With the 32nd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft...
The Super Bowl Champion; Chicago Bears select....
Jelani Jenkins- Linebacker - Florida
Now Before you grab the pitch forks and torches and storm over to Central Illinois to burn my cardboard mansion down..Let me explain the reasoning behind this "reach" of a pick.
The Bears have aging linebackers, that's no secret to anybody, and if you deny this then you need to stop reading this post, stop posting on this site, and stop watching football because obviously it's not your speed.
With Urlacher and Briggs both in their mid 30's and Urlcher set to become a Free Agent after 2013, the Bears need to shoot some youth into their Linebacking corps, and quick.
This is where Jenkins comes in....
At 6'0 237lbs Jenkins has the size and speed (4.45 40yd dash) to play in the Tampa-2 system. He can play either WLB, or SLB, starting both at different times in college (also seeing some time at MLB). Jenkins is predominantly a coverage LB, which is what the T2 calls for. Linebackers who can cover and make the tackle when the receiver gets the ball.
Now you ask me "Where is the offensive lineman? Where is the defensive tackles?!?" , I tell you that this draft is so deep in OL and DTs that a 3rd round tackle from this draft would have been a 1st round tackle in last year's draft. This draft, however, is weaksauce in linebackers, therefor the Bears jump on one of the better linebackers available. Jenkins may be sort of a reach at 32, but he has as much upside as any linebacker in the draft. So, I believe this is the best pick available for the Bears. It fills both a need as well as BPA.
Follow the jump to see my other 31 picks.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars - Matt Barkley – QB – USC
2. Cleveland Browns - Robert Woods – WR – USC
3. Minnesota Vikings – David Amerson – CB – NC State
4. Indianapolis Colts – Barkevious Mingo – DE - LSU
5. Miami Dolphins – Keenan Allen – WR - Cal
6. St. Louis Rams - Tyler Lewan – LT - Michigan
7. St. Louis Rams (from Redskins) – Justin Hunter – WR- Tennessee
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jarvis Jones – DE - Georgia
9. Kansas City Chiefs – Star Lotulelei – NT – Utah
10. Oakland Raiders – Jonathan Hankins- NT – Ohio State
11. Arizona Cardinals – Tyler Wilson – QB - Arkansas
12. New York Jets – Eric Reid – S - LSU
13. Seattle Seahawks – Barret Jones – OT- Alabama
14. San Diego Chargers – Sam Montgomery – DE - LSU
15. Detroit Lions. – Xavier Rhodes - CB – Florida State
16. Buffalo Bills – DJ Fluker – OT - Alabama
17. Denver Broncos – Jackson Jeffcoat – DE - Texas
18. Philadelphia Eagles – Alex Okafor – DE - Texas
19. Cincinnati Bengals – Marcus Lattimore – RB – South Carolina
20. Carolina Panthers – Chris Faulk – OT - LSU
21. Dallas Cowboys – Jake Matthews - Ot – Texas A&M
22. New York Giants- Johnathan Cooper – OG – North Carolina
23. Green Bay Packers – Luke Joeckel – OT/G – Texas A&M
24. Tennessee Titans- William Gholston – DE – Michigan St.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers- Jonathon Banks – CB –Mississippi St.
26. Houston Texans- Manti Te’o – LB – Notre Dame
27. San Francisco 49ers - Ricky Wagner – OT - Wisconsin
28. Baltimore Ravens- RayRay Armstrong – S – The _(former) / Faulkner University (Current)
29. Atlanta Falcons- Tyler Eifert – TE – Norte Dame
30. New Orleans Saints- Kawan Short – DT - Purdue
31. New England Patriots- Tony Jefferson – S - Oklahoma