Today we'll dissect the Walter Football mock draft that was done just yesterday.
This first round mocked pick for the Chicago Bears should make a few regular Windy City Gridiron readers happy.
The Bears once had a strong group of linebackers, but Nick Roach just signed with the Raiders, while Brian Urlacher was told to hit the road because he wouldn't accept $2 million for 2013. D.J. Williams was signed, and while he's currently projected to replace Urlacher in the middle, he could ultimately move to strongside linebacker if Chicago can land someone as talented as Arthur Brown.
Brown is getting a ton of buzz lately. There have even been some Ray Lewis comparisons. He's a stud, so he could easily carry on the Bears' linebacker tradition.
Hold on a sec, did he say "Ray Lewis comparisons"? SB Nation draft guru Dan Kadar has him listed as his #1 middle linebacker, and the buzz around this prospect is growing. Brown didn't perform much at the NFL combine due to a shoulder injury, but he did work out at his pro day, and he did impress.
Arthur Brown, LB (6 1/2, 236 pounds) - He was a very, very productive linebacker in college and one of the top tacklers in the nation. Brown ran the 40-yard dash in 4.67 and 4.68 seconds. He recorded a 32 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 4.31-second shuttle drill, a 7.07-second three-cone drill and performed 21 reps of 225 pounds.
Brown weighed 227 pounds in college, bulked up to 241 for the NFL combine, and lost a few pounds at his pro day. It's also interesting to note that he checked in at 6' tall at the combine, but somehow found a half inch at his pro day.
Even with Phil Emery signing two veterans to play the Mike and the Sam, I think Brown would be a great pick at 20. Add another talented LB to the mix, and may the best men win.
The fun thing about the mockers over at Walter Football, is they mock more than round 1. So with the 50th pick in the Walter Football 2013 Mock Draft, the Chicago Bears select, Larry Warford, guard, Kentucky, and here's their take on that pick;
The Bears signed Jermon Bushrod, but they still have a glaring need on the interior of their offensive line. They can fix that by selecting one of the top prospects available.
I can dig this pick. He's a successful offensive lineman from the SEC, and his Senior Bowl work just put a big stamp on his 2012 season. He may have to cut a little weight, currently 332lbs, if the Bears are running more of a zone blocking scheme, but this is a solid prospect that could be a candidate to start as a rookie.
MORE: Check out Steven's draft profile here, 2013 NFL Draft: Kentucky G Larry Warford
The Bears don't have a 3rd rounder, yet, so we'll move along to what they believe Phil Emery will do in the 4th.
The Bears have revealed that they will be searching for a speed element to their passing game this offseason. This is a good idea because they cannot have Devin Hester on the field as a receiver any longer.
For those unaware of Boyce, he had one of the better overall combine performances among all the wide outs. His 4.38 40 was the 4th best, his 22 bench reps was 2nd best, his broad jump 4th, and he was 3rd best in both the 3 cone and the 60 yard shuttle. His size might keep him in the slot (5' 11", 205), but if he shows an ability to get off the line, he could play split out wide. In 2011 he had 61 receptions, and in '12 he hauled in 66.
I'd be ok with the pick, but Cal center Brian Schwenke is still on their board, and they have him going to Green Bay a few picks later. Even though the Bears need a wide out, I think I'd rather see a center added to the roster.
MORE: Check out Steven's draft profile here, 2013 NFL Draft: Cal C Brian Schwenke
Their mock went one more round, so in the 5th round with the 153rd pick in the Walter Football 2013 Mock Draft, the Chicago Bears select, Luke Marquardt, offensive tackle, Azusa Pacific. Here's what they had to say about him;
Here's another offensive lineman for the Bears. They clearly aren't too pleased with J'Marcus Webb, so they may want to bring in some competition for him.
If you're like me, your first reaction was 'who', so I did a little digging...
He did receive a combine invite, and he checked in at an impressive 6'8", 315lbs, and his body type was compared to fictional Russian boxer Ivan Drago, and professional wrestler Sid Vicious. That was all I needed to hear, now I'm pulling for the Bears to take him!
He's a former tight end, and he missed all of 2012, but he did start every game at LT as a sophomore and junior. At that height, he would project exclusively a tackle. He turned some heads at the combine, but some scouts had him pegged as an undrafted free agent prospect.
In the 5th round I wouldn't be opposed to taking a flier on an offensive lineman, but Illinois defensive tackle Akeem Spence is still on the board, and the Bears could use some depth to compete for Matt Toeaina's spot.
So now it's your turn, let us know how you feel about this particular mock draft. Remember to check out the Walter Football mock before jumping in and giving an alternative pick that isn't even available.