After seeing others around here publish more mocks and as the combine draws closer, I've decided to go ahead and revise my old draft through the 1st 4 rounds. Take the leap and see my improved draft.
Before I begin, here is a link to my first mock I published a while ago. And the first 5 picks in the first 4 rounds of my Bears' mock were:
1)Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
2) Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
3) Matt Reynolds, OT, BYU
3) Audie Cole, LB, NC State
4) Brian Quick, WR, App State
Now, to the revised and better mock 2.0. This mock was published with the assumption the Bears spend big in FA once again and haul in a top WR, a formidable pass rusher, and a solid CB to pair with Charles Tillman. So, with the 19th overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft, the Chicago Bears select:
1) Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State - His stock is really on the rise after having a great performance at the Senior Bowl, and bottom line we need someone who can push if not potentially replace J'Marcus Webb at LT. His consistency is of concern, yet I feel with good coaching he can turn into a great LT in a balanced offense such as the one that shall be ran in Chicago under Mike Tice, where he likes 'em big and nasty on the OL. Mike Adams fits the bill rather nicely.
2) Rueben Randle, WR, LSU - People will say that he had a bad performance in the bowl game, where I'll say everyone on LSU's offense had a terrible performance in the BCS National Championship Game. He won't be a first rounder after that performance as well as being suspended for a few games, but he still has first round talent. 6'4" and over 210 lbs with good hands and impressive speed, he would be a great fit in Chicago where WR is the top need. I'm not sure if he will be a #1 type player in the NFL, but he will make for a great #2 receiver on any team he goes to, as well as producing immediately as a rookie.
3) Alfonso Dennard, CB, Nebraska - The stock with this player is falling, fast. Not only did he suffer a leg injury during his senior year, he also had one of the more disappointing performances at the Senior Bowl. Right now, I see him in the 2nd to early 3rd round range, basically falling right here to the Bears. Despite all the issues he had, he's still a great player to add. He's undersized, but also a great if not ideal fit for the Tampa 2 in Chicago.
3) Audie Cole, LB, NC State - Here is the one player that I'll keep the same in both mock drafts. We need to find an eventual heir to the MLB position that can also step in right away and compete for the SLB job. He's played both outside and in, projecting as a natural 4-3 style LB.
4) Josh Chapman, DT, Alabama - When I watched this guy play, he reminded me of Anthony Adams when he was at his best in 2010. While not providing too much to desire in pass rushing scenarios, this guy is an absolute beast against the run. Teams will hunt for him as a 5 tech DT for a 3-4 scheme, but he'll also fit in quite nicely as a NT for a 4-3 scheme like ours. Our DT corps certainly can rush the passer, but run stuffing was inconsistent, Chapman would most certainly put an end to those concerns.
Rounds 5-7, BPA.
There you have it WCG, what I hope is an even better mock draft compared to my last one. Not as many potential falls in this draft, more or less choosing players for positions of need when they're most likely available. So, perhaps a more realistic draft some would say. Anyways, hopefully I give my pals chiguy8506 and Joeb'n777 a run for their respective monies with this 4 round Bears mock. Sound off everybody!