Mocking the Mocks: Whom does Bucky Brooks of NFL.com mock to the Chicago Bears?

Kirk Irwin

It's 2014 Mock Draft time! This is the time of year when everyone speculates on which player will go where. We'll do our best to pick out a few reputable mock draft sites, feature their Chicago Bears selection, then ask you to tell us how they did. Today we'll check out whom NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks from NFL.com mocked to the Bears.

The NFL Network and NFL.com has a whole slew of analysts, journalists and experts just itching to get their opinions on the NFL Draft out there to the masses. Bucky Brooks, whose mock we will spotlight today, always has an interesting take on the draft.

Some are their "experts" are obviously better than others, and if you caught the NFL Network last night you'll know what I mean.

Last night on their Path To The Draft series, they had an interesting need position for the Chicago Bears, offensive guard.

They felt it such a need that they devoted the opening segment to their dueling mockers to discuss which guard the Bears should draft.

Chicago starting guards Matt Slauson, whom they just locked up contractually, and Pro Bowler Kyle Long, may be surprised to learn about guard being a need.

But back to Bucky Brooks' mock draft.

In the first round he has the Bears taking a popular choice.

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Donald is an ideal 3-technique in the Bears' Tampa 2 scheme because of his speed, athleticism and quickness.

Yes, I know what you're thinking, 'But the Bears may not be a Tampa 2 team anymore.'

While this may be true, they are still running a 4-3 one gap system, so a disruptive 3-Tech DT is a necessity.

His second round pick for the Bears is an intriguing one.

Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois
After watching balls repeatedly fly over the top of the defense last season, Marc Trestman will convince Phil Emery to invest heavily in athletic safeties on draft day. Ward is a gifted ball hawk with terrific instincts and field awareness.

I've seen Ward sneaking into the bottom of the 1st round in some mocks, so if he does fall to 51, this would be a no-brainer for Emery.

Some scouts see his size as a concern (5'11', 193), but he's an aggressive player that doesn't shy away from contact. He had 299 tackles the last three seasons.

Speed was also a concern, but he did run a 4.47 40 at his pro day. He has some coverage skills, but most scouts feel he's better suited to strong safety. That's not to say he doesn't have good ball skills, because the last two years he combined for 10 interceptions and 24 passes defended.

Be sure to check out his full mock draft and let us know if this is the way you would have picked for the Bears.

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