We've been bringing you our Mocking The Mocks series for the last month or so as a way to prime everyone for the potential Chicago Bears draft picks, not only at 14, but in the later rounds as well.
Today we'll look at the latest mock from Dan Kadar, SB Nation's NFL Draft Editor, and at 14 he's picking the guy that has to be the favorite of most Bears fans, Aaron Donald, the athletic defensive tackle from Pittsburgh. Here's his take on the selection.
With defensive tackle Henry Melton still unsigned, it looks more likely that he'll leave Chicago than re-sign. If he goes, the Bears have an opening up front. Adding Donald to a line that now features Lamarr Houston and Willie Young would give Chicago one of the league's most athletic and disruptive fronts. Don't discount a player in the secondary, however.
Other options: DT Ra'Shede Hageman, DT Louis Nix, S Calvin Pryor
Melton did indeed leave the Bears, signing a one year deal that could become a four year contract with the Dallas Cowboys. They also brought back Israel Idonije for some added d-line depth, and the busy Bears also signed a couple safeties yesterday. But I don't think any of those transactions will affect the Bears draft plans.
At this point Aaron Donald has been mocked to the Bears so often, it seems he already has one foot in Halas Hall. If he's available, and Bears GM Phil Emery passes on him, I think the fan base will storm Lake Forest.
Kadar does give those three other possibilities at #14 for the Bears and I'll run them down in my order of preference. Donald is my top choice, then after him it's safety Calvin Pryor of Louisville.
The reason I went with Pryor here is the top safety, Ha Ha Clinton Dix, is off the board. Pryor is the more physical of the two safeties, but his ball skills is rated below Clinton-Dix. Safety isn't as deep as defensive tackle, so if the Bears miss out on Donald, I think they have a better chance at picking up a DT in round two.
The next guy I'd go with from Kadar's list is the raw and athletic defensive tackle from Minnesota, Ra'Shede Hageman. His tape doesn't always match his athleticism or strength, but he has enough flashes to be a legit first round prospect.
Last of his choices would be Louis Nix, not because I don't think he'll be a good pro, but because he's not really a scheme fit. The 330 pound Nix is a 2 gap space eater, plus he's coming off some knee troubles.
Using Dan Kadar's Mock and his four possible draft picks for the Bears at 14, give me your list in order of preference.
1) Aaron Donald
2) Calvin Pryor
3) Ra'Shede Hageman
4) Louis Nix