Most Mock Drafts feature the mock drafter basing their picks on where they feel the prospects best fit.
But once a mock draft season, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. assumes the role of all 32 general managers and he mocks the picks while in that mind set.
He calls this his "Grade: A" Mock Draft.
Here are the rules he sticks to whilst picking.
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. 4 just because I like the team better at No. 5.
2. No trades unless they're already done. I note team needs, and I try to address them, but like the draft, value can supersede need.
3. Again: I'm not projecting. It's more a look at where I see value up and down the board.
If you remember two years ago, Kiper nailed the Chicago Bears' selection of Kyle Long in his Grade: A mock.
Last year he didn't hit on Chicago's picks, but he did correctly guess the positions the Bears would draft. Kiper's 2014 Grade A had cornerback Darqueze Dennard, defensive tackle Brent Urban and defensive tackle Caraun Reid going 1, 2, 3 for the Bears. Then GM Phil Emery actually went with CB Kyle Fuller, DT Ego Ferguson and DT Will Sutton in the first three rounds.
Here's his Grade: A mock for the Bears this season.
Top needs: WR, DL, OLB, S
Round 1 (7) WR Breshad Perriman, Central Florida
Round 2 (39) DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa, UCLA
Round 3 (71) DL Henry Anderson, Stanford
Analysis: There's some temptation to take Shane Ray at No. 7, as we definitely need to add help on the defensive line and provide some pass-rushing depth, but I'm worried that if I pass on Perriman, by the time we pick again at No. 39 there will be nine or 10 WRs off the board. I just think the need is great enough that we bet on Perriman's skill set as a playmaker with great size and exceptional top-end speed. He has the tools to be a very good pass-catcher, though he will need to be more consistent and limit drops. Still, the sub-4.3 speed and big frame give us plenty to work with. Odighizuwa isn't a great pass-rusher, but he's very good against the run and is going to help us set the edge. Anderson might be one of the more underrated players in the draft, as he's just a physical bully in the run game and never takes plays off. With these picks, we're more explosive on offense and more physical up front on defense. I'd like to add a safety and a cornerback, but I liked the value on these players up front.
Perriman isn't a prospect we've talked much about, so here are his measureables. He has the size (6'2", 212), strength (18 reps of 225lbs on the bench) and speed (4.26 forty, 1.51 10 yard split at his pro day) combination that teams covet. He also has NFL bloodlines (father Brett was a 10 year veteran) if that's something that the Bears are interested in.
Odighizuwa is a guy I mocked to the Bears in the 2nd round in my last mock draft. Kiper lists him as a DE, but the Bears would most likely play him as an OLB. He has the athletic traits to be a good edge rusher, but he's a bit raw.
At 6'6", 294 pounds, Anderson would be a 3-4 DE for the Bears. He's a high motor type of player that created some buzz for himself at the Senior Bowl.
Since Kiper's Grade: A mock is behind a pay wall, we can't show you the entire thing, but I will let you know that Perriman was the 3rd WR off his board behind Kevin White and Amari Cooper. He also only had 1 edge rushing OLB off his board when the Bears picked, Florida's Dante Fowler.
So now that you've seen who Kiper mocks to the Bears, do you think he successfully got in the head of Bears GM Ryan Pace?