It's mock draft season for the NFL, and I'm excited. The college all star games are in the books, the combine is right around the corner, then comes the pro days, then the private workouts, then the draft. This is the time of year where every fan-base believes their team is just "this guy" or "that guy" away from contending again.
Each week we'll spotlight a mock draft or two, sometimes it'll just be a one rounder, some will go the full seven, This week we'll kick things off with the Mothership, and Dan Kadar, who is the NFL Draft Editor of SB Nation. His mock goes a full three rounds and can be found right here.
You know the deal on our Mocking the Mocks, check out how his mock falls, and let us know if you like the direction he took for the Bears.
Although the Bears just used a first-round pick on Shea McClellin in 2012, he's not had the career many expected with just 6.5 sacks in 28 games. Ealy is a high-upside player and the second-best 4-3 end in the draft this year. If Corey Wootton leaves in free agency, Ealy is talented enough to take over as a rookie. He's an incredible athlete just scratching the surface of his potential.
We've discussed Eary here on WCG a while back, and he's definitely the type of difference making athlete the Bears defense could use.
In looking over Kadar's mock, he has another athletic defensive lineman going at 15 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ra'Shede Hageman of Minnesota would be able to play the 3 Technique DT in a 4-3 or the the 5 Technique DE in a 3-4. He may be the versatile type player that Phil Emery and the Bears covet.
Moving along to the second round...
With the 51st pick in the SBN Mock Draft, the Chicago Bears take Stephon Tuitt, DT/DE, Notre Dame, and here's what he has to say about that selection...
The Bears have numerous free agents along the defensive line, and at this point Tuitt is arguably the best player available. While he played end in Notre Dame's 3-4 defense, he's powerful enough to hold up as a 4-3 tackle.
OK, I would love these first two picks. Tuitt has been called raw, but he has a lot of upside. This pick would provide some roster flexibility, as he's similar to Hageman in his ability to play 4-3 DT and DE in a 3-4.
And on to the third round...
With the 81st pick in the Dan Kadar Mock Draft, the Chicago Bears select Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida, and here's what he has to say about him...
Of the three Florida cornerbacks who will be taken in the draft, Roberson is the most pro-ready. If Charles Tillman is lost in free agency, Roberson could be pressed into duty quickly.
First off, I really hope Tillman is re-signed. Secondly, Roberson is 6' and 195 pounds with a knack for playing physical. He has some injury and off field concerns that will need to be checked out, but he's a solid prospect here in the 3rd.
So there you have it, check out his full three round mock, and let us know if this is the way you would have drafted for the Bears.