Even though the Chicago Bears are still looking for a head coach and general manager, you can be sure that the scouts that they have employed are pouring over hours of college film to be ready for their new boss. We're not even sure if the 2015 Bears' defense will feature a 3 or a 4 man front, so pinpointing a scheme specific player in the draft is all guess work at this time.
But lucky for us we have one of the best in the business working for SB Nation, so here's our very own draft guru, Dan Kadar's latest two round mock draft for the Chicago Bears.
7. Chicago Bears: Dante Fowler, DE/OLB, Florida
The last mock had Chicago picking safety Landon Collins. Because he's not a great coverage safety, you can make a good argument why he's not worth a pick quite this high. A pass rusher like Fowler, who can hold up as a 4-3 end, is Chicago's biggest need after safety.
Fowler is a versatile defensive player that is listed at 6'2", 261 pounds. The Gators lined him up at both defensive end spots, at defensive tackle and at outside linebacker. He had 8 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in 2012 and in 2013 he had 10.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles.
Kadar didn't provide any info on his 2nd round picks, so I asked him to give me a little something about the player he mocks to the Bears at 39th overall, Gerod Holliman, a safety from Louisville.
"You know how a lot of safeties get classified as only being good in the box? Holliman is the exact opposite. He's a bad tackler and not physical. He's purely a coverage safety. That's probably pretty off-putting, but he makes up for it in the pass game. He's a wonderful defensive back to drop back deep in the middle of the field. He's an opportunistic player with very good hands and instincts to break on the ball. He can play receivers in man coverage and may be even looked at by some teams as a cornerback. Just don't expect him to come in and be a physical presence."
With many Bears' fans wanting another Hit Man at safety, Holliman may not be the guy you'd like to see the Bears pick, but I think Chicago could live with a ball-hawking free safety if they have an enforcer at strong safety. And speaking of ball-hawking, Holliman was the 2014 Jim Thorpe award winner as the best defensive back in college football, in part because of his record tying 14 interception.
He may never be the kind of safety that comes up and obliterates a ball carrier, but if he can tighten up his tackling technique, he may be the type of player the Bears need.
Now you know the drill, go check out some of the other players that were available for the Bears in Dan's mock, and let us know if his way is the way you'd have gone.