About the only thing NFL Draft analysts seem to agree on when discussing the Chicago Bears, is that they still need some secondary help. Sure they added a veteran safety and three veteran corners, but finding some good young talent is a must.
Many mock drafters are still all over the map for the Bears with the third overall pick, but safety seems to be gaining steam. The “value” argument is valid, but the way this draft stacks up, a safety could very well be near the top of most team’s boards.
Should a team, like the Bears, pass up on the top player on their board because they can get a quality player at the same position later? How big is the gap in rating between player A and player B? How different are the draft boards from team to team?
Chicago general manager Ryan Pace has a huge, potentially franchise altering decision coming up.
The recent mock draft from ESPN Insider Todd McShay, went three rounds. For this one, he decided to mock draft as if he were the GM for every team, “based on what's best for each team at that slot.”
Here’s his three round haul for the Bears.
Round 1 (3): Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Round 2 (36): Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Round 3 (67): Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson
The Bears' secondary still needs a lot of work, but the good news for Chicago fans is that this draft is ripe with playmakers in the defensive backfield. Adams is the most complete DB in the class and one of the best safety prospects I've evaluated in recent years. He can cover the slot or patrol the deep half, and he's an elite run defender. I'm not as high on Humphrey as others, but he has a very high ceiling because of his size (6-foot, 197) and fluidity in coverage. Watkins is capable of developing into a three-down player in the NFL.
We’ve discussed Adams a lot here on WCG, but those other two prospects are new to the mocking game.
Humphrey is a guy that I’ve seen go in the top half of round one. He’s an outside corner, and a former high school track star. His dad, Bobby, played in the NFL and his mom, Barbara, was a collegiate track star, so he has the good genes thing going on. He’s a solid all around football player and at 20 years old, his best football is in front of him.
Watkins is a 6’3”, 309 pound interior defender, but he has the arm length to play defensive end in the Bears’ 3-4 defense. At Clemson he did play some on the nose, so he could back up Eddie Goldman in Chicago.
What are your thoughts on these three players?