Chicago Bears: Three-Round 2017 NFL Mock Draft
The Chicago Bears have a chance to really give their young roster a boost in 2017. Provided they get it right. Does this late NFL mock draft reflect it?
A few things to keep in mind. Everybody knows what the primary needs are, but needs can’t always be met through the draft. Better players might be available at given times. The crop of college prospects might be weak at those positions. Or free agency could’ve filled certain holes. At the end of the days it’s key to remember the draft is about acquiring the best possible talent that can help turn the Bears into a contender.
Jonathan Allen is without question one of the top talents in the draft. The Alabama defensive end is a physical force. He brings the size and power to stop the run but hides a good degree of burst and quickness that makes him a consistent pass rusher. Blockers don’t enjoy going against him for 60 minutes because he’s going to get them at least 2-3 times a game. Imagine putting him on a front with Leonard Floyd, Pernell McPhee, Willie Young, Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman. Exactly.
QB, Miami (Fl.)
Persistent word of late indicates the Bears are doing heavy research on Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya. Not a surprise. He’s considered one of the most pro-ready prospects at the position. A tall passer who can stand in the pocket and deliver strikes when protected. There are concerns about his ability to handle pressure but it’s believed he’s one of the smartest players in the draft. That’s hugely important for a quarterback. Given the solid offensive line and running game the Bears have, it could be an ideal situation for him.
OT, Florida State
Roderick Johnson has gotten pro quality coaching at Florida State under Jimbo Fisher, so he’s already ahead of the game. At 6’7″, 311 lbs he’s a giant for even that position but has the athleticism to match it. Scouts haven’t been happy with him lately due to his inconsistent performances. Some weeks he’s good. Others he isn’t. What they neglect to remember is Johnson is just 20-years old. He’s still a kid and has plenty of starting experience that includes the final five games of his freshman year.
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