Lately, there has been a lot of buzz circulating around the top of the 2017 NFL Draft. Since we’re only a few days away from the first round that makes a lot of sense. Teams are floating things about certain prospects, agents are floating things about the players they represent or even about the players they don’t, and some analysts are just floating stuff to garner attention (i.e. click-bait).
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from past NFL Drafts, it’s that there are no guarantees. Draft history only matters until someone bucks a trend. There are 32 teams in the NFL with 32 very different draft boards. One team may have a prospect with a 1st round grade, while another team has the same player off their draft board entirely.
Every year we read countless mock drafts to prepare ourselves for the real deal, only to have the actual draft fall in a way no one could have predicted. That’s what makes the NFL Drat such good theater.
So don’t be that guy that comes out before the draft and claims, ‘there’s NO way that guy falls,’ or ‘this guy will NEVER go that high,’ because there’s always a chance.
A surprise 2016 repeat drops Myles Garrett in their laps.
Remember way back in '16? When no one thought the quarterbacks were ready but everybody climbed all over each other to trade up and take them anyway? Seems like so long ago. Life comes at you fast. It doesn't look as if that'll happen this year, but hey, the Bears can dream. Maybe somebody offers the Browns a deal their pocket protectors can't refuse, Shanahan gets his wish and the draft's best player is sitting there at 3 for the Bears to gobble up. Maybe that makes everybody forget that they need a quarterback, too.
The latest buzz has quarterbacks Mitchell Trubisky and Deshaun Watson both in serious consideration at 1-2 in the draft. While that happening may not be likely, I think it would be a great start to a dream scenario for Chicago GM Ryan Pace.
I’ll take this dream a bit further and have the Bears get their future QB in the 2nd round. Just like the head to head mock done by Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, I think it would be fantastic if Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes was sitting there at 36 overall. Mahomes has incredible arm talent and he plays the game with a swagger.
In the 3rd round, I think the Bears should get greedy and look to trade down for some more picks. This is such a deep draft, so I think GM Ryan Pace will definitely look to move back at some point, and the 3rd round you may have some teams getting antsy to come up and get their guy. The Bears could move back a bit from 67th overall and add a 5th or 6th rounder to the mix.
Safety and corner are so deep that the Bears could get lucky and have a prospect at each position fall to them in the 3rd and 4th rounds.
Safeties Desmond King of Iowa, Delano Hill of Michigan, or Alabama’s Eddie Jackson would be good finds. What if Washington corner Sidney Jones falls to the 3rd round because of his injury? Clemson corner Cordrea Tankersly could fall to the 3rd round (it’s a dream scenario so why not). Minnesota speedster Jalen Myrick may slip to the 4th round.
Iowa tight end George Kittle, is as technically sound a blocker as there is in this class, but he didn’t flash as a receiver during his time in college. If he falls to the 5th round for the Bears, I’d be fine with that pick.
Sticking with offense, I think it’d be great if NIU wide out, Kenny Golladay, or North Carolina receiver, Ryan Switzer, was there in the 6th round.
What are some dream scenarios you’d like to see play out for the Bears?