The NFL Network’s Mike Mayock is one of the more popular NFL Draft analysts around, but unlike most draft pundits, he only does one mock draft. The 2017 NFL Draft is such a mystery, that Mayock tweeted out that he thinks there a good chance none of his mock picks hit, calling this the “most cloudy 1st round I have ever seen.”
Simple and to the point from Mayock.
If Lattimore is picked at 3, I’ll be joining the pencil throwing brigade.
SB Nation’s Dan Kadar dropped his final mock draft and he as the Bears going with safety Jamal Adams, from LSU, saying, “In the days leading up to the draft, there is some speculation that Adams could go second overall. If he’s here at three, the Bears should strike. He’s arguably the safest pick in the draft and could cure the team’s long-term issues at safety.”
Todd McShay, from ESPN, is also on the Adams to Chicago train saying, “Adams is the No. 2 player on our board and one of the cleanest prospects in a class full of character and durability question marks. He'd be an impact player from day one for this defense.”
EDIT - McShay updated his mock draft, changing his pick for the Bears!
Solomon Thomas, DT, Stanford
Thomas is the total package: He can play pretty much any position along the D-line, and he shows the strength and quickness to be an effective pass-rusher at the next level.
McShay’s fellow ESPN Insider, Mel Kiper Jr., has the Bears taking Solomon Thomas, the DL/OLB from Stanford.
If Adams doesn't make it to the Bears at No. 3, the versatile Thomas could be the pick. He'd play end in Chicago's 4-3. After snagging Leonard Floyd in last year's first round, the Bears are building a solid front seven.
Now before you get all ready to crucify Kiper for talking about the 4-3 defense, keep in mind the Bears are in a 4 man front sub-package over half the time. He could rush the passer while learning the nuances of outside linebacker.
ESPN’s Louis Riddick, took his mock on a different spin, by mocking the best fits for each team based on need.
3. Chicago Bears
Myles Garrett, DE/OLB, Texas A&M
Garrett is scheme versatile, so he can fit in the Bears' 3-4 defense. Secondary is the Bears' other big need, but I couldn't overlook the durability issues surrounding Ohio State DBs Marshon Lattimore and Malik Hooker with Garrett still on the board.
I’d be OK with Garrett at 3.
This is the last mock I’m sharing! I’m all mocked out!