There's one thing that's for certain in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears have a number of valid directions they could go with the 7th overall pick.
We've looked at a number of other mock drafts these last few weeks here on Windy City Gridiron, but today we're putting our very own Dane Noble on the clock in the 9th annual SB Nation writer mock draft.
Here's the full story stream to stay up to date on all the picks so far and here's what transpired before WCG picked at 7.
1) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jamesis Winston, QB, Florida State
2) Tennessee Titans - Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
3) Jacksonville Jaguars - Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson
4) Oakland Raiders - Leonard Williams, DE, USC
5) Washington Redskins - La'el Collins, OT, LSU
6) New York Jets - Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
And with the 7th pick in the SB Nation Mock Draft, WCG selects...
7. Bears: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
Noble: The Chicago Bears have another entirely new regime, this time under new GM Ryan Pace. Shortly after hiring Pace, the Bears brought on a new coaching staff, led by John Fox, Adam Gase and Vic Fangio.
With Fangio in place, the Bears have announced that, for the first time in their history, they are shifting their base defense to a 3-4. With a lot of older vets either not returning or a shell of their former selves, the team without a doubt has to build through the draft.
Running an effective 3-4 means getting a nasty inside guy on the defensive line who can be disruptive, and Danny Shelton fits that role. He'd be a Day 1 starter for many NFL teams, and Chicago would likely pounce on him at No. 7.
Shelton is big, wide, heavy and strong, and capable of attracting double teams all game long. He's a rock in the middle, and can shut down an inside running game all by himself. Shelton is a plug-and-play guy from Day 1, and definitely someone you can build a front seven around.
Shelton is going to be an impact player in the NFL. As a 3-4 nose tackle he's more than just a 2 gap space eater, he has some quickness to his game and he will be able to rush the passer.
Just to give you an idea of the talent still available, here are a few players left on the board that could have been the Bears pick.
Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska
Alvin "Bud" Dupree, OLB, Kentucky
Dante Fowler Jr., OLB, Florida
Shane Ray, OLB, Missouri
Landon Collins, S, Alabama
Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa
Here's what SB Nation draft guru Dan Kadar said about the pick of Shelton.
Dan Kadar, SBNation.com: The logic of needing a nose tackle in Chicago is sound. The only question is whether or not the Bears' system will call for a big nose tackle in the middle. Fangio didn't really have that player in San Francisco, and the defense was successful. Even with that in mind, it would be hard to pass up on Shelton. He may be a monstrous nose tackle, but is not simply a two-down player. Chicago's linebackers will love him, as he can take on multiple blockers, but he's capable of splitting through gaps and disrupting the pocket.
What are your thoughts on this mock so far?