Every mock I run through will be with a different mindset. In my first one, I took a strict best player available policy, and this time out I decided to make some trades to address a big hole in the roster.
The Chicago Bears need a quarterback, and one of the hottest rumors circulating the NFL is that they are in the market for the New England’s Jimmy Garoppolo. ESPN Insider Mike Sando recently went over what it would take for teams to trade for Garoppolo and he did give his take on what the Bears would need to give up. He had a high offer and a low offer, so for the sake of this mock draft, I’ll assume that Bears’ GM Ryan Pace had to go with the high offer of their 2017 2nd rounder and their 2018 1st rounder, plus a conditional 2018 choice which will be determined.
I think it’s a bit high, but the low end offer Sando predicted seems to low. That was a 2017 2nd rounder and 2017 5th rounder, plus a conditional 2018 pick TBT. I think the Bears may need to give up a 2nd this year and a 2nd next year, plus a mid round pick.
Regardless, I gave up the 2nd this year in my mock draft, but I also made another deal.
I figure Pace would want to get a pick back for making the deal with the Patriots, so I ended up trading back from 3 with the Buffalo Bills. They gave me the 11th overall pick in the 1st round, plus their 2nd, 3rd and 5th round picks. That seems a bit excessive, but I’m just playing by Fanspeak’s rules. And besides, we’re just trying to learn about some possible new Bears.
Here's the link to my full mock draft* so you can see how things fell and I used the CBS Sports big board for my mock.
First Round - Pick 11 (From Buffalo): Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
Out very own draft guru, EJ Snyder, just did a draft profile on Lattimore and he could tell you all about him better than I could. So make sure you check out the link below.
Second Round - Pick 36: Traded to New England for Jimmy Garoppolo
Let’s hope this QB trade works out better than the last one...
* Fanspeak doesn’t let you trade for players, so I just made the 2nd round pick as if I were picking for the Patriots.
Second Round - Pick 44 (From Buffalo): Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky
This pick seems an awful lot like last year’s pick of Cody Whitehair, but Lamp is just too good to pass up. He’s a college left tackle that scouts feel is best suited to guard or even center.
Third Round - Pick 67: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
I promise I didn’t draft based on EJ’s Draftwatch, but make sure you hit his link above to learn all about Wilson.
Third Round - Pick 75 (From Buffalo): JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
Smith-Schuster has questions about his speed, but he’s a very physical receiver (6’2”, 220) with good hands.
Fourth Round - Pick 109: Dawuane Smoot, EDGE, Illinois
He played defensive end for the Illini, but he’ll probably be asked to be an OLB if a 3-4 team drafts him. Either way, he’ll need to make his mark in the NFL as a pass rusher.
Fourth Round - Pick 115: Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh
After having Peterman at the Senior Bowl, the Bears will have all the info they need on him. The thought of getting this guy to back up is a lot more attractive than an aging veteran.
Fifth Round - Pick 148: Nazair Jones, DL, North Carolina
At 6’5”, 295 pounds, Jones has the size and length to play the 5-Tech DE in Vic Fangio’s system. He batted down 10 passes in his career.
Fifth Round - Pick 157 (From Buffalo) Daeshon Hall, EDGE, Texas A&M
Hall played as a 3-4 OLB and with his hand in the dirt as a 5-Tech DE. Scouts say he’s a high motor guy.
Seventh Round - Pick 224: T.J. Logan, RB, North Carolina
Logan is a bit on the small side at 5’9”, 195 pounds, but he’s a classic 3rd down scat back type of player. He has really good speed, he has great hands and he could return kicks.
Do any of these players look like future Bears to you?