As we saw in the losses to the Falcons and Buccaneers, the Bears have some pretty severe safety problems. I like Austin Hooper, but there's no way he should ever be scoring 88-yard touchdowns against anyone.
Derwin James has missed some time in 2016 with a knee injury, but he's a monstrous safety (6-3, 211) who happens to be a terrific athlete. He's still projected to be a top-10 pick.
Rd. 2, Pk. 7
Deon Cain, WR, Clemson
The Bears lost Cameron Meredith to a devastating injury. Meredith may never be the same, unfortunately, so a receiver should be added early in the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Bears could use a difference-maker on the back end of their defense. They signed Quintin Demps, so Adams would be a second strong safety, but he doesn't have the injury concerns of Malik Hooker. Additionally, Adams' leadership and personality fit other picks of the current regime in Leonard Floyd and Kevin White.
In 2016, Adams totaled 76 tackles with four passes broken and one interception. The junior is a future starting safety, who sources said during the preseason that they think is a top-20 talent. He is able to contribute in pass coverage in the underneath part of the field and is strong enough to play in the box.
Adams has versatility, but his play was subdued at times 2016, and perhaps he had the NFL on his mind. However, Adams turned it on and did play very well against Alabama and Ole Miss' receiving tight end Evan Engram. The 6-foot, 214-pound Adams has the size to play strong or free safety in the NFL, but seems to prefer strong safety, and that is more natural for him. He is an instinctive defender who always seems to be around the ball. In 2015, Adams had 67 tackles with six passes broken up and four interceptions. As a freshman, he recorded 66 tackles with five pass breakups.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Let me preface this pick by saying I think Chicago will move back into the first round for Watson. The Bears have shown a ton of interest in him, and he could develop for a year behind Mike Glennon. Trading back into Round 1 for Watson would give Chicago a fifth-year option on his rookie contract, which could be massive savings if he pans out.
In 2016, Watson completed 67 percent of his passes for 4,593 yards with 41 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He had nine rushing touchdowns as well. Watson turned in underwhelming performances during the year against Auburn, Troy, Georgia Tech and Louisville. However, he played much better during the final month of the regular season and in the postseason. Watson can start games slowly, but plays his best when the game is on the line in the fourth quarter.
A problem for Watson in 2016 was poor accuracy in the first two-thirds of the season. He has lots of room for improvement with his field vision and ball placement. Watson missed wide-open receivers for scores throughout 2016. Watson also throws a lot of interceptions, and some of them come from forcing passes rather than reading the field. He also will have to make a huge jump to a pro-style offense, which will entail learning to work under center and call plays in the huddle. The Clemson offense predetermined where Watson would throw pre-snap, so he will need to learn to make reads in the NFL. Watson is great off the field with work ethic, character, quiet leadership skills, and loving football. His accuracy was better late in the year and in the fourth quarter when the game was on the line.
As a sophomore, Watson (6-2, 221) made some beautiful passes and was a big-time point producer. Watson played really well in 2015 to lead Clemson to the National Championship game. In 2015, Watson completed 68 percent of his passes for 4,104 yards with 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. On the ground, he averaged 5.3 yards per carry for 1,105 yards with 12 scores.
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
Chad Hansen, WR, California
The Bears could use more wide receiver talent for their young quarterback.
Hansen (6-2, 202) was a wide receiver who impressed evaluators in 2016. California quarterback Davis Webb has second-day potential for the 2017 NFL Draft, and Hansen was his No. 1 receiver. In 2016, Hansen had 92 receptions for 1,249 yards with 11 touchdowns. It was a huge jump in production as Hansen made 19 catches for 249 yards and a score as a sophomore. Hansen has good size, but isn't the most explosive receiver. He could be a mid-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
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.
<i> 2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 3/27): Jonathan Allen, DL </i>
The Bears could use more talent at offensive tackle, especially a top left tackle to protect their quarterback. <br> <br>
McGlinchey was very impressive at left tackle for the Fighting Irish in 2016. He looked natural in pass protection, and one wouldn't have thought that he wasn't playing the position before 2016. <br> <br>
McGlinchey has excellent feet to get depth in his kick slide and cut off speed rushers. As a run blocker, McGlinchey can get movement at the point of attack. He flashes heavy hands to push defenders out of their gaps and open holes for his back. McGlinchey also has a nice ability to bend at the knee, and that in combination with his feet, keeps him from having to reach after edge rushers. His performance in 2016 protecting DeShone Kizer is evidence that McGlinchey is a future starting left tackle in the NFL and a first-round pick. <br> <br>
McGlinchey (6-7, 310) is a tough run blocker and has been part of a good Notre Dame line for years. In 2015, he showed well as a right tackle and had a more physical style of play than former Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley. The one area that McGlinchey really needs to improve is his repeated problem with false starts. <br> <br>
<u> <i> Pick change; previously Arden Key, DE </i> </u>
From Skins via Browns@(5-11) At the trade deadline the Browns get Cousins from the Skins. Browns pay 2018 1st,, 2019 2nd, Now in dire need of a top QB Skins move up to 3 for Jackson. As for Key there SEEMS to be something going on with either a character issue or injury....and Bears would be shy if it is character...stay tuned BEARS REPORT. Currently I have the Bears at 3-13, they really do suck despite being banged up. A good example of how stats lie was when Glennon was 8-10 in the Bucs game. Yes he is accurate WHEN THERE IS NO PRESSURE and sure the Bears have naught a decent receiver,and even a case can be made for him getting rid of the biscuit quick. However his lack of mobility more than cancels his attributes, I think the Bears have a shot at beating SF,and the 2 Ohio teams and sure they could beat Balty or the Saints (but I doubt it) I don't see them beating anyone in the division. There best shot would be the Vikes, but the match up of a strong Vikes defense and Glennon is not favorable, but New Years Eve may have Trubisky leading and that could be favorable. Still the Bears could lose even to any of the five teams I have as winable and yeah maybe they limp to 4 -12, but I doubt it.
The Bears could use a difference-maker in the back end. Quintin Demps was a nice signing, but he is on the wrong side of 30 and is a strong safety. Here's a stud free safety for Chicago. <br> <br>
While James didn't have a flawless performance against Alabama in Week 1 of 2017, it was good overall with six tackles and .5 sacks. James was healthy and able to display his great instincts and rare combination of great size, speed, physicality and versatility. He played dime linebacker, nickel corner, free safety and strong safety, basically doing everything a coach could ask of him. <br> <br>
James totaled 11 tackles and an interception through two games in 2016 before sustaining a season-ending knee injury. He had been playing well for Florida State. Entering last season, there was a lot of hype that James was an elite player and perhaps the best defensive player in college football. As a freshman in 2015, he had a strong debut with 91 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, four passes broken up and two forced fumbles, but zero interceptions. <br> <br>
The 6-foot-3, 211-pounder has a great athletic skill set with tremendous speed, instincts, and strength to hit. He shows the ability to do everything a NFL safety is needed to do. James is fast and long with coverage skills in the deep middle of the field. He also is strong enough to be the eighth man in the box and tackle.
The Bears need a franchise left tackle to protect Mitchell Trubisky. <br> <br>
Adams showed some rust in Week 1 and wasn't as dominant against Rutgers as he finished last season versus Alabama. Against Rutgers, Adams had a holding penalty along with a couple of other mistakes. Still, he showed his quick feet and agility. Adams is a smooth mover with length who makes it tough to get by him. He plays with nice body lean and leverage that he uses to help sustain blocks. Adams will probably start overwhelming defenders in the weeks to come. <br> <br>
Adams was one of the top left tackles in the Pac-12 during 2016. The Huskies fielded a potent passing offense, and Adams did a nice job of keeping Jake Browning protected. The 6-foot-7, 302-pound Adams has length and size on the edge to go along with good quickness and athleticism. Sources have raved about Adams being one of the top talents for the 2018 NFL Draft class with franchise left tackle potential. They were impressed with his 2016 tape, including how well he did in one-on-ones with Alabama's edge rushers in the Huskies' playoff game.
Another team I think Walt and Charlie are down on. I know their offense will not be great with a lack of outside weapons, but neither Glennon or Trubisky are as bad as people think. Their defense is also a lot better than people think thanks to their solid defensive front seven and their young players looking ready to step up.
If they do pick this high I think it will be good competitive losses where they look to be headed in the right direction. Picking here will allow them to select another blue chip player like Kirk who can be an OBJ type talent on the outside for Trubisky to grow with. Picking receiver is a bigger need now with Meredith's knee injury and Kevin White's spotty health.