It seems the worse your team is, the earlier Mock Draft season starts up. I wish us Chicago Bears’ fans were more concerned with playoff positioning as the Bears prepare for their week 14 match-up with the Green Bay Packers, but with only 3 wins to 10 losses, the 2016 season has spiraled down the drain.
Windy City Gridiron’s draft coverage will really ramp up once the season is officially over, but with ESPN’s Todd McShay dropping his first mock, we felt it necessary to pass it along.
His entire mock is behind a pay wall, so we’re won’t reveal the entire thing, but here’s what he had to say about Jabrill Peppers, his pick for the Chicago Bears who currently has the 4th overall selection.
“The Bears are another team likely to be in the market for a QB this offseason without a good option at the top of the draft. Peppers would make sense, given Chicago's lack of difference-makers in the secondary.” The ESPN Insider article calls Peppers a S/OLB, but I have my doubts that he’ll be able to play outside linebacker in the NFL. McShay continues, “He's a true hybrid player, with the speed and athleticism to thrive in space and the toughness to play bigger than his 205-pound frame.”
Right now I see him as an in the box strong safety, but with his athleticism, he should be able to continue honing his skills into a bigger role in the NFL. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com compared Peppers to Arizona Cardinals do-it-all defensive back Tyrann Mathieu.
In McShay’s mock he had these three players off the board when the Bears were picking, Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen, edge rusher Myles Garrett of Texas A&M and LSU safety Jamal Adams.
What do you guys think about the Bears grabbing Peppers if the actual draft fell this way?
In case you missed it, in my latest T Formation Conversation podcast I discussed the Bears addressing the safety position this offseason.