Yesterday the original Mock Draft Mack Daddy, Mel Kiper Jr., dropped his knowledge on ESPN for all the "Insiders" to see. Since his mock is behind a pay wall, we won't be able to bring you his entire mock, but we will spotlight the players he mocked to the Chicago Bears in the 1st and 2nd rounds.
With the 20th pick in the 2013 Mel Kiper Mock Draft, the Chicago Bears select, Manti Te'o, linebacker, Notre Dame, and here's what he ha dto say about the selection;
Analysis: The Bears have added players at the linebacker position in free agency (D.J. Williams and James Anderson), but not long-term starters. And let's remember, Lance Briggs is 33 in November. If they want a reliable long-term solution, Te'o provides a great fit. Put all the drama, the combine 40 time and all the surrounding hoopla aside, and what you get in Te'o is a good football player. He's instinctive, makes tackles and is extremely effective when the defensive line provides coverage. If there's good value available here among one of the top handful of offensive lineman, that's another direction Chicago could go.
Kiper isn't the only draft guru predicting the Bears will take Te'o, and I could see the Bears going this direction. He may not be as athletic as Georgia LB Alec Ogletree, who is still available in his mock by the way, but he's a very good football player.
A lot has been made about his 40 time, but I'm more concerned with his ability to get sideline to sideline, while fighting through players, and on tape he can get it done.
In the second round, Mel Kiper has the Bears going defense with Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams, and I can get behind this pick.
We haven't talked a lot about Williams, but he would be a solid addition to the D-Line rotation. Here's what Kiper said about Williams, "Want to help your linebackers? Add a block-eater like Williams".
He's a 6'3, 323 pound DT, with experience playing all up and down the D-Line (3 tech DT, 5 tech DE, NT). For the Bears he would be primarily be a nose tackle, but in a pinch he could line up at the 3 technique DT. Yahoo sports named him #35 in their Shutdown 50 series. He's relatively new to football, having grown up in Australia playing rugby and basketball, so his his football skills could still use some honing.
What do you guys think? Do you like the two picks mocked to the Bears in this scenario?