Today we'll bring you the Mock Draft from that other ESPN NFL draft guru, Todd McShay, Since it's technically behind a paywall, we won't bring you all the gory details, but we will give you his pick for the Chicago Bears, and list a few prospects that he had still available when the Bears picked at 20.
With the 20th pick in the 2013 Todd McShay Mock Draft, the Chicago Bears select, Tyler Eifert, tight end, Notre Dame, and here's his take on the pick;
The signing of OT Jermon Bushrod has shored up the offensive line, with J'Marcus Webb holding down the other tackle spot and Gabe Carimi sliding inside to guard. And while the Bears did bring in TE Martellus Bennett through free agency, he's not a consistent commodity. New head coach Marc Trestman knows how to create and exploit mismatches, and Eifert's versatility in the passing game would make a valuable weapon for Trestman. With his ball skills and ability to stretch the middle of the field, Eifert could help take Chicago's offense to the next level.
We've talked about Eifert a lot here at Windy City Gridiron, but that was before Phil Emery signed Bennett, but I would still be OK with this pick, and here's why.
I think Eifert will be a game changing, play maker at the next level, and I love the idea of running double tight end sets with two very good TEs. If a team tries to go nickle package against Eifert, at nearly 6'6", he's too big. If a team stays in their base defense, he's too fast and too good a route runner for linebackers to stay with. He's a mismatch all over the field.
He does need to work on his blocking, but Bears fans saw Greg Olsen go from a terrible blocker, to at least a serviceable blocker before he was traded. So he can improve.
Here are a few other players that were still on his board at 20; Corners Desmond Trufant from Washington and Florida State's Xavier Rhodes, Bjoern Werner, DE from Florida State, and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o. Also it's interesting to note that McShay doesn't have Kansas State ILB Arthur Brown being drafted in the 1st or the 2nd round.
In the second round, McShay does have the Bears taking an inside linebacker, with Kevin Minter of LSU. I think Minter will be a good pro, but with Brown on the board still, it would be a tough choice.
Now it's your turn, what do you think of an Eifert / Minter take at the top of the draft for the Bears?