Yesterday Windy City Gridiron's very own Steven Schweickert appeared on the blog talk radio show, Making Sense, and he participated in their mock draft.HE took a player that we've heard a lot about the last month, Alec Ogletree, linebacker, Georgia.
Linebacker seems to be a popular choice in these last minute mocks.
Here's Mel's take;
The Bears found one pretty good piece in free agency at linebacker in D.J. Williams, but James Anderson doesn't provide great assurances at the other spot, and Lance Briggs is in the same position now as Brian Urlacher was a couple of years ago. He can still play but both he and the Bears know the clock is ticking. I think Te'o is a natural fit as a possible starter now, and a long-time solution in the middle for years to come. The Bears have been built around stability at that position for a long time, and Te'o can keep it going.
... and here's Mike's take;
I think this kid's a three-down linebacker. I think he's a leader in your locker room. I understand all the off-the-field concerns, but at the end of the day, he's a leader, and you want him.
In both those mock draft's Ogletree and Brown were still on the board.
Mayock isn't the only mock drafter at NFL.com, their experts vary on Chicago's pick as well. Besides the usual suspects, they have the Bears going Florida State corner Xavier Rhodes, Boise State corner Jamar Taylor, and Tennessee wide out Cordarrelle Patterson.
SB Nation's Matthew Fairburn added a twist to his mock, he didn't include any trades, but he did match the player with the team he expects to select him. So his pick of Kansas State's Arthur Brown to the Bears may not be exactly the 20th pick, but the Bears could trade back for him.
Fellow SB Nation mocker, Dan Kadar, did a straight forward mock draft, and he has the Bears also taking Brown. And yes, both Te'o and Ogletree are available.
The six mock drafters at CBS Sports mostly differ on the Bears direction.
Rob Rang goes two rounds and here are his Bears picks;
Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina: The Bears hope they solved their issue at left tackle with expensive free agent Jermon Bushrod but the interior remains in shambles. Cooper, a four-year starter with the ability to play well at any of the three interior positions, would be a solid value here.
... and at 50;
Sio Moore, OLB, Connecticut: Athletic, productive weak-side linebacker who could team with Lance Briggs, D.J. Williams to give the Bears an awfully productive trio.
Dane Brugler also goes two rounds, and he sticks with the big guys for the Bears;
20 - Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina: The Bears aren't shy about taking the best player available on the board, which might be Williams. The North Carolina tackle has intriguing upside and would give Chicago depth on the interior defensive line.
50 - Kyle Long, OG, Oregon: The Bears' offensive line woes have seemed to be lingering for years and a player like Long would give them some long-term hope.
If you like the deeper mock drafts, Walter Football has a couple. The mock by Walter himself is as follows:
If the Bears could get Richardson and Brown, they would be ecstatic.
Walter Football also has a full mock draft from Charlie Campbell, and here's his Chicago picks:
And since we started this Mock Draft Extravaganza off with a WCG writer, we'll cap it off with the mock draft I did yesterday, where I traded back to 31 with the 49ers, and left you to make the pick for the Bears. Also, if you just can't get enough Draft info, be sure to peruse the entire WCG NFL Draft section, and for your daily Chicago Bears fix don't forget about the Bears Den.