Chicago Bears Mock Draft: Predicting All 7 Rounds, Pre-Scouting Combine
The NFL combine is just around the corner, and draft prospects will participate in glorified sprints, lifts and jumps that don't really say much about their ability on the football field.
Nevertheless, scouts will be there with their stopwatches and pencils, making notes of every little detail.
This is one of the most important drafts in the Bears' recent history, as they attempt to find the perfect prototype to fill their areas of need. Here is their most recent mock draft.
First Round: Barrett Jones, G
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Jones isn't the type of player who is going to wow you at the combine, but what he does in the trenches should get the Bears excited.
At 6'4", 305 pounds, Jones has the size for a prototypical interior lineman at the NFL level. Jones is versatile (playing center, guard and tackle in college) and strong in the running game, while possessing a multitude of experience.
The Bears have issues in pass protection, and they were surprisingly pedestrian in the running game last season, making Jones a smart pick.
Second Round: Robert Woods, WR
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Robert Woods was one of the best wide receivers in the country the past two seasons, totaling a combined 2,000-plus yards and 26 touchdowns.
Like Jones, Woods isn't going to be at the top of the list in 40-times (he runs a 4.47 according to ESPN.com), but he will impress scouts in other areas. Woods is the perfect example of a productive possession receiver, combining good hands with crisp route running.
The Bears already have big targets in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. The squad could use a new speed demon with the absence of Johnny Knox, and possibly Devin Hester, next season.
Woods is a good option, giving Jay Cutler a reliable target underneath and allowing Marshall to stretch the defense.
Fourth Round: Jon Bostic, LB
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Bears fans are getting tired of thinking about whether or not Brian Urlacher will be back next season. Nevertheless, his replacement (even if temporary) needs to be found in this draft.
Linebacker Jon Bostic had an impressive season at Florida, ranking third on the team with 68 tackles. Bostic has good size at 6'1", 246 pounds, and can fill the gaps in the running game. This is an important area for the Bears, who last season gave up their highest yards per carry on the ground (4.2) since 2009.
Bostic doesn't have the lateral speed that Urlacher had in his early years, but unfortunately Urlacher doesn't have it either. Bostic would be a nice pick in the fourth round.
Fifth Round: Terry Hawthorne, CB
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Terry Hawthorne fell off the radar in 2012, but he will make an NFL team very happy in the future.
Hawthorne is somewhat undersized for a corner (6'0", 194 lbs.), but just ask Tim Jennings how much that matters. As the Bears look for answers in the return game, Hawthorne would be a great option, as he is sure to garner attention for his 40-time.
The Bears could use a nickel corner, and Hawthorne can be that guy.
Sixth Round: Chris Gragg, TE
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Many Bears fans want to see their team pick up a tight end like Tyler Eifert or Zach Ertz in the early rounds, but that isn't to say they can't find value at the end of the draft.
Chris Gragg is an athletic tight end (6'3", 236 lbs.), who possesses good speed and decent hands (better than Kellen Davis). Gragg battled injuries last season, forcing him to miss seven games, but he should be back at full strength by next season.
Cutler would like to have another Greg Olsen in Chicago, but a simple upgrade at the position would be nice.
Gragg, if healthy, would be an upgrade.