I had the Bears addressing the outside linebacker position in a previous update, but that is no longer a prime need in the wake of the Pernell McPhee signing. Chicago could stand to add another pass-rusher, but the front office can look to other positions now with the No. 7 overall pick.
One such position is receiver. Brandon Marshall was traded to the Jets, so Jay Cutler will need someone to throw to besides Alshon Jeffery. Kevin White, who blew up the Combine, is the same type of big target that Marshall was.
Rd. 2, Pk. 7
Arik Armstead, DT/3-4DE/DE, Oregon
The Bears went offense in the first round, so they'll have to begin acquiring pieces for their new 3-4 defense on Day 2. They can start by addressing the defensive line, as they need a starting defensive end to go along with Ray McDonald.
Rd. 3, Pk. 7
James Sample, SS, Louisville
This pick should surprise no one, as the Bears need secondary help at both cornerback and safety. Chicago signed Antrel Rolle this offseason, but he's just a short-term solution at the safety position. Here's someone who might be able to start there in the future.
Pick change; previously Brett Hundley, QB
Rd. 4, Pk. 7
Lorenzo Mauldin, DE/3-4OLB/OLB, Louisville
The Bears signed Pernell McPhee this offseason, but it wouldn't hurt if they spent a mid-round selection on some depth at outside linebacker.
Pick change; previously Gerod Holliman, S
Rd. 5, Pk. 6
Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor
Jay Cutler will be kept around next season, but the Bears obviously need to obtain a long-term solution - mostly a quarterback who actually gives a damn.
The Bears traded away Brandon Marshall and need a wideout to go with Alshon Jeffery. Chicago addressed its edge rushers and defensive line in free agency. The Bears could get more bang for their buck with a No. 1 receiver instead of a nose tackle. I go back and forth between Cooper and White being the first receiver selected.
After posting modest production as a junior, White exploded in 2014. The senior was one of college football's best receivers for the year. White recorded 109 receptions for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season. By the end of the third game, he had surpassed his 2013 totals of 35 receptions for 507 yards with five touchdowns.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound White has a unique combination with size and speed. He consistently gets separation and can make contested catches with the strength to outfight defensive backs for the ball. White showed off his great skill set with a huge performance at the Combine.
Rd. 2, Pk. 7
The Bears need to improve their inside linebackers and have shown a ton of interest in McKinney.
McKinney had 71 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, three sacks, one forced fumble and four passes broken up in 2014. One of those sacks came when he beat Texas A&M left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi off the edge. McKinney was a big-time presence in the Bulldogs' defense and has shown the ability to be a three-down starter who can drop into pass coverage or rush the quarterback.
McKinney (6-4, 246) notched 70 tackles, seven tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks in 2013. He is an intriguing athlete who has a lot of upside. As a freshman in 2012, McKinney recorded 102 tackles. He was impressive against Texas A&M and has a lot of speed to go with his size.
Pick change; previously Quinten Rollins, CB/S
Rd. 3, Pk. 7
Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
The Bears need a starting center and can't wait too long to select one if they want a player who is ready to contribute quickly.
Grasu (6-3, 297) is a good pass-protector and a quality run-blocker. Even though the Oregon offensive line had some inconsistent play in 2014, Grasu was solid for the Ducks.
Grasu is a quick and athletic center who was a perfect fit in Oregon's high-paced attack. He will enter the NFL very experienced.
Rd. 4, Pk. 7
Adrian Amos, S, Penn State
Obviously, the Bears need a lot of help at the safety position.
Amos recorded 34 tackles with seven passes broken up and three interceptions in 2014. He had 42 tackles with five passes batted away and an interception the year before. Amos split his time between cornerback and safety that season. For the NFL, the senior could fit as a free safety if he has the speed to cover in the deep part of the field. Amos was solid at the Senior Bowl.
The Bears need defensive pieces for their transition to a 3-4, and Danny Shelton would plug in as their NT. He was rarely off the field for Washington, so he shouldn't have too much trouble adjusting to being on the field a lot in the NFL.
The team that finished 30th overall in total defensive yardage just a year ago would be wise to select Ray. Although playing Defensive End in college, Ray’s build and athleticism have shown that he has all the ability to play as a 4-3 outer linebacker. He’s a primal pass-rusher, which is just what the Bears need. Plus, his experience at D-End could serve him well, as he could potentially play in two spots on the Bears’ D. I certainly see enough talent in Ray for him to be able to develop into an outstanding pro player.
Brandon Marshall is gone and Jay Culter needs help. Marquess Wilson is a slot guy not a starting outside threat. Grabbing the athletic and fast White to pair across from Alshon Jeffery makes a lot of sense. They can target NT Jordan Phillips in round 2 to anchor their defensive line.
The Bears have the third worst defense (yardage-wise) in the NFL. Simply put, a guy like Collins could strengthen this Defense. He’s a big, fast, and physical Safety who has played every game of his three-year career at Alabama. When watching Collins, his best ability appears to be defending the run. He’s aggressive and gets downhill to sniff out the ball carrier. He’s also an outstanding open field tackler, which shouldn’t be over looked. He’s still learning. His coverage skills and ball skills do look solid, but he certainly has a lot more room to grow there and as a player in general.
Really didn't want to go WR here but Cooper is just way to talented to pass on at this point. He is a top 5 prospect and the Bears really do need another WR. I think Coopers game compliments Jeffery's . While I am a fan Of M Wilson, he is not close to the level of Cooper. Cooper is the best route runner, probably has the best hands in the class, has a great understanding of the game and route tree, has the ability to create after the catch and is faster then everyone thought. While they might not have the future QB of the future on the roster. I don't think they would have a problem luring one with Forte, Jeffery, Cooper and Bennett as weapons. Was really a hard pick for me to make because I thin Fox would want to go a different way. No trades in this mock really handcuffed me into this pick.