The ESPN Draftnik duo of Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay have been dropping mock drafts for the last couple of months. Yesterday they decided to team up and alternate picks for a full three rounds and we have their picks for the Chicago Bears right here.
The way the picks fell it was Kiper picking for the Bears in the first and second rounds, and McShay getting the opportunity to pick for the Bears in the 3rd. These two ESPN Insiders already gave us a three round "Grade A" draft earlier this mock-season and here's how they each went for the Bears.
Todd McShay Grade A
Round 1 (11): Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
Round 2 (41): Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
Round 3 (72): Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas
Mel Kiper Grade A
Round 1 (11): Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
Round 2 (41): Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford
Round 3 (72): Joe Schobert, OLB, Wisconsin
And here's how they went for Chicago in their Head to Head Three Round Mock.
11) Mel Kiper's pick: Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
There you go, going with a running back too early. The Bears benefit and get one of the high-upside pass-rushers in the draft. Chicago needs the edge help, and Floyd fits.
We discussed Floyd yesterday when we looked at McShay's latest solo mock, and he's a player that has a lot of late buzz around him. He's a high ceiling type of prospect that is starting to grow on me. He has to add some functional strength, but that's nothing new for rookies. In the right scheme with the right coaching stafff, Floyd could be a special player.
Our own Draft Guru, EJ Snyder, gave us a scouting report on Floyd back in December, and he had some high praise for the Georgia defender. "Floyd is an excellent natural athlete who has a rare skillset. His combination of abilities make him one of the most versatile players I have seen in a college football defense in long time."
Here are a few players still on the board when Kiper took Floyd.
Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
William Jackson III, CB, Houston
41) Mel Kiper's pick: Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
With Martellus Bennett gone and Zach Miller now the top tight end on the roster, I'm not passing on the best tight end in the draft for Mr. Cutler at 41.
Henry is the top TE prospect in the draft and I'd be fine if the Bears grabbed him at 41. He's a good receiver, he's a decent blocker and he offers scheme versatility with his ability to lie up anywhere.
EJ gave us a scouting report on Henry back in December too. Here's a snippet from that, "If you were only grading him on his blocking, Henry would still be a player worth looking at. But his blocking is only half the story. He has some excellent strengths as a receiver and shows up as a possible difference maker in that role."
Here are a few players still on the board in the 2nd when Kiper took Henry.
Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford
Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
Keanu Neal, S, Florida
Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
72) Todd McShay's pick: Su'a Cravens, S, USC
He is a bit of a tweener and lacks the speed to hold up in a coverage as a true safety, but Cravens would really help elevate our run defense.
Cravens is a thumper, but like McShay said, is he an in the box strong safety or a 4-3 outside linebacker linebacker?
Wouldn't you know it, EJ also gave us a detailed scouting report on Cravens a couple months ago. He wrote that Cravens "Can perform at a high level versus quality competition," but also "There's some inconsistency in his game." Which makes sense for a 3rd round prospect.
Here are a few prospects McShay left on the table in the 3rd round.
Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State
Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State
Sean Davis, S, Maryland
What do you guys think of this three round haul for the Bears?