Attention Windy City Gridiron Readers, this is an Aaron Donald Free Zone.
And that's the last time I'll mention the Pittsburgh defensive tackle by name in this mock draft.
Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery has pulled off two consecutive shockers in his drafts, so there is a realistic chance he heads in a different direction come draft day. The consensus from most mock drafters is that Emery will draft a defensive tackle at 14. In today's mock, I'll assume he doesn't. I'll also try to crawl into the mind of Emery and draft how he may draft.
I'm again using the premium "On The Clock" Mock Draft Simulator from Fanspeak, and I took advantage of one of their neat features by slightly tweaking the Fanspeak Big Board. One thing I didn't do this week was make any trades.
So not only didn't I draft "he who shall not be named", but I also decided to forgo the neatest feature of their sim, the trades. Basically, I just wanted to try a different drafting scenario this week.
It is entirely possible that Emery will struggle to find a trading partner, so in this week's mock I'll assume he's forced to stand pat with his seven picks.
A quick thought on trading back; It's not as easy as many fans believe. In each and every thread we have running here on WCG that discusses the draft we see, 'If this guy isn't available just trade back a few spots' or 'If these guys are all still on the board, just trade back for more picks and still get a good player!'
Trading back is much easier said that done.
Here's a link to my full mock draft so you may mock all my selections, and here's whom I ended up drafting.
Round 1 - Pick 14: Calvin Pryor, Safety, Louisville
Since defensive tackle is the deeper position, I have a good shot at getting a starting caliber DT in the 2nd, while grabbing the top safety on the board at 14. Calvin Pryor projects to strong safety, but I think he can also play the free. In case you missed it, WCG's own Dane Noble went with Pryor in the SB Nation Blogger Mock Draft.
For the record, I think that other guy would be a great pick at 14, but I do think Pryor has Pro Bowl potential as well.
Round 2 - Pick 51: Kelcy Quarles, Defensive tackle, South Carolina
I was torn between Dominique Easley and Quarles with this pick, but figured if I was gonna "Emery" this draft, he would go with the versatile Quarles. Quarles is the bigger of the two at 6'4", 297 pounds, but he's still quick enough off the ball to play some three technique DT. He also has the strength to play the nose for the Bears, plus he could slide out to five technique defensive end if the Bears ever want to give some hybrid and/or 3-4 looks.
Round 3 - Pick 82: Phillip Gaines, Cornerback, Rice
In sticking with my Emery thought process, Gaines will no doubt rate well on his athletic index. He's 6', 193 pounds, with a speedy 4.38 40. He's a very athletic player that would benefit from some NFL strength training. Here's a cool graphic showing his measurables vs other soon to be rookie corners.
Round 4 - Pick 117: Yawin Smallwood, Middle linebacker, Connecticut
This is a player that seems to play faster than he tested. While at UConn, he was occasionally asked to cover wide outs, but he only ran a 5.01 40 at the NFL Combine. Some scouts also like him as an outside linebacker due to his size (6'2" 246) and his burgeoning pass rush ability.
Round 5 - Pick 156: Brent Urban, Defensive end, Virginia
Urban has the size (6'7", 295) and athleticism to play anywhere on the d-line and in any scheme. We discussed Urban last week when looking at Mel Kiper's "Grade: A" mock draft. With the upside scouts believe Urban has, he could very well go much higher than the 5th round.
Round 6 - Pick 183: Dri Archer, RB/WR/KR, Kent State
Archer could be an offensive weapon if given to the right play caller. Just imagine what Marc Trestman could have done with Devin Hester had he been tasked with molding #23 as a rookie. Archer was 1st Team All MAC running back in 2012, and in 2013 he was 3rd Team All MAC wide receiver. In 2012 he had 159 rushing attempts and he averaged 9 yards per carry. That "9" is not a typo. He is on the smallish side (5'8", 173), but he isn't necessarily weak as evidenced by his 20 reps on the bench press. Have I mentioned he ran a 4.26 40?
Round 6 - Pick 191: Crockett Gilmore, Tight End, Colorado State
This is the only player I drafted that appeared in either of my first two mocks. He fills a need for the Bears, and seems to have a high ceiling. He's not the über-athletic basketball type TE, but he has some athleticism. He also has soft hands and is technically sound.
Now it's your turn, sound off on this mock in the comment section.