Yesterday we looked at a mock draft that saw the Chicago Bears going with a tight end in the first round- Stanford's Coby Fleener, who is the consensus top TE in the draft. The WCG comment thread was torn, some of those that didn't like the pick thought #19 was too early to take Fleener.
Today we'll look at a two round mock draft that addresses tight end in the 2nd round. Pat Kirwin, National NFL Insider for CBSSports.com published his latest mock earlier today.
With the 19th pick in the 1st round, he has Chicago going OT with Jonathan Martin of Stanford, and his 2nd round pick for the Bears is Clemson TE, Dwayne Allen. After the jump we'll take a look at what Kirwin had to say about both picks.Here's his take on selecting Martin;
Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford: Because the could pass on a tackle, Martin could fall right to the Bears. He can play left or right tackle and has done both at Stanford. He is well-schooled in pass blocking and has good run blocking skills.
We've looked at other mocks that had Martin as the Bears 1st round pick, and I think he'll be a solid pro. But unless all the chatter from Halas Hall about how positive they feel about their o-line is just a smokescreen, I'm not sold on them going OT in the first. His mock has Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd still available, and I think the Bears would go in his direction if he was sitting there at 19 in the actual draft.
And here's what Kirwin had to say about his 2nd round mocked pick to Chicago;
Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson: There was a time when he was considered the best TE in the draft. New Bears coordinator Mike Tice will like the combination of blocking and receiving skills. He had 50 receptions and eight touchdowns in 2011.
Allen won the Mackey Award as the nations top TE in 2011, his Junior season. The early entrant to the draft is an exceptional pass catching TE, but it's his blocking that is a concern for some scouts. He's not slight of build at 255 lbs and 6'3", and he has some strength as evidenced by his 27 bench press reps at the combine. Most scouting reports laud his work ethic, so I'll assume that his blocking will eventually improve. NFL.com has him graded as the top TE prospect available.
What do you think Bears fans? Take a look at his mock and let us know if you'd be happy if the real draft falls this way.