PLEASE READ BEFORE ANY HATING: This mock is entirely dependant on our first round pick as it shapes the way the Bears draft in the following rounds. While I don't necessarily think the draft will fall this way, it might. For some background information regarding the first pick, check out this article by John "Moon" Mullin here.
Round 1: DaQuan Bowers, DE, Clemson
Once considered a top-5 pick, Bowers has seen his draft stock fall as a result of an injury. Falling all the way to the Bears is a bit of a stretch but I have seen some second round grades on him suddenly. There isn't much time left before the draft for his stock to rise back up. While DE isn't a pressing need, our defense in centered on getting consistent pressure on the QB. Bowers is uber-talented and Angelo will not be able to pass him by. Additionally, my mock has all the top OT's gone, Pouncey, Luiget, and Wilkerson are gone as well. As I mentioned earlier, while this pick isn't likely, if Bowers falls to the Bears it would significantly the rest of the draft for us.
Round 2: Marcus Cannon, OT, TCU
While Cannon is labeled as a tackle, I think he may end up being kicked inside. This is largely due to the fact that I think Tice is going to try and move Webb to LT and Williams back to RT and see how that goes. We obviously need to start looking at OG as a position of need as Garza is getting older and if Williams moves back outside, someone will need to step in. Tice won't be able to pass on a guy this size who moves so well.
Round 3: Terrell McClain, DT, South Florida
His name has been mentioned a lot lately, so why stop. He projects to the late third round and he fits a need. The idea of a D-line with Bowers, Peppers, Idonije and McClain, combined with Adams, Harrison and Wooton is scary. I like the idea of having one of the toughest D-lines in the game.
Round 4: Daryl "Buster" Skrine, CB, Chatanooga
This guy will be a fan favorite just for his nickname, Buster. Measurables of 5'10'', 186 show that he is a little undersized like most Bears CB draft picks. But he is already on the Bears radar as Jon Hoke worked this guy out at his pro day. While he is a bit smaller than the CB I was hoping we would draft, he is lightning quick, posting 4.37 40 time at the combine. Additionally, he did 20 reps on the bench which is very respectable for a CB. His speed makes him even more appealing as a Manning replacement for kickoff returns.
Round 5: Austin Pettis, WR, Boise State
Obviously, this guy's name has been thrown around here for a while and I think he is a good fit for the team. He has the elite size at 6'3'' 209lbs and could definately bulk up a bit without losing much speed.
Round 6: Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech
Alright, before everyone flips their lid at this pick, hear me out. Tyrod is a great athlete and one of the best football players that Virginia Tech has ever had. He broke multiple school passing and rushing records. I like this pick because I do think that the Bears should keep Hanie at 2 and draft a young late round guy with potential. While many will say he doesn't fit our offense, I think he could complement the offense well. He is exactly what Brad Smith is to NY and adds an element of suprise. Putting aside any feelings I have regarding Michael Vick, Tyrod has the potential to follow in his football steps. Additionally, he could be run in the Wildcat or plugged in at WR or RB.
So, what do you think?