Fan Mock Draft: Whom should the Bears select No. 14 overall?
It’s draft time! We’ve had our experts tell you who will be drafted where, but now it’s time for you to throw on your GM cap and decide for yourself. Each day we will present an argument for each player and why the respective team should pick them. Then, it’s up to you. You make the pick. The next day, we will compile the results and you can see who is off the board. Disagree with all of the options? Be sure to write in your pick below in the comments section. OK, let’s get into it. The Chicago Bears are on the clock.
The Bears’ motive this offseason was to beef up their pass rush. They certainly did that with the signings of Lamarr Houston, Jared Allen and Willie Young. While fortifying their defensive line, questions remain in the secondary. Cornerback could be a need as Tim Jennings, an aging Charles Tillman and Kelvin Hayden are slated as the top three cornerbacks on the depth chart.
A free safety could be an intriguing option as Chris Conte struggled at times, though the team added M.D. Jennings on a one-year deal in free agency.
The Bears offensive line is in rebuild mode, too. Last season they had four new starters and some jelled more than others. Rookie right tackle Jordan Mills was hurried often during his rookie season and the team opted to sign veteran Eben Britton. The interior linemen of left guard Matt Slauson, center Roberto Garza and right guard Kyle Long has a lot of promise next season. Or maybe they shake it up and draft a game-changing playmaker? So, who should the Bears select with the No. 14 overall pick?
Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert
Have the cornerbacks fallen too far? Gilbert would immediately upgrade the secondary, but the Chicago brass must decide whether he’s worth the pick.
Alabama FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
The Bears would clearly benefit from drafting the Alabama product. Clinton-Dix is one of this year’s most intriguing prospects because of his game-changing ability. Clinton-Dix is versatile enough to play multiple positions in the secondary.
Notre Dame OT Zack Martin
Martin started 52 games at Notre Dame, which is a school record. He’s light on his feet and very athletic for his 6-foot-4, 308-pound frame. Adding Martin would give the Rams a very dependable lineman.
Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks
The Bears have two monsters on the outside with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. How dynamic of an offense would it be if the Bears added Cooks in the slot? Since he was named an All-American and the Biletnikoff Award winner, teams have taken notice of the 5-foot-10, 190-pound wide receiver. Cooks blew scouts away by running a 4.33 in the 40-yard dash, but what’s more is he’s a precise route runner. His production can’t be discounted: 128 receptions for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns during his junior year.
North Carolina TE Eric Ebron
The Bears have Martellus Bennett, Zach Miller and Dante Rosario on the roster, but could the intrigue of running a legit two tight-end system force the selection of Ebron? Ebron, who averaged 17 yards a catch during his three-year career in Chapel Hill, has the size and speed combination to excel in the league.