If you’re a believer in the “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” adage when it comes to NFL rumors, then you’ll want to check out the Chicago Bears’ situation with an eye on LSU safety Jamal Adams. Because even Forbes has a mock draft sending the LSU safety to Chicago at this point.
The latest …
- ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. has had a change of heart with regards to who the Bears will pick with the third overall pick in the draft. After pegging the Bears to pick Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen in his first two runs, Kiper’s latest (which is an ESPN Insider read) has LSU safety Jamal Adams going to the Bears as a perfect fit. While Kiper admits selecting Adams third seems high based on the traditional value tied to a safety, times have changed. Kiper describes Adams as a hybrid because of his ability to cover tight ends and receivers, as well as his skills as an inside-the-box defender. Both Allen and Adams fit needs and project to be Week 1 starters if either was drafted by the Bears. But after months of Allen being the consensus pick for the Bears at No. 3, there is a growing consensus with Adams being the guy.
- Add Peter Schrager’s mock draft at FOX Sports, Brent Sobleski’s from Bleacher Report, and Ryan Wilson’s via CBS Sports to the growing pile of projections that have Adams going to the Bears. Schrager calls Adams a tone-setter with how he plays in the secondary, and cites Adams’ pedigree (his father George played for the Giants in the 1980s) in the process. Sobleski notes the increasing importance of having able-bodied defenders in the secondary who can defend the pass and be versatile enough to stop the run. Adams has that raw ability, plus the capacity to make calls as a quarterback of the defense. Wilson believes Adams is among the safest picks in the draft. Adams was a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season, by LSU standards, but could stabilize the Bears’ secondary en route to improving the defense altogether.
- Sobleski having Adams to the Bears was just part of a full seven-round mock. In this well-rounded mock draft, Sobleski has the Bears adding to depth at quarterback (Pittsburgh’s Nate Peterman, third round), wide receiver (Louisiana Tech’s Carlos Henderson, fourth round), defensive line (Illinois’ Dawuane Smoot, fourth round), and cornerback (Lamar’s Brendan Langley, fifth round). One of the more intriguing selections in this particular mock would be the second-round selection of Wisconsin offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk. The Bears added Tom Compton to the mix on the line, but he might be better suited as a depth piece or extra tackle in certain formations. If the Bears can find a tackle worth starting with a second round pick, they should pounce on the opportunity. It’s a strategy that worked well enough when they chose Cody Whitehair in the second round in 2016.
- Dane Brugler of CBS Sports has the Bears picking a player to solidify the secondary, but it’s not Adams – whom he has dropping to fifth, landing with the Tennessee Titans. Brugler has the Bears choosing Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore, a player who could bring upside and playmaking ability to a position group that is deep, but lacking big-play talent. Lattimore had some injury concerns pop up at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, but is worthy of being selected third overall if doctors give him a clean bill of health.