Chicago Bears Mock Draft: Fresh Predictions After the Super Bowl
The season is now officially in the books and it is time to shift focus to the offseason. The NFL draft is just over two months away.
General manager Phil Emery, coach Marc Trestman and their team will go through tape and evaluate hundreds of players as they decide what direction they want to go with their five picks this year.
There is no third-round pick for the team due to the Brandon Marshall trade and no seventh-round selection because of the trade for Brian Price. The Bears will still be able to hit every need in their picks, but in what order?
Will the Bears draft a left tackle in the first round? Do they get a tight end or a replacement for Brian Urlacher? Here is the 2013 mock draft for the Chicago Bears.
First Round: Alec Ogletree, OL, Georgia
In an ideal world, the Bears would love to see North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper fall to them. That likely won't happen, forcing the team to go in another direction.
Yes, the Bears need a tackle, but Phil Emery is not the kind of guy willing to reach for a player just to fill a need. There are plenty of good tackles in the draft allowing him to address the issue in a later round.
There are a couple of impact players on the board and it will be tough to choose between Alec Ogletree and Arthur Brown.
Both players are explosive tacklers who have an affinity for making big plays, but Ogletree fits into the Bears' need for an outside linebacker now while grooming him to replace Brian Urlacher in the near future.
Ogletree is a 6'3'', 230-pound tackling machine. He led the Georgia Bulldogs with 98 tackles last year despite missing four games due to a suspension.
This pick is all depending on the notion the team re-signs Urlacher to a cap friendly two-year deal and allows Nick Roach to walk. Should it keep Roach and let Urlacher go, then Arthur Brown very well could be drafted here.
Second Round: Kyle Long, OT/G, Oregon
The Bears will most likely go after a left tackle via free agency. There are many good options available and that takes the pressure off a young player having to come in and protect Jay Cutler's blindside.
With that said, an offensive lineman is still a need. With so many holes on the line, the team will look toward a versatile player who can play both tackle and guard.
Kyle Long is a 6'6'', 304-pound tackle who can slide inside and play guard. He transferred to Oregon after leaving Florida State where he had some off the field issues. He rebounded nicely to have a solid career and should transfer well to the next level.
Long is a terrific run-blocker and excelled in Oregon's fast pace style. He will help Matt Forte and the run game as well as adapt to a faster NFL.
Long is the son of Hall of Fame lineman Howie Long and the brother of current NFL pass-rusher Chris Long. He has the skill and the pedigree and will be a nice fit for the Bears no matter what position he plays.
Fourth Round: B.W. Webb, CB, William & Mary
There is a very small chance the Bears bring back D.J. Moore and Kelvin Hayden. They are going to need a new nickel corner and there are slim pickings in free agency.
B.W. Webb comes from a small school, but he has a reputation for being a very good corner. At 5'10'', 183 pounds, Webb has good size to play the nickel. It will be interesting to see his 40 time, but it could be anywhere from 4.32-4.45.
Webb started 48 games in college and has experience playing Cover 2. He showed good anticipation in man coverage and can play the zone well. Webb finished his career at William & Mary with 11 interceptions. He also adds an extra element in the return game.
Fifth Round: Khaled Holmes, C, USC
Roberto Garza really has not been the center the Bears hoped for. He hasn't been horrible, but he lacks the leadership and skills needed to command an offensive line.
In order to run Marc Trestman's offense, you need a center who can read defenses and adjust his line accordingly. Aaron Kromer has been brought in to re-tool the line and it helps to give him a true leader.
Khaled Holmes was a three-year starter at USC who graduated with a 3.31 grade point average while working on his master's degree in communication management. He stands about 6'3'', 305 pounds and performs well in the running and passing games.
Holmes was slowed last year by an ankle injury but rebounded late in the season to make the 2012 All-PAC-12 first team.
Sixth Round: Zach Sudfeld, TE, Nevada
Jay Cutler likes big targets and is in desperate need of another guy to go over the middle. The Bears will likely find a tight end in free agency, but another big weapon won't hurt, especially in the late rounds.
Zach Sudfeld is 6'6'', 261 pounds. He started all 13 games for Nevada last season and had 45 receptions for 598 yards and nine touchdowns. To go with his extraordinary size, he has soft hands and is very athletic.
Sudfeld would be the perfect second tight end to a more accomplished player at the position. Allow him to develop and he could be an impact player down the line.