Chicago Bears Final 2014 NFL Mock Draft Roundup
Finally, the wait is over. The extended time has felt like an eternity, but we have made it to the eve of the NFL draft.
Last week, we featured our Chicago Bears' Mock Draft Roundup and gave you picks from ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay. We also featured Rob Rang and Dane Brugler of CBS Sports as well as NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis.
All are back with their updated picks, and we have added Bleacher Report's own Matt Miller's picks. Jeremiah and Davis both agree on their first-round selections for the Bears. Kiper and McShay had their own separate first-round mocks as well as a three-round joint effort. Rang and Brugler gave us two rounds, and Miller went the full seven.
Along with all their picks, I will give you my selections for all seven of the Bears' picks. Click on the slideshow to see the names.
First Round, Pick 14
Mel Kiper Jr.: Oklahoma St. CB Justin Gilbert (subscription required)
Todd McShay: Alabama FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (subscription required)
Kiper and McShay: Louisville SS Calvin Pryor (subscription required)
It's likely the Bears will race to the podium if Aaron Donald is still on the board. Bringing him in will solidify the defensive line and allow any deficiencies in the back end of the defense to be hidden better. His pass rushing ability, along with the new acquisitions up front, would make even Chris Conte look admirable because he wouldn't be on an island for too long.
Sadly, Donald is the best defensive tackle in the draft, and because of that, it seems highly unlikely he will be around almost halfway through the first round. Donald will be gone but Clinton-Dix and Gilbert might still be there. Even with them on the board, I believe the Bears will opt for a more physical presence in the secondary.
My choice: Louisville SS Calvin Pryor
Second Round, Pick 51
The general consensus seems to be picking a future replacement for Charles Tillman. It would be a wise choice considering Tillman is 33 years old and played in only eight games last season.
If the Bears are going to look for a future starting corner, then he better have size, because with Tim Jennings on the other side, the Bears cannot afford to play with two undersized corners.
I also think the Bears go for a corner and take a young man with great size and an ability to play solid press coverage.
My choice: Nebraska CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste
Third Round, Pick 82
Even with all the moves on the defensive line, the interior is still a problem. Jeremiah Ratliff is an aging player, Stephen Paea has one year left on his deal, and Nate Collins is nothing more than a solid rotational player.
The Bears need to inject some talent and youth into the defensive tackle position. Losing Henry Melton hurt, but there's a player in the draft with a similar skill set, and he's even coming off a torn ACL. Not too many players in this draft can play the natural 3-technique role, and the Bears will jump on someone who can.
I think the Bears will take a player whose stock has dropped due to injury concerns but is still as talented a tackle in the draft when healthy.
My choice: Florida DT Dominique Easley
Fourth Round, Pick 117
Is it time to shift to offense, or can the Bears still find some defensive value at this point? When you look at the middle linebacker position, it has to be a concern in the long term. D.J. Williams is the immediate starter, but there isn't anybody behind him to carry the torch.
Why not draft a player who can contribute right away in a major way on special teams and eventually be the long-term answer to middle linebacker? You need a guy who is athletic, plays with a mean streak and can cover running backs and tight ends in this league.
My choice: UCLA ILB Jordan Zumwalt
Fifth Round, Pick 156
Here's where the Bears will work on their offensive depth. As of now, they still need a backup running back, offensive lineman and tight end just in case anything happens to Martellus Bennett.
It's not a very talented tight end draft, but there are some players who can do all of the dirty work a backup should be able to do. The Bears will go with a physical presence who can block and sneak out and catch a pass when needed.
My choice: Georgia TE Arthur Lynch
Sixth Round, Pick 183
Matt Forte can only shoulder the entire load for so long. The Bears need to be proactive about finding a backup for him. The key here is to find someone who can fit well into the offense. Michael Bush's one-dimensional style just didn't work last season.
Running backs were once a glamorous position where you saw most of the talent go in the first few rounds. Now, the best backs don't come off the board until the second round, and you can find a quality player in the late rounds. Case in point is an athletic back who not only runs hard but can catch the football as well.
My choice: Arizona St. RB Marion Grice
Sixth Round, Pick 191
With their last pick, the Bears will address the offensive line. They could use an athletic swing player who can play either tackle or guard in a pinch. Maybe he could turn into a starter a few years down the line.
My choice: Michigan OT/G Michael Schofield