Mel Kiper Jr. has been the #1 draft guy for ESPN for almost as long as the network has been covering the event. ESPN added a 2nd draft insider in 2007, Todd McShay. These are the 2 top draft analysts for ESPN and we have their final mock pick for the Chicago Bears right here.
Here's how Kiper has the Bears going.
Brandon Scherff Chicago Bears (5-11)
COLLEGE: Iowa Class: Sr HT: 6-4 WT: 319 POS: OT
Why they take him: They help solidify the offensive line, take pressure off Jay Cutler by improving the run game with one pick and get the best offensive lineman in the draft.
Why they pass: Because they decide they need to go with a pass-rusher instead, or even take a slight value leap on a wide receiver.
And here's McShay's take on the 7th pick.
Kevin White Chicago Bears (5-11)
COLLEGE: West Virginia Class: Sr HT: 6-2 WT: 215 POS: WR
Analysis: This pick makes sense in terms of value and need, as White could fill the starting wide receiver position opposite Alshon Jeffery, now that Brandon Marshall has been traded to the Jets. He's a big target with good speed and big-play ability.
Since ESPN has a pay wall, we can't bring you their entire 1st rounds, but I can let you who went in front of the Bears' pick. Kiper had Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Leonard Williams, Amari Cooper, Dante Fowler Jr. and Kevin White all gone before 7 and McShay had Winston, Mariota, Cooper, Williams, Fowler Jr. and Vic Beasley off the board.
I'll be honest, there are a few players I'd be OK with the Bears drafting.
Scherff isn't a popular choice, mostly because some scouts question his ability to stay at tackle, but I think he can man the right tackle position. I like his demeanor, his work ethic, and his motor. To put it bluntly, Scherff is a badass. I agree with Kiper that he's the best o-line prospect in the draft. He's a safe pick, but he also has room to grow.
Kevin White has been a popular mock pick to the Bears for a while now, and he would definitely fill a need for Chicago's offense.
I think White may have a number of teams trying to maneuver their way up to get him, so if he's available, the Bears could move back a few spots.
The NFL Network's Mike Mayock dropped his one and only mock draft last night and here's how he had the Bears drafting.
Trae Waynes, Michigan State, CB
Waynes comes from a great program at Michigan State, and he'll be a Day 1 starter alongside Kyle Fuller.
I agree, Waynes would probably be a starter from the get go, but I'd much rather address the front 7 of the defense in the actual draft fell this way. Give me Vic Beasley to rush the passer and I'll roll with what I have at corner.
Kyle Fuller, Tim Jennings and Alan Ball are all capable of being Chicago's top 3 CBs for the 2015 season.
Which of these three mock drafts do you like best?