Now that free agency has settled down a bit, some of the mock drafts should be taking a clearer shape. The Chicago Bears have put themselves in a position to draft the best player available with their numerous acquisitions, but I still think a quarterback is in play in one of the first two rounds.
Unfortunately, there are no guarantees on draft day, so if the Bears decide to roll the dice and pass on one of the top QBs with the third overall pick, the pickings could be slim come the 36th pick of the draft. Sure the Bears could try and work a trade back into the first round, but there are no guarantees they could swing a reasonable trade either.
In the latest mock draft from SB Nation’s Dan Kadar, he has the Bears going with Stanford defensive end, Solomon Thomas in the first round. Thomas has the skill set to be a jack of all trades for defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who would be able to line him up anywhere on his defensive front, including outside linebacker.
Kadar has the top four quarterbacks all going between picks 6-25, leaving the Bears to go BPA in the second, and it’s a player we haven’t discussed much here on WCG, Garrett Bolles, offensive tackle, from Utah.
Bolles is one of the few legit left tackle prospects in the draft, but he has some concerns. Growing up, he had a troubled childhood and some run-ins with the law, and that led to him not entering college football until two years after high school. He attended junior college, before spending only one year at Utah, so he doesn’t have a lot of experience at the major college level.
But he’s also matured a lot since his youth, as evidenced by his dedication to football and academics. The 24 year old Bolles is also married and has a child, plus his dedication to his faith, led him to serving on an LDS mission.
Take a peek at Kadar’s mock and let us know if you would have gone with Thomas-Bolles at 1-2.