Just hours away from arguably the most significant draft in recent years, yet there is still a lot of conjecture about whom the Bears will pick.
Best player available?
Though the Bears could use a boost at safety, cornerback and linebacker, and have a serious need at defensive tackle, none of those positions represents as great a need for the first round as DE, OT or WR.
But out of the DE, OT and WR positions, which will be the Bears fill first?
In the following slides, I'll take a different approach to mock drafting.
I'll present what I think would be the ideal mock draft depending on the position drafted in the first round. That yields three different mock drafts to consider. It will also allow you to see for yourself, the strengths and weaknesses of pursuing a particular position in the first round.
Even with these three mocks, there are still endless combinations and permutations the Bears could go with rounds 2-7. With these three mocks, I will follow the Best Player Available (BPA) and value-based drafting strategies for the remaining rounds beyond Round One.
But it's still equivalent to hitting the lottery when picking these individual guys. Instead of focusing on the individuals, my focus will be on identifying the position I think the Bears will go in each round and then identify a realistically-available player at that position for each of those rounds.
And at the end, I will make my prediction of which scenario the Bears will actually go. I will also give my two cents on whether I agree with the scenario I believe the Bears will follow.
Let's consider our first possible draft route.