The NFL Draft is just 30 days away and seems to have the momentum of a runaway freight train. So, naturally, mock drafts have been very popular.
Here is the latest …
- Perhaps the free agent signings of Mike Glennon and Mark Sanchez are just a smoke screen as the Bears prepare to draft Deshaun Watson. OK, not quite. But at least two recent mocks have the Bears selecting the Clemson quarterback with the third overall pick. Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. of Windy City Gridiron, representing the Bears in SB Nation’s NFL writers’ mock draft, selected Watson, citing 1) GM Ryan Pace’s affinity for prospects from winning programs and 2) how the depth on the defensive end of the ball could allow the Bears to target those prospects in later rounds.
- For what it’s worth, Wiltfong is joined by Bleacher Report’s Chris Roling, who also has Watson going third to the Bears. Strength in numbers for the top quarterback in the draft? It still seems unlikely the Bears would use the third pick in the draft on a quarterback, especially given their needs at other positions. But if the team truly believes in Watson’s future, it’s a pick they should make.
- Over at Pro Football Weekly, Hub and Arthur Arkush have differing opinions on what player the Bears will draft with the third pick – but both see the Bears going in one particular direction. Hub Arkush’s first mock draft puts Alabama’s Jonathan Allen on the Bears with his pick. Arkush calls Allen the second best player in the draft (behind Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett) and he fits a position of need at the five technique. Arthur Arkush also envisions the Bears drafting a defensive lineman, but his first mock has Chicago choosing Stanford’s Solomon Thomas.
- The Stanford standout is a more versatile player, which could fit into some unique roles for defensive coordinator Vic Fango. Arkush believes drafting Thomas would increase the Bears’ defensive flexibility and production. If the Bears’ first pick came to be either Allen or Thomas, it wouldn’t be difficult to make a case for either as a quality choice because of the skill and upside. But it’s what happens after the pick that will decide that player’s future.
- Gary Davenport of Bleacher Report also believes the Bears will make a splash in the draft with a defensive pick, but mocks LSU safety Jamal Adams to the Bears. As does Rob Rang of CBS Sports. The consensus for LSU’s playmaking safety continues to grow as we get closer to the draft. And for obvious reasons.
- Safety isn’t the only sore spot in the draft, which is why Dane Brugler of CBS Sports mocking cornerback Marshon Lattimore to the Bears makes a ton of sense. Even though the Bears signed free agents Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper, the cornerback position is still one with major question marks. Maybe a consensus will grow here with the Ohio State product, as NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein also has Lattimore slotted into the third overall pick. If Lattimore can live up to his draft billing as a cornerback with strong coverage skills and the ability to make plays on the ball, the Bears secondary would be much improved across the board.
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