Let me start this by saying that this is my first time doing a fan post so I appologize in advance anything formated incorrectly. Now that that is out of the way let me welcome you to my 2011 Chicago Bears mock draft. As with most hardcore football fans I love the draft and all of the anticipation leading up to it. I try to check out as many mock drafts as I possibly can to kinda get a gage for where guys are gonna wind up (Jason La Canfora is usually pretty good) and form my own opinions of who should be picked where. While I know that its almost impossible to get more than maybe one or two of these rite at the most I do enjoy getting my opinion out there and listening to feedback. So enjoy and be sure to give your opinion.
1st Round 29th pick
Mike Pouncey, OG Florida
I really like this guy ever since seeing him in the Outback Bowl. He is as athletic a big man as I think I've ever seen, and has the ability to play either C or G. Most mocks I see have him going within the first eight pics of the second and a couple have him going in the early 20's. It is my belief that the big 5 OT's will be gone by the time the 29'th pic comes around leaving Pouncey as the best available O-Lineman. This guy looks to be every bit as good as his brother and with his size and athleticism I can see him taking the LG spot from C-Dub from day one. Highlights
2nd Round 62nd pic
Stefen Wisniewski, C Penn State
If there is one player in this mock that I hope I'm right about it is Wisniewski. This guy was as solid of an interior lineman as could be found in the nation last year and when you combine the talent, work ethic, and character of this big bodied, hard nosed Big 10 center you with Mike Tice and you will have an awesome player. Add in his leadership ability and this guy IS the replacement for Olin Kreutz come 2012. Now I know there a people out there screaming for a 3-tech DT with this pic, but again I think the big 3 DT's of the 2nd round (Paea, Austin, and Nevis) will be gone by the time our pic comes around. Plus with Wisniewski and Pouncey at G and C it gives a solid foundation to build the rest of the O-line around.
3rd Round 91st pic
Jurrell Casey, DT USC
For all of those looking for a DT in the first 3 pics here it is. This is a guy that I saw a couple mocks showing the Bears picking with their second pick a couple months ago. However, he has slipped over the past month into the 3rd round and I'm not exactly sure why. He has the quickness and lower body strength to be a really good 3-technique after a year or two developing. The biggest thing that I absolutely love about this guy is that he has a great motor, and doesnt give up on plays as seen in his Highlights. I think that this guy could be a steal if given a year or two to develop under Rod Marinelli.
4th Round 121st pic
Vincent Brown, WR San Diego State
Again, as Im writing this I can here all the people saying that we need to get a big 6'2"+ reciever. I disagree with that notion. What the offense needs is not necesarily a super tall reciever as much as a reciever who knows how to get open and use his body to be agressive and go after the ball. That is where Vincent Brown comes in; he is everything described there. This guy was touted as one of the standouts during the senior bowl, and was cosistently praised for how he used his body to play bigger than he really is. Plus as an added advantage he was in a west coast pro-style offense in college. Give this guy a year or two to bulk up and he could be a perfect fit for the #1 reciever in Martzfense. Actually, given his size and the way he plays he kinda reminds me of a former Martzfense #1 guy... does the name Torry Holt ring a bell? Dont forget that he was only 6'0" 200 lbs. even though he played like he was about 6'3". Highlights
5th Round 150th pic
Rashad Carmicheal, CB Virginia Tech
By this point Im basically throwing darts in the dark (in other words im using JA's draft strategy). Its true we need a CB, however I think that last year we showed enough depth at the position that we can get away with another year of picking a "developmental" guy. However, after reading the scouting report on this guy he seems to be a perfect fit for what we would be looking for here. He's quick, plays better in a cover 2 zone, he returned punts in college, and brings a play making ability to the field. I think this would be a solid pic at this point in the draft and who knows, maybe he can develop into something down the line. Highlights
6th Round 180th pic
For this pic you can basically insert any late round developmental QB here. I picked Yates because he is going to be working out for the Bears and because he played in a pro style offense. I dont think JA lets this draft go by without getting a developmental qb. He has said in the past that he want to be able to develop backup qb's in house similar to how the Packers do, and last year he lost LeFevour. He wont make that mistake again. Highlights
Well there it is, my first and probably only mock draft. I hope you enjoyed it, be sure to leave some feedback.
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