Earlier today Sam hit on all the top prospects still available in the draft and it's a very talented list. The Chicago Bears are set up to get another potential impact player in the 2nd round.
With general manager Ryan Pace addressing wide receiver in the 1st round with the dynamic Kevin White, the Bears could go a variety of ways in the 2nd.
In my opinion, Chicago still has needs at offensive tackle, safety and defensive line. I'd like to see them add an edge rushing OLB and they could also use some more competition at inside linebacker.
Thanks to our pals over at Fanspeak, we're going to mock out rounds 2-7 using their On The Clock draft simulator. I didn't go with any trades this time out and I stuck fairly close to a best player available philosophy. I wasn't as rigid with BPA like in my first mock, but I also didn't drop way down the board to address a need.
Meaning, I wasn't able to hit on every position I was hoping to hit on.
Here's what I came up with;
Second Round, Pick 7 : Eddie Goldman, DL, Florida State
Had Landon Collins or Jake Fisher been available, I probably would have went with one of them, but I'm OK with the 6'4", 336 pound Goldman. He has the size to play the nose, but he has experience playing defensive end. His pass rush skills need to be fine tuned, but he's solid against the run.
I was this close with talking myself into going with Eric Kendricks, but ultimately decided on going in the trenches.
Third Round, Pick 7: Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State
Darby was a high school state champion track star in Maryland, so speed isn't an issue. He has good enough size (5'11", 193) and plenty of experience playing in 42 games in his 3 years at Florida State. He comes with some character concerns as he was part of the Jameis Winston rape investigation, but he was never charged.
Fourth Round, Pick 7: Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
I really don't think Grasu will be available in the 4th round, but you never can tell. He was available in this simulation, so I took him. His athleticism made him a great fit for Oregon's zone blocking scheme so he's a natural fit for what the Bears are going to do.
Fifth Round, Pick 6: Ben Koyack, TE, Notre Dame
Even if the Bears don't trade Martellus Bennett, I think Koyack's skill set would make sense for the Bears. At Notre Dame he lined up on the line, at H-Back and at fullback. That kind of versatility fits with what offensive coordinator Adam Gase would like from a back up TE.
Sixth Round, Pick 7: Shaquille Riddick, OLB, West Virginia
Some scouts see his best fit as a 4-3 defensive end, but at 6'6", 244 pounds, with good athleticism, I think he could play 3-4 OLB. He would benefit from an NFL weight room, but the potential is there.
Who are some players you're hoping the Bears draft today and tomorrow?