Rd. 1, Pk. 15
Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio
General manager Ryan Pace loves high-upside talents, especially those from small schools. That's all he drafted last year after taking Mitchell Trubisky! Marcus Davenport obviously fits that mold, and he should be selected in the teens.
The Bears are not only getting a high-upside prospect, but they're also filling their biggest need. They have no viable edge rushers outside of Leonard Floyd, so that must change in a division with Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and now Kirk Cousins.
*** OTHER 2018 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. Denzel Ward, CB (at 8) - Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com said that the Bears love Ward. They've given out two substantial contracts to cornerbacks this offseason, but if they are smitten with Ward, they'll consider taking him.
2. Tremaine Edmunds, LB (at 8) - Edmunds also fits the mold of player Ryan Pace has drafted as general manager of the Bears.
Rd. 2, Pk. 7
Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
A high-upside player from a small school... sound familiar? The Bears would have to consider Courtland Sutton a great value at No. 39. He'd be a nice replacement for Cameron Meredith.
Rd. 4, Pk. 5
P.J. Hall, DT, Sam Houston State
The Bears could stand to add some depth to their defensive line in the middle rounds.
Rd. 4, Pk. 15
Danny Johnson, CB, Southern
Here's some more cornerback depth for a team that must stop Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and now Kirk Cousins.
Rd. 5, Pk. 8
Skyler Phillips, G, Idaho State
The Bears released talented guard Josh Sitton, so he'll be missed unless Chicago finds a proper replacement for him. Two blockers could be added to aid the interior.
Rd. 6, Pk. 7
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Rd. 7, Pk. 6
Martez Carter, RB, Grambling
There's some talk that Jordan Howard could be traded.
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.
The Bears could use a play-maker and a scoring weapon for Mitch Trubisky. We have a long way to go before the 2018 NFL Draft, and right now, there isn't a clear-cut top wide receiver. I've heard scouts gush over Christian Kirk, while others have soured on him. Also, some scouts haven't been as enthusiastic about Calvin Ridley as the media is. I know some scouts who love the skill set and potential of Equanimeous St. Brown, but Notre Dame's quarterback play is hurting him, and some think of him as a second-day pick. I think of the receivers, Ridley might be the safest projection to go first from the group. <br> <br>
Ridley has 44 catches for 584 yards and two touchdowns in 2017. He totaled 82 yards on seven receptions with a touchdown against Florida State and its NFL-level secondary. The 6-foot-1, 188-pounder Ridley is capable of producing a lot more, but Alabama's ground-based offense and running quarterback limit his opportunities. If Ridley were playing at a school like West Virginia, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, or pretty much any Big XII school, his production would be off the charts. Ridley has quality height, speed and upside for the NFL. He does have a thinner frame though, and will need to add weight. <br> <br>
In 2016, Ridley made 72 catches for 769 yards with seven touchdowns. He had a tremendous freshman season for the Crimson Tide as the replacement for Amari Cooper. Ridley was very effective in that role with 89 receptions for 1,045 yards with seven touchdowns. He finished the 2015 season with impressive performances against Florida and Michigan State to help push Alabama to the National Championship.
This is a bit of a surprise pick, but I suspect that Josh Sitton may be cut after this season. One is his age and history of nagging injuries that has caused him to miss time. However, the money saved by cutting him could be the biggest factor why. Nelson is a much cheaper player, with more upside, youth, and athleticism at this point than Sitton. The Bears also have his former o-line coach Harry Hiestand who will love to continue to work with his star pupil. Plus, Kyle Long's health has not been the best either so maybe Nelson can take the mantle as the leader of the line and rock in the middle if the veteran misses more time.
Last Mock Pick: Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame
Chicago finishes off its front seven with Edmunds. The Bears could use more talent across from Leonard Floyd. Aaron Lynch was signed, but he's more of a rotational backup. Edmunds could play inside and outside linebacker as he is a great fit in Vic Fangio's defense. <br> <br>
Edmunds totaled 109 tackles with three forced fumbles, 5.5 sacks, 14 tackles for a loss and two passes batted in 2017. Edmunds recorded 106 tackles with 18.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, three passes broken up, one forced fumble and one interception that season. <br> <br>
In pass coverage, Edmunds (6-4, 253) is very well suited to today's NFL. As a professional he could be an asset as a linebacker weapon to neutralize receiving threat tight ends in man to man coverage. He was very good in zone coverage for Virginia Tech last two seasons. Edmunds is comfortable in space and uses his excellent closing speed to hunt down ball carriers. In zone coverage Edmunds is skilled to pick up receivers coming into his area and keeping them from getting open. He also is a dangerous blitzer and closes ground in an instant. <br> <br>
Edmunds is an excellent run defender. He has good instincts and is quick to read his keys. With quick reactionary skills, he is always around the ball. Add that in with his explosive speed and athleticism, Edmunds covers a ton of ground with a lot of tackles for a loss or near the line of scrimmage. He is a skilled defender at producing a lot of good down-and-distance situations for his defense. Edmunds gave Virginia Tech a lot of second-and-8s, third-and-7s, and consistently put his defense in good position.
After trading up for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in the 2017 NFL draft, the Chicago Bears will be looking to surround him with talent to help him succeed in his sophomore season. They have already begun doing that in free agency by bringing in receiving targets Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Trey Burton. The dream pick here would most likely be Quenton Nelson to help bolster the interior of the Bears offensive line, but unfortunately for them he got selected one pick early by pesky Jason Licht. The Bears at this point will be looking at more receiving options and offensive line options; however there are no remaining prospects that are viable top ten picks, except fellow Notre Dame offensive lineman Mike McGlinchey is a prospect they fall in love with. That leaves the general manager Ryan Pace and new head coach Matt Nagy the remaining options of choosing the best player available or trading down.
I believe the pair will look at their draft board and decide to choose value on one of the best remaining prospects on their board in either Denzel Ward, Trumaine Edwards, or Marcus Davenport. Chicago will look to address their few offensive holes with later picks and lean on Matt Nagy's new complex offense to keep defenses guessing and their offense succeeding
Denzel Ward's stock has been soaring as of late and I would have to believe that he would be the highest rated player on Chicago big board and a player they would welcome into a blossoming secondary and defense. Ward was a stud at the 2018 NFL Combine by running a 4.32 40 yard dash and performing a 39 inch vertical and 136 inch broad jump. Ward is coming out of Ohio State University which has been a cornerback factory as of recently with NFL studs like Marshon Lattimore, Gareon Conley, Bradley Roby, and the questionable Eli Apple.
Chicago has some talented young safeties in Adrian Amos and Eddie Jackson, but the Bears could lose Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara in free agency. Marcus Cooper was signed last year, but ended up being a huge disappointment and was quickly benched. Chicago transition tagged Fuller, but he could still leave. If he does, the Bears could look for more talent for the secondary. Fitzpatrick is versatile to play both corner and safety, so Chicago could deploy him with Amos and Jackson to improve its pass coverage on the back end. <br> <br>
Fitzpatrick totaled 60 tackles, one interception, eight passes broken up and a forced fumble in 2017. He played really well, doing everything that could be asked of a safety. Fitzpatrick is an instinctive center fielder, covering receivers deep downfield. He is also fast in pursuit, tackles well in space at the second level, can come down into the box, and is able to play man coverage against tight ends and slot receivers, plus help out his cornerbacks. The 6-foot, 204-pounder has enough size and some natural cover skills. Sources have said that Fitzpatrick is a good fit as a free safety for the NFL. While some evaluators don't feel that Fitzpatrick is a dynamic athlete, they say he is very good player with a high football IQ. <br> <br>
In 2016, Fitzpatrick recorded 66 tackles with seven passes broken up and six interceptions. He was dominant at times for Alabama, splitting time between corner and safety. Fitzpatrick had a superb 2015 season for the Crimson Tide. The freshman totaled 45 tackles with two sacks, 11 passes broken up and two interceptions - both returned for a touchdowns.
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Rd. 1, Pk. 8
Roquan Smith, OLB/ILB
I thought the Bears would want Tremaine Edmunds over Roquan Smith because Edmunds fits the sort of prospect Ryan Pace has drafted in the past. Smith has less upside, but I think he's a much better player, at least the moment. Smith is a very intelligent linebacker who always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Chicago really struggled defensively when Danny Trevathan was hurt, so I love adding arguably the top player available who fills a need.
Rd. 2, Pk. 7
James Daniels, C
What a steal! James Daniels is a player I felt as though could be chosen in the early 20s. Some had Daniels as the top center in this class following Billy Price's injury. Daniels can also play guard, and that's where I believe he'll be stationed in Chicago, at least right away. The Bears had a big hole at guard, and Daniels will immediately fill that need.
Rd. 2, Pk. 19
Anthony Miller, WR
The Bears didn't have another second- or third-round pick, so they've somehow moved into this spot. I like the player they're taking, as Anthony Miller is a skilled receiver who should be able to provide an upgrade. I'm going to tentatively grade this as a B+, but hopefully Chicago didn't surrender too much to get the Memphis product.
Rd. 4, Pk. 15
Joel Iyiegbuniwe, ILB
I had Joel Iyiegbuniwe in the third round to the Steelers, though I had them reaching a bit to address a need. This makes more sense, as Chicago needed another linebacker for depth purposes. They're getting an athletic player who will at least play on special teams.
Rd. 5, Pk. 8
Bilal Nichols, DT/3-4DE
Bilal Nichols was seen as an early third-day prospect, so it's a logical move for the Bears to take him at this spot. Nichols is a small-school player who will need to prove himself, but he could provide solid depth on the defensive line for a team that needed it.
Rd. 6, Pk. 7
Kylie Fitts, DE/3-4OLB
I had Kylie Fitts in the third or fourth round of my mock drafts, so I love the value with this choice. Fitts is a very athletic edge rusher who could eventually emerge as a starter. It's not a surprise to see Ryan Pace pick a player like this.
Rd. 7, Pk. 6
Javon Wims, WR
Javon Wims lacks athleticism, but he could become a solid possession receiver in the NFL if he sticks around. Wims is a logical choice as a Round 6-7 prospect, and the Bears' need at wideout could allow him to hang on to a job.