Checking out the various Mock Drafts floating around out there is always fun. I like to get a national perspective on which direction they think Bears will take. Sometimes it makes no sense, but occasionally a site will hit on someone that strikes a cord with the Bear faithful. With the Bears making their initial pick in the third round it makes it harder to find some thorough mocks out there, but a few do delve deeper than day one of the Draft.
Will Chicago GM Jerry Angelo go with the need positions or will he peg the best player available? Or will he be fortunate enough to have the best player on his board also be a need position?
After the jump lets see what the "experts" have to say about the Chicago Bears and their 2010 Draft.
Fantasy Football Jungle has a mock up to pick #95 and as of March 21st they have the Bears taking Mike Williams the WR from Syracuse with pick #74. Here's what they had to say in regards to the selection;
They will be lucky if Williams is still here because he has 2nd round talent but falls this far due to off the field issues. He's strong, fairly fast (4.5 in the 40 at the combine) and fights for the ball when it is in the air. His route running isn't where it needs to be, but he is the type of player that can go get Cutler's errant passes.
No thanks. First off I don't think they'll go receiver with their top pick, and secondly if they do it won't be Williams. There is just too much baggage that goes along with him. In their mock they have the big offensive lineman from LSU Ciron Black going to the Packers at #86. If the actual NFL Draft is falling like they believe it will, my pick is Black.
NFLDraft101 has a 3 round mock up and rolling and as of March 22nd they have the Bears going with the controversial offensive tackle Tony Washington from Abilene Christian. I can see the Bears drafting him, I just don't see them doing so in the 3rd round. Their mock has some interesting defensive back prospects still on the board. Vanderbilt CB Myron Lewis who some think will end up at FS in the NFL and FS Major Wright from Florida would both be better options for Chicago in the third.
If you fancy OL with this pick, their mock has Vladimir Ducasse going 5 picks after the Bears (to Denver). He would be a good addition to the Bears. The Massachusetts left tackle projects to either RT or G in the NFL, and is getting up to a 2nd round grade by some scouts.
Draft Debacled has a bunch of mocks posted and their most recent is from March 21st. They have the Bears taking Oklahoma CB Dominique Franks in the 3rd and Notre Dame C/G Eric Olsen in the 4th. I don't mind these picks. I like the upside of Olsen, and Franks has been receiving a 2nd round grade on some sites.
This might seem like a strange pick, but Franks is big value at this selection and Chicago's secondary is kind of a mess anyway. They need reliable cover men.
The Bears secondary a mess? Draft Debacled has another writer that did a 3 round mock as of March 21st and he has the Bears going Jon Asamoah the guard from Illinois. Again, no problem there. I liked his reasoning;
Why can't Matt Forte run? Interior line stinks.
Walter Football takes their mock up to the 4th round, and as of last week they had the Bears going Morgan Burnett the FS from Georgia Tech in the 3rd and guard Mike Johnson of Alabama in the 4th. Solid picks.
The Bears have had a hole at free safety for years. It's time to find a capable player at the position.
Matt Forte fantasy owners, direct your hate mail toward left guard Frank Omiyale, who couldn't open up any running lanes for his star back when he was in the lineup. A major overhaul is needed for Chicago's offensive line.
If Burnett lasts to their pick Bears fans would be flipping their lid in anticipation of the Bears getting their draft card to the podium, but after his great pro day I think he's shot up to the 2nd round. And Johnson is a guy that grades out good in the passing game.
What do you think Bears fans? Did these "experts" draft the way you think would benefit the Bears?
In a week or so I'll take another look at some Mock drafts and on Thursday I'll get back to my series looking at Bears Draft Weekend Possibilities.