Hub Arkush is a long time NFL journalist and commentator, who was a member of the Chicago Bears radio team from 1987-2004. He can still be heard around Chicago sports radio giving his unique insights to the Bears.
In his latest mock draft he not only heads in a direction I haven't seen anyone else go, but he's steadfastly against the most popular pick by fans at 14th overall.
Here's a link to his mock draft that published earlier this week, and here's who he picked at 14 for the Bears.
Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
Best player available fits one of the Bears' greatest needs.
Gilbert is the top corner in the draft with good size (6', 202), good speed (4.37 40) and good productivity in college with seven interceptions as a senior. He also has kick return ability as evidenced by his six return touchdowns.
If Gilbert is there at 14, I'd even take him over Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald.
I just don't see him lasting to 14.
And speaking of Donald, Arkush isn't a fan. When asked via twitter why he didn't mock Donald or DT prospect Timmy Jernigan to the Bears he responded with this;
Both are significantly undersized, even as three-techniques, and neither consistently dominated at the college level. The best you're going to get with either is an overachiever who makes the occasional play but can be double-teamed and erased whenever an offense chooses to attack them. Jernigan at least has more natural strength, but neither is strong enough to handle big time NFL guards. Donald's strengths are talents that won't help him in the NFL. I don't care if a defensive tackle runs a sub-4.7 40-yard dash, make him a linebacker. And the 35 reps in the 225-pound bench press is very impressive in the weight room, but meaningless once a 320-pound guard or tackle gets his hands on him. I think both will end up as third tackles in some team's three-tackle rotation who make occasional plays in the backfield when allowed to shoot gaps, but will be liabilities against the run and incapable of playing in a two-gap scheme.
What do you think of his assessment of Donald and Jernigan?
Also, what are your thoughts on Gilbert lasting til 14th overall?
Would you draft him over Donald?