Today we go where we've yet to go this mock draft season, we're dedicating a full Mocking the Mocks post to SB Nation. We've occasionally touched on them in our Ten Thoughts, but today their mock is more than just round one, so we wanted to delve into what they had the Chicago Bears doing.
In the first round of the SB Nation mock draft, the Chicago Bears select, Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina. This has been the SBN pick for a majority of their mocks, and it's a pick I love.
Here's what they had to say about Cooper to the Bears at 20;
The Bears aren't done revamping the offensive line. At least, they shouldn't be. Jonathan Cooper is arguably the draft's best guard and can play both guard positions as well as center. He's well worth a first-round pick.
We've discussed Cooper ad nauseam around these parts the last few weeks, but if you're still looking for info on Cooper, here's a link to the SBN scouting report. I think he'll be a stud in the NFL, and if the real draft falls this way the Bears should take him.
It's in their second round where it gets interesting...
The Bears beefed up the offensive line in the first round, now they need to find another weapon for Jay Cutler. Gavin Escobar is our top ranked tight end on the board at this point.
I know, I know, tight end isn't a need position, but if the actual draft had Phil Emery select Escobar I would be OK with it. I wasn't fully aware of his talents until the combine, but he showed some serious skills as a pass catcher. I went back, did my homework on him, and came away thinking he would be a guy on the Bears' radar. That is until the Bears signed Martellus Bennett.
Don't get me wrong, I would like to see two pass catching TEs on the Bears, but if the real draft was rolling along like the SBN mock was, I hope the Bears would select the players that was selected at 51. I think Boise State corner Jamar Taylor would be a perfect pick at 50.
He has good size (5'11" 192), speed, and strength. He's a very athletic player that doesn't shy away from contact. He has some technique issues, but those are coachable. I think he has the potential to play some nickle as a rookie, and be a guy that could eventually take over for Charles Tillman.
You know the drill, check out the SB Nation mock draft, and let us know if you agree with the direction they took.