Earlier this week we talked about Ryan Pace, the new Chicago Bears general manager, being a best player available sort of drafter. Time will tell if he takes a hard-line stance on that, or if he weighs it with team need. If Pace gives need a serious thought, he may go with a safety at seventh overall, just like ESPN's Mel Kiper did in his first mock draft this year.
COLLEGE: Alabama Class: Jr HT: 6-0 WT: 212 POS: S
Analysis: Safety play has been, without exaggerating, a borderline disaster for the Bears, extending beyond this season. Collins does a lot of his best work near the line of scrimmage, but he can certainly be effective playing off the line as a guy who anticipates well, makes good reads and takes proper angles. He comes in with a lot of experience, and for a defense that was such a mess, I like taking a player who offers a lot of versatility and won't need to come off the field much. I know cornerback is a need even after they used a first-round pick there last year, but I'm not sold on the value this high, and, given Chicago's litany of needs on D, they should go for the best player who can help them soon. Collins fits.
We can't reveal his full mock draft, since it's behind a pay wall, but we will tell you that the player SB Nation's Dan Kadar mocked to Chicago earlier this week was still on his board. Kiper has Iowa offensive lneman Brandon Scherff going at 9th overall.
So does Landon Collins at 7 do anything for you?