Not a lot of drama surrounding the Chicago Bears’ pick in the latest Mock Draft from ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. He’s still in lockstep with his colleague at ESPN, Todd McShay, and with the third overall pick he has the Bears taking Alabama defensive lineman, Jonathan Allen. Kiper calls him a “great defensive player,” and that he “qualifies as a defensive lineman who can be moved around and create disruption,” which is an attribute the Bears could obviously find a use for.
I found it interesting that Kiper addressed the Bears’ quarterback situation in his reasoning for mocking them Allen. “I've heard a lot of people discuss whether this pick is worth, say, acquiring a player like Jimmy Garoppolo. I think it's worth remembering that Chicago doesn't have to be in the ‘Garoppolo or bust’ camp.”
Recent Garoppolo rumors suggest that the Patriots may need to accept a package built around a 2nd round pick and not a 1st, but all it will take is a few teams inquiring about a trade to shoot the value up. Kiper also believes the Bears are a team “more likely to find a veteran QB,” something I talked about in my latest podcast. Kiper thinks the Bears “could try to acquire Tony Romo. They could look to sign Tyrod Taylor, Mike Glennon or another free agent.”
Among the free agent QBs out there, Glennon is the ‘top’ prize, but if Romo and Taylor are released by their respective teams, both would be worth looking into.
Kiper’s top three in this mock didn’t change at all from his 1st mock last month. He still has the Cleveland Browns going with Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M, and the San Francisco 49ers taking Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina.
What do you think about Allen to the Bears at three and what do you think about his thoughts on the Bears’ quarterback situation?