Wide receiver it was, surprising few. Yes, there has been some criticism of the Kevin White pick and, while it is still super early to be throwing any draft pick under the proverbial bus, there are some legitimate concerns about his game. That said though, when a player is so unanimously considered a top six prospect and is available at the seventh selection spot, it is a slam dunk.
The pass-rushers that were available at seven had questions of their own. Plus, with the way the rest of the first round went, there are still plenty of great prospects who could find their way to the Bears when they get on the clock in a few hours' time.
Just like yesterday when the Bears had seven players they were locked into for their first pick, they will have seven more for tonight. The thing is, Chicago will likely get very, very good value with their second round pick.
By most accounts, this year's draft had around 16 guys with first round grades, and that the value was in the second round because there wasn't a whole lot of difference in talent from the 16th to the 65th best players. This means that teams need to stick to their board early on night number two and trust that they know which players they are aiming for.
Let's take a look at some draft analysts' lists of best players available and then you can let me know whom Chicago should be targeting. (Overall ranking in parentheses)
SB Nation's own Dan Kadar lists Randy Gregory, Edge rusher, Nebraska (5), La'el Collins, OT, LSU (10), Eddie Goldman, DT, FSU (13), Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Mizzou (17), Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA (19), T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pitt (22) and Landon Collins, SS, Alabama (23) as his BPAs.
Josh Norris over at Rotoworld has the following guys listed: Kendricks (7), Gregory (8), Collins (10), Henry Anderson, DL, Stanford (12), Preston Smith, Edge, MS State (13), Green-Beckham (14), Owamagbe Odighizuwa, Edge, UCLA (17).
Best players available. Randy Gregory. Dorial Green-Beckham. Ronald Darby. Lael Collins. Eddie Goldman. Landon Collins. Eric Kendricks.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) May 1, 2015
My BPA heading into Day 2: Kendricks Diggy Fisher La'el Harold L. Collins Goldman Rowe C. Davis Gregory Clemmings Strong J. Collins Dawson— Luke Easterling (@LukeEasterling) May 1, 2015
Adam Hoge listed the following guys who are specifically on his Bears Big Board: Odighizuwa, Nate Orchard, OLB/DE, Utah, Max Williams, TE, Minnesota, Cody Prewitt, S, Ole Miss, Landon Collins, Kendricks and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon.
Everyone's favorite Hub Arkush lists Tevin Coleman, Gregory, Goldman, Jalen Collins, CB, LSU, Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia, Landon Collins, Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma, Jalen Strong, WR, Arizona State, La'El Collins and Jay Ajay as his top remaining players.
NFL.com lists La'el Collins, Strong, Gregory, Landon Collins, Jalen Collins, Phillips and Goldman as their BPAs.
I am sure there are plenty more lists out there but this should give you a good idea of which guys are rated where. The further down the draft we go, the less consensus there is on who are the best players. Other guys I've seen mentioned among players Bears fans want to see are Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon, Bernardrick McKinney, LB, MS State, S/CB Eric Rowe, Utah, and Jaquiski Tartt, S, Samford.
Which player(s) should the Bears have on their short list and whom should they be targeting? Do they have to go defense with their second and third round picks?