Every year most Mock Drafters base their picks on whom they believe a team will take. For ESPN's Mel Kiper, he does one mock each year where he makes the picks that he believes make the most sense.
He has three rules that he follows for his "Grade: A" mock when picking and they are;
1. At each slot, I make a pick in the best interest of only the team with the pick. I won't pass on a player at No. 5 just because I like how he fits better at No. 7.
2. There are no trades. I note team needs, but not all picks are specifically to hit a need -- same as the draft.
3. This is NOT A PROJECTION. It's more a look at how I currently value players at each slot.
If you remember last year he had the Bears taking Kyle Long in the 1st on his "Grade: A" mock.
Here are his Chicago Bears selections for three rounds.
Top needs: DT, S, CB, WR
Round 1 (14) CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan St.
Round 2 (51) DT Brent Urban, Virginia
Round 3 (82) DT Caraun Reid, Princeton
Analysis: The big debate for me at No. 14 is whether to take Aaron Donald, the defensive tackle out of Pitt, or Dennard. But as I evaluate my cornerback situation, I know it's really tenuous. Both Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman are north of 30, and there's really no place in the secondary where we don't need to add talent. Clinton-Dix would have been in play, but he came off the board at No. 13. Dennard provides immediate help as an experienced, versatile corner who covers well and will bring a necessary physical side against the run and against underneath throws. After that, I turn the attention to the defensive line. While the additions of Jared Allen,Willie Young and Lamarr Houston help, I'm looking for help up the middle. Urban is a player I'm really high on; a potential Round 1 talent if he hadn't gotten hurt after the season. Reid is a sleeper with impressive athleticism. Add players either to the front end of the defense or the back, and you can't go wrong.
Dennard is a guy we've discussed before. There's a real chance he could be the Bears' 1st round target.
Urban is a 6'7", 295-pounder that is scheme versatile. You can line him up as a 3-4 DE or a 4-3 DT. He's a high ceiling type of player.
Reid is strictly a DT, and at 6'2", 302 he would probably fit best as a three technique. He has a quick first step and had a very good week at the Senior Bowl.
We can't bring you his entire "Grade: A" mock, as it's for insider eyes only, but what are your thoughts on these three players?