The Bears make sense for Shaq Lawson; with the disgruntled Willie Young entering his contract season, Chicago will have to find a pass-rushing complement for Pernell McPhee, and the explosive Lawson seems like a great fit. I had Lawson mocked later in February and March updates because teams had concerns about his shoulder, but he has been cleared by everyone we've spoken to.
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1. Ezekiel Elliott, RB - The Bears tried to sign C.J. Anderson in free agency. That's a huge sign that running back remains a need for the team.
2. Jarran Reed, DE/DT - Tony Pauline reported that the Bears would consider Reed at No. 11, but I think there will be better players available.
Pick change; previously Ezekiel Elliott, RB
Rd. 2, Pk. 10
Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
The Bears had the chance to grab Vernon Hargreaves in this mock, but passed on him. I don't think they'd do the same thing here if they happened to have Kendall Fuller fall into their laps.
Rd. 3, Pk. 9
Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
Jay Cutler will probably be around for just one more year, so the Bears need to think about using an early draft choice on a successor.
Rd. 4, Pk. 8
Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn
Ronnie Stanley and Jack Conklin are both options at No. 11 overall for a reason. The Bears' tackle situation is a complete mess, and it needs to be addressed at some point.
Rd. 4, Pk. 29
Nick Vigil, ILB, Utah State
The Bears signed Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman this offseason, but they could still draft a linebacker in the middle rounds for depth purposes.
Rd. 5, Pk. 11
Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma
Drafting two cornerbacks in this class wouldn't be the worst idea, given how dire of a need that is for Chicago.
The biggest need on the Bears roster is for a No. 1 cornerback, and they are fortunate that Hargreaves gets to them. Hargreaves is a good scheme fit and should immediately improve Chicago's secondary.
In 2015, Hargreaves totaled 33 tackles, four pass broken up, four interceptions and a forced fumble - off Leonard Fournette. Hargreaves was having a good season before slumping late in the year. Sources have felt that Hargreaves can get bumped around and out-physicaled along with giving up some ground to deep speed. He could stand to improve on that in the NFL. However in terms of a natural cover corner to prevent separation, Hargreaves is the best in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Overall, Hargreaves was a true cover corner during his collegiate career. He totaled 50 tackles, three interceptions and 13 passes broken up in 2014. Hargreaves went toe to toe with Amari Cooper that season and held his own. Both players showcased their elite skills and proved to be top prospects for the NFL. Cooper made some catches over Hargreaves, but unlike other defensive backs, Cooper wasn't getting separation or burning the Gator cover corner.
The 5-foot-10, 204-pound Hargreaves has natural cover skills to run with wideouts and not allow separation. He can play off man, press man, and zone. Sources have said that Hargreaves is a star off the field as well as a good teammate, worker and citizen. As a true freshman in 2013, he recorded interceptions in his first three college games while totaling 11 pass breakups and 38 tackles for the year.
Rd. 2, Pk. 10
Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
Chicago traded away Martellus Bennett and could use some tight end depth. The Bears have shown interest in Hunter Henry and Austin Hooper.
Henry totaled 51 receptions for 739 yards and three touchdowns in 2015. He did a nice job as a blocker and receiver for the Razorbacks, but they never used him enough in the passing attack. Henry has the quickness to get downfield with the athleticism to get open against safeties and linebackers. In the ground game, he was a steady blocker for the Razorbacks' potent rushing offense.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder is a well-rounded tight end who produced well in 2014, too. He was a quality blocker for the Razorbacks' ground game while contributing 37 receptions for 513 yards and two scores. Henry had 28 receptions for 409 yards and four scores as a freshman. He needs to improve his blocking for the next level, but should develop into a three-down starter and a good contributor to the passing attack.
Rd. 3, Pk. 9
Willie Beavers, OT, Western Michigan
The Bears could use another tackle to compete with Charles Leno for the left tackle job.
Beavers was Western Michigan's starting left tackle for the past few seasons, and his quality play earned him an invitation to the Senior Bowl. The 6-foot-4, 324-pounder has some size, quickness and length to him. In Mobile, Beavers showed potential, but he still needs work for the NFL.
Rd. 4, Pk. 8
Dadi Nicolas, DE/3-4OLB/OLB, Virginia Tech
The Bears continue to add pieces to their defense and having another pass-rusher would make sense.
Nicolas is a dangerous edge rusher who will have to get stronger and improve his run defense for the NFL. The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder will have to be a situational pass-rusher early in his career, but he is a natural edge rusher with a nose for the quarterback. In 2015, Nicolas totaled 45 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two passes broken up. He totaled 72 tackles with 18.5 tackles for a loss and nine sacks in 2014.
Rd. 4, Pk. 29
Jalen Mills, CB/S, LSU
The Bears use some secondary depth and competition.
Mills played in seven games during 2015, totaling 30 tackles and three passes broken up. He flashed in previous seasons as a corner and safety. Mills (6-0, 191) needs to add weight to tackle as a free safety in the NFL. He recorded 62 tackles with five passes broken up and an interception in 2014. Mills totaled 67 tackles, three passes broken up, three sacks and three interceptions in 2013.
Rd. 5, Pk. 11
Nate Sudfeld, QB, Indiana
The Bears could take some backup quarterback competition to see if they find a Day 3 diamond as an eventual replacement for Jay Cutler.
I really like this pick. Chicago needs help rushing the QB Leonard Floyd will do just the trick in helping out getting to the QB.
Scouting report: Unique combination of length and athleticism. Extremely rangy with great chase speed from sideline to sideline. Good change of direction for taller player. Long limbs and twitch to spring into a tackle from a mile away. If unblocked, will chase down line of scrimmage from backside and foil run plans. Elusive in open space dodging blockers and sifting through traffic in pursuit of the ball. Has the traits to be highly effective in man coverage. As an edge rusher, able to shoot out of the starting blocks and cover substantial ground with long second and third strides. Not a great bender, but has ankle flexion necessary to lean at 45-degree angle and buzz inside the rush arc. Substantial pass rush potential with a variety of options to the quarterback. Pet move is upfield burst followed by jump-cut inside tied with inside club. Able to dip and rip around the corner. Dangerous on T/E twists and blitzes underneath. Able to worm his way through the A-gap as standup blitzer
Other possibilities: Connor Cook QB, Jarran Reed DT, A'Shawn Robinson OT
Leonard Floyd could be the pick here, but his size and inconsistency worry John Fox and Vic Fangio, who share a penchant for technically sound edge-rushers that are just plain MEAN. Shaq Lawson isn’t a combine star, but his first step is strong and his production speaks for itself, as he led the FBS with 25.5(?!) TFL this season. Most importantly, he brings a relentlessness that Chicago would love to put opposite Pernell McPhee—with free-agent acquisitions Jerrell Freeman and Danny Trevathan and second year nose tackle Eddie Goldman, this unit that experienced a revival under Fangio last season suddenly becomes mighty intimidating. I love the NFC North this year—Green Bay should find more stability as they remain healthier, the Vikings should continue to grow, and the Lions...well, Calvin's gone, but Gunslingin' Matty Stafford is always dangerous. If Kevin White rehabs successfully and Jeremy Langford takes to his starting role, we’ve got ourselves some excellent division games on the docket.
Chicago would love to take Ronnie Stanley here. Unfortunately, New York beats them to it in this mock. Hargreaves is quite the consolation prize though. Able to immediately slot in as a starter next to Kyle Fuller, the former Gator gives Chicago an outstanding duo for years to come.
Hargreaves has gotten some negative vibes by the media, but those concerns are overblown. Hargreaves is a fantastic corner who displays shutdown potential. His relative short height (5'10) may give some pause, but a smart team will look at his tape and see the talent that jumps off the screen. There were some speed questions, but after running a 4.5 at his pro day, Hargreaves showed that, while he'll never be the fastest corner out there, his speed is good enough when paired with his outstanding technique.
Another potential top 10 pick falls. Stanley has a few question marks about his work ethic but what he did for Notre Dame on the field is undeniable. He has the ability to be a 10 to 15 year starter in the league. He has better size than Tunsil (6'6 320) but doesn't have as nimble feet as Tunsil. Stanley could end up being your Tyron Smith, or he could be your Greg Robinson it really depends on if the rumors of his work ethic are true, or if he's a hard worker that loves the game of football and wants to come to work everyday. He has the tools now he just needs to use them.
This pick gave me a really hard time but I eventually went with the massive run-stopping Robinson. He is an absolute load in the middle of a defense. More than likely an interior tackle, here the Bears hope he is versatile enough to play one of the end positions in their 3-4 defense with rising DT Eddie Goldman manning the middle some combination of young, but slightly disappointing so far Will Sutton and free agent signing Akiem Hicks opposite of Robinson. This may not be the best pass rushing dline in the league but it should be a formidable run stopping combination. Robinson is an immovable force down in the trenches with great power and the ability to use that power effectively to absorb double teams and make teams pay when they don’t double him. He plays a little high and doesn’t have a ridiculously high level motor, and his production at Alabama wasn’t always top notch, so he is more of a projection at this point. Scouts however seem to believe that he can live up to immense upside and he finds himself in a great fit with Vic Fangio and the Bears.
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Rd. 1, Pk. 9
Leonard Floyd, OLB/3-4OLB,
The Bears felt the need to leap the Giants for Leoanrd Floyd, and rightly so. The Giants were going to take Floyd, and the Buccaneers had interest in him as well, but they obviously must have liked the trade better.
This pick makes sense. Floyd is arguably the best 3-4 edge rusher in this class - yes, above Joey Bosa, who was a 4-3 player - and he fills a position of weakness for Chicago. I can't really say anything is wrong with this pick, as it would've been a "B" without the trade.
Rd. 2, Pk. 25
Cody Whitehair, G,
Wow, what a great pick. An A+ for the Bears, for sure. First of all, Cody Whitehair was projected by some to be chosen at the end of the first round, so they're getting great value at this spot. Second, Whitehair fills a big need; Chicago's offensive line had its issues heading into the draft, and Whitehair can pretty much play every single position up front (though he's best as a guard). And third, Chicago obtained him after trading down twice! This is excellent drafting by the Bears.