Chicago Bears 2013 Mock Draft: Best-Case Scenarios for All 7 Rounds
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The NFL draft is just as much luck as it is skill for general mangers and their coaching staffs. It is nearly impossible for a team to come out of the draft with every person on its board going into each round. An executive can only hope the stars align for him.
It's still fun to look at the best-case scenario going into the draft. Right now, the Bears have some holes on defense and would still like to upgrade their offensive line. If everything works out, they can address all their needs and even add a wild card into the mix.
Should everything fall into place for the Bears in this year's draft, their picks would look a lot like this.
1st Round: North Carolina Guard Jonathan Cooper
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The Bears have spent the offseason overhauling the offensive line. Adding Jermon Bushrod to left tackle solidifies Jay Cutler's blindside and strengthens the right side by switching J'Marcus Webb to right tackle.
They also added veteran Matt Slauson but could benefit from adding another guard. If North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper is still on the table by the time the Bears draft at 20, that would be their dream come true.
Cooper is an athletic 6'2'', 311-pound man who is outstanding in the run game. He is equally good in the pass game and would be perfect for Marc Trestman's quicker-paced offense.
Should the Bears be able to draft Cooper, they'd get a player who should provide stability on the line for close to a decade.
2nd Round: Any Quality Linebacker with a 1st-Round Grade
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Since the Bears went out and signed veteran linebackers James Anderson and D.J. Williams, the need for a linebacker is still urgent but not dire.
The Bears still need to get younger at the position and should address the issue in the second round. In a perfect world, a linebacker that had a first-round grade would fall to them in the second round.
There is a very small chance Arthur Brown from Kansas State slips into the second round. Even if he does, he will likely be gone by the time the Bears are on the board again at pick 50. They would need to trade up should they want him.
Brown is a stout 6'0'', 241-pound player who is very instinctive and a sure tackler. Many people will complain about his lack of size, but he makes up for that in technique and intelligence. The reason he might slip is because of the questions about size and past injuries.
Should Brown be off the board, then Kevin Minter from LSU and Khaseem Greene from Rutgers are great fallback options.
4th Round: Miami Cornerback Brandon McGee
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Since the Bears don't have a third-round pick due to the Brandon Marshall trade from last year, they are really going to have to get a player in the fourth round they like.
The team has shown interest in Brandon McGee from Miami. The cornerback has already come in for a visit and the Bears would love nothing more than for him to fall to them in the fourth round.
McGee has good size at 5'10'', 193 pounds. He also has shown solid speed running a 4.34-40 time. McGee had 24 straight starts to end his career in Miami, but he was inconsistent at times. He needs to be coached up before being a consistent starter in the NFL.
He did have a much better showing at the East-West Shrine Game to help his draft stock. He would be perfect for the Bears as a player who can fill a depth need early before developing into a starter later on.
5th Round: Penn State Linebacker Gerald Hodges
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When drafting in the fifth round, a general manager can really set himself apart from his colleagues by finding the best value picks that fit his team.
Penn State linebacker Gerald Hodges fits that mold. Hodges is a 6'1'', 243-pound player that can play inside or out. He provides value on special teams and can serve as a great fill-in on the depth chart.
There is nothing flashy about Hodges, but his game and demeanor are often found in a player who sticks around for about 10 years. When you can get that kind of value past the third round, you take it.
Hodges led Penn State in tackles his last two years there and was a two-time All-Big Ten honoree. He's the kind of hard worker who might just surprise you and be a solid starter a couple of years down the line.
6th Round: Oklahoma Quarterback Landry Jones
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The Bears don't necessarily want to take a quarterback in the draft, but if a good one is staring them in the face in the sixth round, they won't let him pass by.
Right now, Matt Blanchard and Josh McCown are Jay Cutler's backups. To add to that, Cutler does not have a long-term deal. Marc Trestman is the kind of guy who feels he can develop his kind of guy no matter what people think his talent level is.
Imagine if Oklahoma's Landry Jones were still on the board when the Bears drafted in the sixth round. Jones is a bigger quarterback at 6'4'', 225 pounds. He has a good arm but struggles with pressure. That's where Trestman's tutelage would come in.
It is still too early to tell if Jones has the ability to be a starter in the NFL, but he could be a viable backup, which is always worth a sixth-round pick.