SB Nation is running a mock draft using all the experts that run their various NFL sites, and they finally got around to the Chicago Bears selection at 14. Before we show you who our fearless leader Dane Noble picked, we'll run down picks 1-13.
1. Houston Texans - Teddy Bridgewater, Quarterback, Louisville
2. St. Louis Rams - Johnny Manziel, Quarterback, Texas A&M
3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Jadeveon Clowney, Defensive End, South Carolina
4. Cleveland Browns - Greg Robinson, Tackle, Auburn
5. Oakland Raiders - Blake Bortles, Quarterback, Central Florida
6. Atlanta Falcons - Khalil Mack, Outside Linebacker, Buffalo
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Sammy Watkins, Wide Receiver, Clemson
8. Minnesota Vikings - Derek Carr, Quarterback, Fresno State
9. Buffalo Bills - Mike Evans, Wide Receiver, Texas A&M
10. Detroit Lions - Jake Matthews, Tackle, Texas A&M
11. Tennessee Titans - Anthony Barr, Outside Linebacker, UCLA
12. New York Giants - Taylor Lewan, Tackle, Michigan
13. St. Louis Rams - Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, Safety, Alabama
Here's Dane's reasoning behind his selection;
"This was an incredibly difficult pick, especially considering the talent on the defensive line that is currently available. But the Bears re-signed defensive tackles Jeremiah Ratliff and Nate Collins this offseason, and added defensive ends Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston and Willie Young. Aaron Donald would have been a nice pick here, as well as Timmy Jernigan, but at this point the Bears' biggest need is most likely the safety position.
Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix would have been the pick if the Rams hadn't grabbed him one pick earlier, but Calvin Pryor will work just as well. Pryor has an intimidating presence on the field, playing every bit of his 5'11, 207-pound frame and then some, and would bring an aggressiveness and awareness that is sorely lacking in Chicago's secondary. Pryor excels against the run, consistently showing no regard for his own well-being, and has shown excellent ball-hawking skills once it has been put in the air. He would provide an immediate upgrade to a safety lineup that currently ranks among the worst in the league."
I'll address the elephant in the room right now.
Windy City Gridiron has been gaga over Aaron Donald for some time now, and he's the general consensus on most mock draft sites out there, but when it comes to the draft, anything's possible.
SB Nation is running their mock for a full two rounds, so Dane could come back and nab a top defensive tackle prospect at #51.
Pryor may not be everyone's top prospect at his position like Donald is, but he could start from day one for the Bears.
Honestly there are a lot of different directions that Phil Emery could go at 14, and a legitimate case can be made for about 4 or 5 players.
If the actual NFL Draft fell this way, would you be OK with Calvin Pryor?
Here's a Spoiler Alert... I'm dropping another seven round mock tomorrow, and mine is missing A.D. too...