In a recent ESPN Insider article, Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. goes through each day of the NFL Draft and he picks a player that fills a need for every team. It’s not a mock draft, but rather an interesting exercise to identify some prospects that could be in play when each teams is on the clock.
For the Chicago Bears he hits on three positions of need and it’s three players that general manager Ryan Pace could very well have on his draft board.
In the first round Muench has a popular player, but he has Virginia Tech’s Tremaine Edmunds making a position change, which is something I’ve suggested could be in the cards as well. Here’s what he said about Edmunds.
The Bears cut outside linebackers Willie Young and Pernell McPhee -- plus, Lamarr Houston is unsigned, Sam Acho had three sacks in 12 starts last year and Leonard Floyd has missed 10 games over his first two seasons. Edmunds has the size, length and closing speed to make an immediate impact at outside linebacker in defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s 3-4 scheme.
Projecting Edmunds on the edge is risky, but projecting him as an inside linebacker is risky as well. His technique needs work where ever he ends up, but he has the size and length to settle in as an outside linebacker opposite Leonard Floyd.
His day two projection is Georgia guard Isaiah Wynn, whom Robert Zeglinski had the Bears taking in the first round of his recent “trade down” mock. If Wynn is there on day two, and the Bears didn’t already address guard in the first round, he would be a fantastic pick. Here’s what Muench had to say about the Bears targeting the big former Bulldog tackle.
Chicago declined left guard Josh Sitton’s option. Right guard Kyle Long has missed 14 games over the past two seasons and he had neck, shoulder and elbow surgeries after Chicago put him on injured reserve last year. Wynn is a complete player who projects as a plug-and-play starter and should develop into a top-tier NFL guard.
And here’s a little of what Robert had to say about the 6’3”, 313 pounder.
...his undersized frame fits in a zone blocking offense like a glove. He excels when pulling (as exemplified above) and executing reach blocks. He’s rarely off balance and establishes quick foundations in every movement he makes. To boot, he finishes his blocks with an edge.
On the third day Muench thinks the Bears could look for wide receiver J’Mon Moore of Missouri.
The departure of Cam Meredith and Kevin White’s inability to stay healthy make receiver a pressing need, and the Bears don’t have a third-round pick. Moore has the change of direction skills to develop into an effective route runner. He ran a much faster time at his pro day than he did at the combine and he has good playing speed, making him a good value at the top of the fourth round.
Moore is 6’3”, 204, which is almost identical to Meredith’s height and weight. He’s a good athlete, he’s a good yards after catch guy, but his route running needs to be tightened up. As a day three prospect, he has some upside.
Who are three players you’d like to see the Bears target on each day of the draft?