I like to do “theme” mock drafts when I go through the process. I’m not trying to hit every single pick, because let’s face it, that’s impossible. I use mocks as an exercise to learn more about prospects the Chicago Bears could draft. Mocks are supposed to be fun and informative, so I actually enjoy going outside the box on some picks, and besides, you never can tell how the real draft will fall.
I used the Fanspeak mock draft simulator and I went with their board and I accepted no trades. I also went with best player available (according to the board) because Bears’ general manager Ryan Pace has talked about being a BPA drafter. The only time I strayed from the BPA was when the pick would have doubled me up on a position I really didn’t need and if an obvious scheme mismatch would have been my choice.
Here’s the full mock to see how the other teams were mocked and how I drafted.
First Round - Pick 8 - Roquan Smith, ILB, Georgia
Do the Bears need an inside linebacker? Maybe. I think they’d be content to head into the 2018 season with Danny Trevathan and Nick Kwiatkoski starting, but with Smith as the BPA in this mock, it certainly would be an interesting pick. As an inside backer, I think he’s a better player than the other ILB expected to go in the first round, Tremaine Edmunds, but he doesn’t have Edmunds freakish athletic ability.
That’s not to say Smith isn’t athletically gifted. At 6’1”, 236 pounds he ran a 4.51 forty at the NFL Combine and that speed shows up on tape. He’s a sideline to sideline missile on the field and he’ll bring the total package to whichever team drafts him.
Second Round - Pick 39 - Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
In my last podcast, EJ Snyder had Geisicki yied for his number one tight end. At 6’5”, 247 pounds, this former volleyball and basketball player put on an impressive show at the combine. He’s not lining up next to a tackle to help your running game, but he’s a weapon in the passing game.
Fourth Round - Pick 105 - Lorenzo Carter, OLB, Georgia
Smith’s teammate with the Bulldogs checks in at 6’6”, and 250 pounds, and he actually ran a faster 40 than Smith did. Carter bested him by a hundredth of a second, but he’s not as complete a player. He’ll need to be coached up as an edge rusher, but the athletic traits are there.
Fourth Round - Pick 115 - John Kelly, RB, Tennessee
Kelly is short (5’8”), but stout (205) and he’d help in the passing game as both a receiver out of the backfield and in blitz pickup.
Fifth Round - Pick 145 - Jaleel Scott, WR, New Mexico State
I was hoping a wide out would be BPA sooner than this, but Scott has some skills. At 6’5”, he’s a go up and get it player. He has decent hands, but his route running could be crisper.
Sixth Round - Pick 181 - Jamarcus King, CB, South Carolina
I was hoping to snag a corner before the sixth round too, but BPA tied my hands. King has good length at 6’1”, but he’s a little slow (4.7 forty) and his quickness has been questioned. But he produced in his two year career, with 97 tackles, 5 picks and 21 passes defended.
Seventh Round - Pick 224 - Jacob Pugh, OLB, Florida State
I didn’t mind doubling down at this position because the Bears need bodies at OLB. Pugh is an interesting athletic prospect at 6’4”, 246 pounds with a 4.65 forty and a 38.5 inch vertical. Scouts are down on him for his consistency and lack of play strength, but if he’s allowed to focus on one position in the NFL he could develop into a solid backup.
As a seventh rounder, he has enough upside to roll the dice. Just check out his ridiculous spider-graph.
Not taking an offensive lineman isn’t ideal, and I’m not very high on the Kelly or King pick. But other than that, I’d say it wasn’t a bad haul for sticking to their BPA board.