When last we visited the dynamic draft duo at ESPN, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr., they both mocked the Chicago Bears the same player, Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen. After Allen had some medical red flags pop up at the combine, a lot of mock drafters have changed their tune on where Allen will end up.
While Todd McShay’s latest mock doesn’t drop Allen too far down his board, he does have the Bears going in a different direction at three overall. It’s a direction that I’m sure will have Bears’ fans split. Not because of the player himself, but because of the position he plays.
McShay's 2017 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 is an Insider article, so we won’t show the whole enchilada, but we will tell you that he went Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M to the Browns with the 1st pick, and with the 2nd, he had the 49ers taking Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford.
So with the top quarterback still on the board, McShay mocks it like this;
Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Quarterback isn't quite as pressing of a need after the addition of Mike Glennon in free agency, so the Bears can take a similar approach to what I laid out above for the 49ers. Adams is one of the few players with an elite grade in this year's class. A big hitter with impressive range versus the run, the LSU product can play in the box and back deep. He has excellent intangibles and would immediately make the Bears' secondary better.
I would have no problem if the Bears went with a safety at three, even though it’s never happened. I believe that a team should take the top guy on their board, and if the Bears have Adams as their top pick, they they should pull the trigger.
With slotted salaries in place I understand the logic in not giving a safety that kind of money right out of the gate, but if a team believes a safety like Adams has Pro Bowl potential, then that shouldn't matter.
This brings up the question of quarterback, and if the draft falls this way, GM Ryan Pace would have his pick of the QBs. McShay has the quarterbacks all falling out of his top 10, so if Pace has a sense he could get his QB a few spots down, maybe he tries to work a trade back.
I can’t wait for the draft...
What do you guys think about this mock?
You guys OK with Adams at three in this scenario?