1. Jamar Taylor - CB, Boise State
Taylor is a versatile corner with extensive experience playing off-man and zone coverage. He has a willingness to get physical with the receivers and is good at redirecting their routes using his hands. He possesses fluid hips and is smooth in and out of the back pedal.
A reliable run defender, Taylor keeps his containment responsibilities, shows the ability to break free from blocks and is a reliable open field tackler who plays with toughness.
Taylor had an impressive week in the Senior Bowl which may answer any questions anyone had on level of competition. He was able to hang with the top receivers and came away looking like one of the better corners amongst a solid group.
While cornerback is not an immediate need for the Bears, they have only one corner under contract after next season (Isaiah Frey) and both Tillman and Jennings aren't getting any younger. Also, depth is needed at the position, so Taylor would be very useful even if he doesn't start from Day 1.
2. Markus Wheaton - WR, Oregon State
Wheaton is an extremely fast receiver. He can work out of the slot or on the outside and blow away the defender. His body control is amazing, whether grabbing a throw behind him or going up to snatch passes out of the air.
Markus is an excellent route runner and recognizes holes in zone coverage. He will employ an effective stiff-arm to gain yards after the catch.Wheaton's a willing participant over the middle and will make the catches in traffic. He has good lateral agility to elude defenders, but mostly just blows right past them.
The knock on Wheaton is his lack of size and physicality, as he sometimes gets pushed around by larger defenders when blocking. Markus will need to get stronger and clean up his route running, especially at the top of his routes, but he will give the team that selects him a vertical threat with reliable hands at the next level.
If the Bears miss out on Tavon Austin in the 1st round, Wheaton might be the next best thing. As I mentioned in the first article, they need to find a receiver who can stretch the field and make big plays after the catch, and that's what Wheaton can do for you.
3. Travis Frederick - C, Wisconsin
Frederick's best asset is his physical style. He's a mauler who can hold his ground in one-on-one battles with any defensive lineman. He is especially valuable as an a power run-blocker who can easily drive a defensive lineman off his spot to create holes up the middle.
In tight spaces, Frederick is an immovable object and will win the overwhelming majority of his battles. But ask him to move or make plays in space, and his effectiveness diminishes greatly.
I don't think Frederick is good value here, but there might not be any starting caliber Center available for the Bears' next pick, so Emery might have to choose one here. Frederick can start from Day 1, and should be an upgrade over Garza.
I will be using my top choices in each round to put together a 7-round mock. So far it looks like this:
1.20 - Arthur Brown, LB
2.18 - Jamar Taylor, CB
You can check out my first article here.