Chicago Bears Mock Draft: Lastest 7-Round Predictions Heading into Bowl Season
The window of opportunity is slowly closing for the Monsters of the Midway, as the vaunted defense isn't getting any younger.
The Bears have needs in a variety of areas, including offensive line, linebacker, tight end and safety. Here is the latest seven-round projection for Chicago.
1st Round: Eric Fisher, Left Tackle, Central Michigan
Everyone in the Bears organization knows that the offensive line needs to be upgraded—and in case they forgot, I'm sure Jay Cutler would gladly remind them.
There is a talented list of linemen who will be going in the first round. However, the cream of the crop will likely be gone by the time the Bears are on the clock (Luke Joeckel, Jake Matthews, Barrett Jones and Chance Warmack).
Nevertheless, Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher will likely still be on the board, and Cutler would love to have him. Who wouldn't want a 6'8", 305-pound wall protecting your backside—especially with pass-rushers like Clay Matthews and Jared Allen in your division?
Fisher has a bright future in the NFL, and the Bears would love to have him.
2nd Round: Larry Warford, Guard, Kentucky
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The Bears have always been about playing "old-school" football by running the football and playing good defense.
This season, however, establishing a running game has been extremely difficult for Chicago despite having one of the premier running backs in the league.
Prior to Week 13, the Bears ranked 17th in the league in yards per carry, and their inability to run the ball was greatly exposed against Seattle. This needs to change, and adding Kentucky offensive guard Larry Warford would greatly help the cause.
Warford was named Preseason Second-Team All-SEC the past two seasons. The Bears need to do their best to bring back Lance Louis next season, and adding Warford's 6'3", 343-pound frame in the other guard spot would solidify the team's biggest area of weakness.
4th Round: Travis Kelce, Tight End, Cincinnati
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After addressing the offensive line in the first two rounds, the Bears will then move down the "fix-it" list to tight end.
The combination of Davis and Matt Spaeth has been extremely ineffective, as Cutler has been without an adequate option down the middle since Greg Olsen left town.
Cincinnati tight end Travis Kelce would be a great addition. The 6'6" senior has had a great season, catching 40 passes for nearly 500 yards and six touchdowns.
Kelce has great hands, and he would add a whole new dimension to the Bears offense.
5th Round: Bruce Taylor, Linebacker, Virginia Tech
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Bears fans don't want to hear it, but Brain Urlacher's time in the NFL is running short.
Whether it's one or two more seasons, the Bears need to start looking for a replacement. While finding the future Hall of Famer's heir-apparent in the fifth round might be nearly impossible, taking a chance on Virginia Tech's Bruce Taylor would be a good idea.
Taylor has early mid-round talent, but an ankle injury in 2011 has kept him from being at full strength. Taylor was a 2012 All-ACC Honorable Mention selection, and when he's healthy, he can fill the gaps in the middle.
6th Round: Jordan Kovacs, Safety, Michigan
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Another area that the Bears could use some help at is safety.
Major Wright and Chris Conte have been up and down this season, and adding a collegiate standout to bolster the back end of the defense couldn't hurt.
So why not take Michigan safety Jordan Kovacs, who is considered as one of the top safeties in college football? Kovacs is a tad undersized (6'0", 202 pounds), but he knows the game and has a great deal of experience.
As a sophomore, Kovacs led the Wolverines with 116 total tackles. This year, he was named Second Team All-Big Ten.
Safeties are crucial in the cover-two defense, and Kovacs could be a beneficial addition.