles with five breakups and three interceptions. As a freshman, he had 69 tackles with eight passes batted.
King (5-10, 206) could have been an early round pick if he had declared for the 2016 NFL Draft. He is an instinctive corner with good ball skills, but running with speed receivers is a weakness for him in the NFL. Some teams might move him to safety, and that could be his best fit in the NFL.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas
The Bears could use another tight end, and this is a nice value pick.
As a senior, Sprinkle had 33 receptions for 380 yards with four touchdowns. He played well as a junior as part of a pair with Hunter Henry, recording 27 catches for 289 yards with six scores. As one could expect from playing for Arkansas, Sprinkle (6-5, 252) is a decent blocker, but he also has some off-the-field concerns.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Dalvin Tomlinson, DT/NT, Alabama
The Bears grab some five-technique talent.
Tomlinson (6-3, 312) was a good run stuffer for Alabama and really improved late in the 2016 season with more plays in the backfield. He had 62 tackles with three sacks, four passes broken up and one forced fumble on the year. Tomlinson had a good week of practice at the Senior Bowl and wowed teams in the interview sessions. Tomlinson rotated into the game and totaled 34 tackles with six passes batted in 2015. With Jarran Reed and A'Shawn Robinson in the NFL, Tomlinson should take on a bigger role in 2016.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Ezra Robinson, CB, Tennessee State
The Bears could use cornerback upgrades, and Chicago has shown interest in Robinson.
Rd. 7, Pk. 7
Cameron Lee, G, Illinois State
The Bears grab some offensive line depth and have hosted Lee.
2016 First Round Pick: Leonard Floyd, Georgia (9)
2016 Offense Rankings: Total (15) Pass (14) Rush (17)
2016 Defense Rankings: Total (16) Pass (7) Rush (27)
2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $53,988,863
Needs: (1)QB, (2)OL(2x), (3)WR, (4)34OLB(D), (5)CB(D)
GM: Ryan Pace Head Coach: John Fox
Offensive Coordinator: Dowell Loggains Defensive Coordinator: Vic Fangio
Offensive Scheme: Erhardt-Perkins Defensive Scheme: 3-4
DT: NT: DE:
(1) Hicks (1) Goldman (1) Allen
(2) Bullard (2) Sutton (2) Washington
NFL.com Grade: 6.81 ESPN Grade: 94 NFL Comparison: Fletcher Cox
Measurables: H: 6'3 W: 292 40: 4.76
Allen won the 2016 Chuck Bednarik and Bronco Nagurski Award as the nation's top defender on the nation's top defense in 2016 (69 tackles, 16 TFL, led team with 10.5 sacks). He repeated as first-team All-SEC following an excellent junior year where he finished second in the SEC with 12 sacks (14.5 TFL, 4 PBU). The 2012 Virginia Gatorade High School Player of the Year contributed early in his first year, playing regularly as a freshman reserve (16 tackles, three TFL) and then stepped into the starting lineup as a sophomore (11.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks).
Outstanding leader and athlete with an ability to rush the passer from outside or inside. Has produced against the run and pass thanks to his strength, agility, elite hand usage, and plus footwork. He might not be the cleanest fit inside as a full-time tackle for some teams, but his talent should trump any size concerns. Allen is a likely first-round selection with Pro Bowl potential down the road.
Chicago realizes that they can save $14-million against the cap by releasing Jay Cutler in 2017 assuming he doesn't deliver. Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer, and Matt Barkley are not enticing options at quarterback.
At the same time, this is a weak quarterback group plus head coach John Fox is coming back. Chicago can save $16-million if they wait until 2018 to release Cutler and Chicago has $62-million to spend this year. If you think about it from a financial standpoint Chicago is more likely to need $16-million in 2018 than $14-million in 2017 for salary cap room plus if John Fox got to keep his job this year it may imply that Cutler gets to keep his job. Also drafting a new quarterback in this weak class and firing Fox the following year also implies that you are setting your quarterback up to fail.
Chicago can save $1-million in cap space if they release 3-4 right end Mitch Unrein and they can save $5-million in cap space by releasing 3-4 left end Akeim Hicks. Both are in contract years heading into 2017, plus this pass rush would make a major improvement if you had Allen at 3-4 right end and Jonathan Bullard your 2016 third round pick at 3-4 left end next to Allen with Eddie Goldman your 2015 second round pick at nose tackle this could potentially be one of the best 3-4 defensive lines in the entire NFL if all 3 of those guys managed to start next season. That would at least make the Bears competitive even with a quarterback as incompetent as Cutler or a head coach as incompetent as Fox.
The Bears pick Alabama senior Jonathan Allen here over a quarterback. Jonathan Allen had 10.5 sacks, 16 tackles for a loss, and 15 quarterback hurries in 2016 during his senior season. My biggest concern with Allen is that I see him as a 3-4 only player. Allen got schooled on tape when facing Arkansas left tackle Dan Skipper and does better against guards and right tackles on tape. He had similar problems against Clemson left tackle Mitch Hyatt who is expected to be a top 5 pick in 2018. Allen also struggled against Kentucky center Jon Toth as well, but he did get a sack on Western Kentucky's Forrest Lamp which was the only sack Lamp allowed in the last two years there, but I'll get to Lamp later.
Allen also loses count of plays at times when you watch his tape. If scouts notice this Allen could drop from being a top 3 pick to a top 5 pick, but that's entirely dependent on what what Chicago does with Jay Cutler. Allen won four different awards in 2016 so its hard to see him falling out of the top 3 if Chicago sticks with Cutler.
Chicago can use their second round pick on a quarterback to develop behind Cutler. I'm not sure Chicago can pass on assembling a defensive line that features Jonathan Allen at 3-4 right end, Eddie Goldman at nose tackle, and Jonathan Bullard at 3-4 left end.
My Take: This is a weak QB class. And with Trubisky, the only QB I see worth a T20 pick, off the board I don't see a reason to reach. I could see the Bears keeping Cutler one more year and looking for a project in the 2nd or 3rd. Or maybe Ryan Pace takes a chance on another Eastern Illinois alumni and trades a 2nd rounder for Grappollo.
I’m in the population that believes Jay Cutler has run its course in the Bears’ offense, they got by with mediocre play from Hoyer and Barkley. Cutler is expected to be dropped due to dead money cap space and with no free agency market for the position they need to snag a passer but they will address that later in the draft. They have a couple of options in free agency coming up that everyone will keep an eye on to influence this pick whether it is targeting pending free agents like Kirk Cousins, Tyrod Taylor or maybe even trying for Tony Romo (I still don't believe the Cowboys would want to get rid of him). For now, adding someone over the top that will be an instant starter is the main priority in my opinion. Jamal is the best safety in draft and quite possibly the best in the past couple years. He is a hard hitting aggressive safety with a knack for the football. His draft stock is really high and hopefully it'll remain that way throughout the pro days and combine.
The Bears grab a potential franchise quarterback to build around. There is scuttlebutt that Chicago loves Trubisky. <br> <br>
I waited to put Trubisky in my mock of the 2017 NFL Draft because many first-year starters return to school. Additionally, Walt had Trubisky <a href="/http://www.walterfootball.com/draft2017.php">in his mock</a>, so not having him in mine gave our readers mocks with both options to ponder. Eventually, I added Trubisky because NFL team sources believed Trubisky was more likely to declare than to go back to school, and he made that decision official. <br> <br>
Trubisky looks like a second-round caliber prospect, but that doesn't preclude teams from reaching on him in Round 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft. Sources from three different teams told me they graded Trubisky in the second round. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder was very efficient in 2016, displaying good decision-making and flashing good accuracy. He has a quality arm and some athleticism. However, across the history of the NFL, there have been very few 1-year college starters who turned into good pro starters. <br> <br>
The junior beat up on some weak secondaries in 2016, but it still is impressive that he had three straight games throwing for over 400 yards without throwing a single interception. On the season, Trubisky completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,748 yards with 30 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also had five rushing touchdowns.
Quarterbacks get too much credit and take too much blame. I think Jay Cutler has been unappreciated in Chicago, but the team can move on from him after this season without any contract penalties. Considering the rebuilding job needed for the Bears, Chicago could try to trade Cutler to a team like Arizona and start the rebuilding process with a new quarterback. That might be the best course of action for both the Bears and for Cutler. <br> <br>
Of the quarterback prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft, Kizer has the best skill set. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder has a strong arm that can make all the throws for the NFL. He also flashes superb accuracy and an ability make accurate touch passes downfield to beat good coverage in tight windows. Kizer also makes beautiful passes in the face of a pass rush. Additionally, he has the mobility to buy time for his receivers, bail out his offensive line, and pick up yards with his feet. <br> <br>
In 2016, Kizer has completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,470 yards with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also has run for six touchdowns. His completion percentage was thrown off by playing a game in the midst of Hurricane Matthew. In 2015, Kizer completed 63 percent of his passes for 2,884 yards with 21 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He picked up 520 yards with 10 scores on the ground.
Cap Space $24 Million- 34 Defensive Front
Offensively: 15th Yds/G, 28th PPG
Defensively: 15TH Yds/G, 24th PPG
Needs: QB, OT, WR, DE, CB
Offensive/Defensive Biggest Need: QB, DE
This is a pick that many do not have. I have questions about Jonathan Allen or else he’d be here. Allen’s tape is phenomenal but, is he a product of being on a team with ridiculous talent everywhere? There is no denying that he was almost nonexistent during the National Championship game. Allen had a mediocre combine also, so in my eyes his stock is dipping a bit. Still a very good player but not as much of a lock as I once thought. Soloman Thomas has done nothing but improve his stock since his bowl game. Thomas was a man amongst boys playing against UNC in the Sun Bowl. Add to the fact that Thomas blew the roof off the combine with his testing numbers. Another player with great tape and actually is grading higher than Allen post combine. If Jamal Adams is on the board here, I think he’ll be the pick. If he goes to the 49ers, look for the Bears to shake things up by taking Thomas instead of Allen or trading back.
NFL Comparison: Miami Dolphins Defensive End Cameron Wake
I'm sure it's because your "NFL Matches" section is just the usual copy/pasta from other scouting report articles, but I literally spit out my drink reading you suggest Mixon as a fit for the Ravens. Zero chance that happens lol.
*EASTER UPDATE* WITH TRADES RD2, 3, & 4 ORDER IS RANDOM for trades that usually happen.
Used draft-site`s approach as a general guide. Really like their ranking system as it uses a hi-low rubric to rank each player. Took several ranking sites and averaged out player rankings. Used my own rankings for players I feel were ranked much too low. F/A updates with a few players still looking for a new home. Will update as they sign. Will see teams reach for QB & OT. 3 days till drafttime !! No big trades announced yet.