Were about two weeks away from the start of the 2015 NFL Draft, so let's take another peek around the interweb to see how some of the mock drafters are leaning for the Chicago Bears.
SB Nation draft guru Dan Kadar has a 2 round mock go up this week and here are his picks for the Bears.
7. Chicago Bears: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
The Bears have smartly added players like linebackers Pernell McPhee and Mason Foster, as well as safety Antrel Rolle. Their defense still needs a big plugger up front, and that could be Shelton. He can play three downs and would make it so Chicago doesn't have to play youngsters like Ego Ferguson or Will Sutton out of position.
Kadar has been pretty consistent of late in his belief the Bears will take the big NT from Washington. While not the sexiest pick at 7, Shelton is a very good prospect that could step in and start from day one for a lot of teams.
I see a lot of people discounting the chance that the Bears take Shelton because defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has never had a large space eating nose tackle before. While true, that's not really a reason to pass on Shelton. I'm sure if GM Ryan Pace gave Fangio the 339 pounder, he'd make good use of him.
Maybe the Bears could drop back a few spots and still snag Shelton, but if they identify him as their guy, there's no point in messing around.
Here's who Kadar has going in the 2nd round to the Bears.
39. Chicago Bears: Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State
After the departure of Brandon Marshall, the Bears need a new starting wideout opposite Alshon Jeffery. Smith is a speed receiver who can go deep and open up the rest of the field.
If you aren't aware of Smith, he's a 6', 196 pound, 4.42 forty guy that only had 33 catches as a senior.
But those 33 catches went for 931 yards, an eye-popping 28.2 yards per reception and 12 touchdowns. Smith is a big play receiver that plays fast.
The latest mock from NFL.com's Charley Casserly has the Bears going with Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper at 7.
Cooper is a safe pick and fills a need with Brandon Marshall gone.
Safe is a good way to describe Cooper, because he really checks all the boxes when evaluating his play. Speed, quickness, hands, route running, football IQ, blocking, and he can play from the slot or outside.
Charles Davis just dropped his latest mock draft today and he has the Bears going with the other top rated wide out, West Virginia's Kevin White.
Yes, the Bears need defense, defense, defense, but it could be irresistible to pair this strong, high-flyer with Alshon Jeffrey, and help get QB Jay Cutler in form.
I would be on board if the Bears took Cooper or White, but I would be disappointed if they took him with Vic Beasley still on the board.
Which leads me to the latest mock draft from USA Today.
7. Chicago Bears — Clemson OLB Vic Beasley: A receiver like Kevin White to replace Brandon Marshall could certainly be a consideration. But a defense under repair must prioritize hunting NFC North QBs Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford.
The latest mock from Sports Illustrated has the Bears in on a receiver.
KEVIN WHITE, WR
Senior, West Virginia
The additions of Pernell McPhee, Mason Foster and Antrell Rolle bought Chicago a little time at the draft—it does not have to focus exclusively on that side of the football early. White has the look of a star, and would take on WR2 duties with Brandon Marshall gone.
Another mock draft mocking Kevin White to the Bears comes from FOX Sports.
An AFC front office executive described Chicago's 2014 offense to me as "one of the slowest I've ever seen" last month. Insert White, the ultimate gamebreaker. After a frustrating junior season in which he caught fewer than 40 passes, White hauled in 107 as a senior and then absolutely tore up Indianapolis. At 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, he ran a 4.35 40-yard dash and left scouts with their jaws dropped after catching just about everything thrown his way. The Bears have upgraded their defense in free agency; here's the offensive sparkplug.
That FOX mock goes two rounds and they have Chicago taking Malcom Brown, defensive tackle from Texas in the 2nd. Scouts believe the 6'2, 319 pound Brown can play in any defensive front after playing everywhere at Texas. Brown had 64 tackles last year, including 14 for loss and 6.5 sacks.
CBS Sports has three first round mock drafts pop up this week and one full seven rounder go live. All four of these mocks have the Bears going wide out in the 1st.
Rob Rang has the Bears going this way...
Kevin White, WR, West Virginia: Coach John Fox's first instinct will be to grab a defensive lineman here, but the trade of Brandon Marshall created a significant hole at receiver. Bigger and faster than Cooper, White is viewed by many scouts as the most gifted receiver in the class.
... as does Dane Brugler.
Kevin White, WR, West Virginia: This pick has to be defense, right? After the Brandon Marshall trade, wide receiver is now a possibility and with White still on the board, it's a match that makes sense.
Pete Prisco has the Bears going with the Alabama prospect...
Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama: I will keep a receiver in this spot. Cooper has a ton of talent and is the most polished WR in the draft.
... but the big 7 rounder from Chris Trapasso has the Bears getting caught up in a run on wide outs.
7. Chicago Bears: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville -- With Marshall gone, the Bears need receiving help, and see many Marshall-type traits in the intimidating Parker, a smooth glider who excels at high-pointing balls in traffic.
Parker isn't a guy we've seen mocked to the Bears yet, but he is a 1st round talent that is knocking on the top 10 door in a lot of mock drafts.
He only played in Louisville's final six games last year -- because of a foot injury -- but in those six games he caught 43 passes for 855 yards and 5 TDs. The 6'3", 209 pound Parker is a go up and get it receiver with a large wingspan.
Here's his 2nd round selection for the Bears.
39. Chicago Bears: Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State -- Sambrailo isn't receiving a ton of notoriety, but he possesses NFL left tackle size and physical traits.
Since the Bears plan on using a zone blocking scheme this year, Sambrailo could be a fit, but he has some red flags teams would need to check out.
Here are his remaining picks for the Bears,
71. Chicago Bears: Lorenzo Mauldin, EDGE, Louisville
106. Chicago Bears: Xavier Cooper, DT, Washington State
142. Chicago Bears: Jacoby Glenn, CB, Central Florida
183. Chicago Bears: Durrell Eskridge, S, Syracuse
Mauldin (6'4", 259) spent time in college as both a DE and an OLB and he's known for being a hard working, high motor type player.
Cooper (6'3", 293) was one of the most athletic defensive tackle prospects at the combine and he would project to a defensive end in the Bears 3-4 D.
I really like the first line of Lance Zierlein's NFL.com scouting report on Jacoby Glenn, "Salty cornerback who plays with passion and intensity." The 6', 179 pounder only played 2 years in college, but he had 7 interceptions as a sophomore.
Eskridge has good size for his position (6'3", 209), but some scouts feel he's a raw prospect.
It seems the experts truly believe that the Bears plan on filling the void left by the Brandon Marshall trade.
Do you feel wide receiver is as pressing a need as the experts predict?