Chicago Bears 2017 NFL Mock Draft: Go Big Or Go Home
The Chicago Bears know their task at hand. It’s to plug every single hole possible on the roster in order to compete for the playoffs in 2017.
Sounds like an impossible task considering they just finished 3-13, their worst record since 1969. Nonetheless the objectives are clear enough. Find a quarterback. Improve the secondary. Add more weapons. Simple in that respect but difficult to execute. Much will depend on how they do in free agency but high noon is going to be the NFL draft. Here is the latest breakdown of how it might end up going for them.
S, Ohio State
This 2017 draft class is stacked with that caliber of talent. Chicago hasn’t had a top quality safety on its defense for over a decade. Malik Hooker showcased how special he could be this past season with seven interceptions and three defensive touchdowns. The fact he did it playing through two separate injuries makes it all the more impressive. He is a true ball hawk with size and speed. Everything they could want from the position.
QB, New England
That is likely why the Bears have since been connected to New England Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo. A trade for him makes so much sense. He’s an Illinois native, learned under an all-time great in Tom Brady and is just 25-years old. Bringing him home to take over the Bears could be the move that jumpstarts the next era for this franchise. He’s got good size, mobility, a strong arm and a lightning quick release with almost pinpoint accuracy.
So much hype gets heaped on his teammate Dawuane Smoot, but the reality is Carroll Phillips is the better edge rusher coming out of Illinois. The numbers prove that. He’s adept at bending the edge and exploding into the backfield to get the quarterback. His athleticism and use of hands have worked wonders when used in tandem. His body type is classic 3-4 outside linebacker. The fact he’s a homegrown talent from Illinois? Icing on the cake.
4th Round (via BUF)
WR, Miami Fl.
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