Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery has left himself some options in the upcoming draft with his aggressive foray into free agency. He bolstered every level of his defense, some with more high profile players than others, but he did boost the talent level across the board.
The Bears still have some obvious needs, which you can vote on here, but there's no longer a consensus among mock drafters.
The latest mock draft we'll break down is from Greg Gabriel, who served as the Director of College Scouting for the Bears from 2001-2010. He's currently working for the National Football Post andi s very active on Twitter. You can check out his latest mock draft by clicking here, and here's whom he believes the Bears will take.
With the 14th pick in the Greg Gabriel NFP Mock Draft, the Chicago Bears select, Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech.
Here's what he had to say about the pick.
Many had thought the Bears would take a defensive lineman here but they took care of that need in free agency. The top three bears corners are all on the wrong side of 30.
Gabriel expounds on Fuller, saying that he "jumps out on tape", that he's "physical and athletic" and he likes his "ball skills and cover skills." If you'd like to read his full NFP scouting report you can find that here.
Gabriel is so certain that the Bears will draft a corner, especially now that they added Jared Allen, that he dropped a "take it to the bank" hashtag on Twitter.
Fuller clocked in at 6', 190 pounds at the combine, with a 4.49 forty yard dash. Most scouts peg him as a good fit for a zone team and that he's definitely a 1st round talent. In Gabriel's mock, he has two other corners off the board by the time the Bears pick at 14, but he does have Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald still available.
While I like Fuller as a prospect, I'll hold onto my belief that you build a team starting in the trenches. Donald is the top three technique defensive tackle prospect in the draft, and if he's available at 14, you take him.
I agree with Gabriel that the Bears added to their D-Line in free agency, but I'm not willing to count on three defensive tackles that all had injury issues in 2013 to bounce back to form. One good young DT added to the rotation would make me feel a lot better about the interior of the Bears defense.
What do you think about his mock draft?