Been thinking for a while about re-doing my mock again after tweeting with Chiguy8506 and Lester Wiltfong, and also just pondering about the draft in general. I'll provide the names of my previous 2 mocks for the 1st 4 rounds, then list and describe my new draft. Time to take the jump!
So, my first mock draft went something like this a good while ago:
1) Dre Kirkpatrick, DB, Alabama
2) Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
3a) Matt Reynolds, OT, BYU
3b) Audie Cole, LB, NC State
4) Brian Quick, WR, App State
And, Take 2 went as follows:
1) Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
2) Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
3a) Alfonso Dennard, DB, Nebraska
3b) Audie Cole, LB, NC State
4) Josh Chapman, DT, Alabama
Now, for Mock Draft 3.0! Dre Kirkpatrick could certainly be a realistic possibility now with our first pick, but, he's not my pick this time. Mike Adams was rumored to be having a bad combine as of right now, and both HC Lovie Smith as well as Mike Tice seem to have given their respective endorsements to current starting LT J'Marcus Webb. I still anticipate on the Bears landing a top flight WR, signing a couple of LBs for depth, and are likely to resign CB Tim Jennings in FA, with the Jennings re-signing being predicted by his agent Brian Mackler. Yet, the Bears still will be searching for a top of the line pass rusher to pair wit Julius Peppers, and I don't anticipate the Bears being able to win the Mario Williams sweepstakes without sacrificing any chance of adding a dependable receiver in FA. So, with the 19th overall pick of the 2012 draft, the Chicago Bears have selected:
1) Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina - Out of all the players I have and will continue to research, he is by far the most versatile defensive player I've ever seen. He can play anywhere in the front seven. He's played at DE and at OLB, he even lined up inside as a DT in pure pass situations. His pass rushing skills are phenomenal to say the least, and he is very well built standing in at 6'2", 276 lbs. Ingram is at his best with his hand on the ground lined up as a DE in a 4-3 alignment. It's not just his pass rush to be aware of, though. He also made quite a few tackles behind the LOS, and added a couple of picks to his resume. Teams will eyeball him as a potential 3-4 OLB; however, pass coverage isn't his forte. His consistency has been called to question as well. He has a great motor, and is relentless. Plus, both Lovie and Hot Rod seem to like versatile DL. If available, then this would be a no-brainer.
2) Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia - With Tice stating that J'Marcus Webb and Gabe Carimi will be the starting OTs, it doesn't appear that we will see a new potential starting OT added. The same can't and wasn't said for the interior of the OL. Where the Bears were ranked 9th in the NFL in rushing last season, the majority of those yards came going to the outside. A good amount of times, any RB sent up the middle would get stuffed, if not sent backwards thanks to a C/G getting blown up. Competition must be added to the interior, so here comes this big guy. First, he's HUGE at 6'6", 345 lbs. Second, he's an outstanding as well as consistent player when paving lanes in the running game. Third, he's shown to be a very nimble giant, reportedly running below a 5.0 in the 40. And 4th, he is rather versatile, where he has started mostly at Guard, but occasionally at Tackle. He seems like a natural fit at either LG or RG, and if nothing else, he is extremely close to Carl Nicks in terms of potential. Normally, OGs don't get taken beyond round 2 at highest, though. That is why I have him here, as a ferocious addition to an OL in need.
3a) Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin - Son of former Jets 3 time Pro Bowl WR Al Toon, even with the presumed addition of a top flight WR in FA, the receiving corps needs to be overhauled. His stock isn't all that high due to lingering issues with a foot injury sustained last season. Also, he isn't the fastest player, and we won't know until his foot injury is resolved. He's very physical, though, and runs great routes while having experience in a pro-style offense. His hands are perhaps his best feature along with the willingness to go after the tough catch in key moments of the game, and gaining yards after the catch. He is at his best in 3rd down situations. Doesn't have top flight speed, but he is still an all-round great receiver to snatch here. Jay Cutler can use all the good 6'2"+ targets he can get.
3b) Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana - Every year, in every draft, comes a great skill player that no one had previously heard of until their name is called. This is such the case. I was introduced to this player when watching a recording of the yearly battle between Montana State (Where my dad graduated from) and Montana. I was thoroughly impressed. So, I researched a lot more. He is nearly identical in terms of physical size (6'2", 204 lbs) and playing style to Charles Tillman. Note, the Big Sky Conference isn't exactly like the SEC, BIG 10, Etc. in terms of competition and producing NFL caliber players, but his stats were rather impressive, being credited for 44 tackles, 1 sack, 1 int, and 12 pass deflections in his senior season. His int numbers aren't going to shock anyone, but those pass deflections are incredible. He's not someone who will fit in with a man-on-man type scheme, but with a zone type scheme such as our "beloved" Tampa 2, he's a great fit.
4) Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri - I expect Kellen Davis to be re-signed, and Matt Spaeth is a good compliment to him in that regard. Do I still see the Bears taking a TE? Obviously, yes, as again competition should be added. He's seen more as a pass catcher than as an all-round type player, but he's still a somewhat balanced player. His run-blocking needs work, but he at least is a willing blocker who's not afraid of making the first hit on the edge. He also isn't going to burn anyone in a footrace, but there is some speed to his large frame. What I like best, his work ethic, which has been praised by his coaching staff, on top of what currently is a spotless record.
Rounds 5-7) BPA
As always, some players in this mock may be wishful thinking according to some, and others could be reaches. No mock is perfect, yet I feel very comfortable with this mock. Hopefully, y'all will like this too. As always, feel free to commentate. Sound Off Bears Fans!