Chicago Bears 2017 Mock Draft: Playing Percentages
As is the case every year, the draft priorities for the Chicago Bears continue to shift from week to week. It’s impossible to predict which way they will go.
What is clear above anything else is they do have certain areas of the roster that need help. That’s true for both the offense and defense. It’s a matter of how things will be stacked up for them when they go on the clock. Here is their latest mock draft, complete with how it could go depending on the latest information.
1st Round (via TEN from LA)
Kyle Fuller may be done there. Tracy Porter is aging and can’t stay healthy, nor can Bryce Callahan. This team needs stability at that crucial spot. Teez Tabor is right up their alley. The Florida standout has all the tools. He’s tall, rangy and athletic. He plays with a high degree of swagger, is fluid in his movement and knows how to get his hands on the football. One of those man cover corners who can trail the best receiver on every team they face.
1st Round (via TEN)
People continue to overlook Adam Bisnowaty and that’s a real shame. He’s quietly been one of the top tackles in the nation. The lead blocker for a highly productive Pitt offense. He’s rock solid in pass protection, showing great technique and movement skills. To top it off he shows a good degree of power and nasty as a run blocker as well. He would have no trouble making the transition to the right side if asked.
QB, Miami (Fl.)
At the same time it’s easy to see why many people like him. He’s an even-keel, tough kid who can take hits and keeps getting up. His outer demeanor doesn’t show much but he’s clearly a competitor. The arm strength is there and he knows how to operate from inside the pocket with good poise. The big question is can he improve with better protection and weapons around him? Chicago is willing to put him behind Jay Cutler and find out.
BYU often can churn out some high quality talent. The Bears should know. Jim McMahon came from there. Kai Nacua is a name they almost certainly are hearing about. The 6’2″ safety is emerging as one of the best ball hawks in the country. He had six interceptions last season as a junior and already has four in 2016. His instinct is outstanding and he doesn’t shirk his tackling duties. If he’s on the board here, it’s a steal.
WR, North Carolina
Mitch Trubisky is one of the hottest quarterback names out there. A big reason for that is because he has a dynamic receiving talent in Ryan Switzer. Just watching him for 10-15 plays in a game and people will instantly draw visions of former Pro Bowler Wes Welker. The young man may be undersized but he’s very quick, a precise route runner, tough and is fearless going over the middle. He plays so much bigger than he actually is.
4th Round (via BUF)
TE, South Alabama
Chicago is comfortable with veteran Zach Miller as their primary tight end, but he’s getting into his 30s now. They can’t trust he’ll be in peak form much longer. The depth behind him at this point is bad. There are no proven commodities on the roster, young or old. That is why this pick was inevitable. Everett will be able to slide into the #2 spot, learn behind Miller and hopefully become their main guy in a year or two.
OLB, South Carolina
People were skeptical of what the Bears could do with Leonard Floyd who had just 4.5 sacks his final year at Georgia. Now he has three in his past two games. English has the same upside. Chicago may not have a huge need for pass rushers but that is no excuse to stop adding them. Deeper rotations keep players fresher during games and allow defenses to attack quarterbacks in waves. It’s how winning championships is done. Ask Denver.
FB, Virginia Tech
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