Every year the 32 NFL sites from SB Nation get together to run through a writers mock draft. The individual team sites seem to have a better grasp on needs for their favorite team than do some of the "expert" mockers out there.
In the first round of the mock, El Jefe himself, Dane Noble, mocked the Chicago Bears Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves. It was a pick all of us writers pretty much agreed with, but the plan was now in place to grab a defensive lineman in the second round.
Like the great John "Hannibal" Smith said, "I love it when a plan comes together."
Unfortunately, this was not a time when our plan came together, but I was ready for anything.
Here's what I ended up doing in the 2nd round.
41. Bears: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
The plan was to snag a defensive lineman after going corner in round 1, but the board didn't cooperate. With Jarran Reed, Vernon Butler, Robert Nkemdiche, Sheldon Rankins and Emmanuel Ogbah all gone, I didn't see as much value or a scheme fit in taking the next guy on most boards, UCLA's Kenny Clark. While I think Clark is going to be a good player, he doesn't have the length I'd like for a 5-tech DE in the Bears system. The same goes for Baylor's Andrew Billings.
In taking a guy like Henry, the Bears would have their 1-2 punch at running back. The power of Henry would be a great compliment to the shiftiness of Jeremy Langford. The Bears seem to be looking at a few fullbacks this offseason, and new offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains used a fullback when he called plays in Tennessee, so lining Henry up behind a hammer at FB would give him the extra tick to get his 6'3", 247-pound frame up to speed. He does have a lot of miles on his tread, but the Bears wouldn't expect him to be the bell cow, and in tandem he would be fresher and more effective pounding away at a defense.
SB Nation Draft Guru Dan Kader begrudgingly liked my pick.
Analysis: Part of me wants to hate this since I went with Clark to the Bears in the second round of my most recent mock draft. But I can't fault the pick of Henry too much. He's the draft's second-best running back, has solid value in this range and he could really bolster Chicago's offense. A player like Henry, paired with Langford, would take some of the onus off Jay Cutler, which would balance the offense better.
Here's the link so you can check out how the SB Nation writer mock draft has been going so far.
With a corner and tailback going 1-2 for the Bears, the new plan would be to address d-line in the 3rd. That is as long as the board cooperated...
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