Chicago Bears Insider: Six-Round NFL Mock Draft
In what will be my second to last mock draft for the Bears of the pre-draft season, it’s time to take a look at players who could interest the Bears heading into the 2011 NFL draft at the end of this month. There have been several new “revelations” both with the Bears and with some of the prospects involved in the 2011 NFL draft, and things are changing in mock drafts and draft boards almost every day.
There is no doubt that the Bears need help on the offensive side of the football, particularly on the offensive line, first and foremost, but it appears as if Chicago may be leaning towards taking a defensive player with that first-round pick. The more you hear about the way other teams will draft and the more that you realize that the Bears still have a defense first philosophy, the more you realize that Chicago will probably go for defense with this pick.
So, without further delay, here is a look at my latest mock draft for the Chicago Bears as we are just two weeks away from the real 2011 NFL draft.
Round 1, Pick 29: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
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This pick shouldn’t surprise anyone realizing what the Bear’s primary focus is going to be on defense this, despite the fact that they need the help on offense much more. The departure of Tommie Harris leaves a hole in the defensive line as does the uncertain future of Anthony Adams (as of this writing he had no contract signed with the team), so the Bears may feel that this is where they want to pick a defensive lineman.
Granted, it will be at the expense of the offensive line, but hopefully the Bears will find a lot of help there in the next few rounds.
Round 2, Pick 30 (62nd Overall), James Brewer, OT, Indiana
You may not have heard of Brewer, but he’s quietly raised the eyebrows of some NFL scouts and coaches and could be a good pick up for the Bears in the second round. We all know that the Bears need to find some help on the offensive line, and since they won’t take an offensive lineman in the first round (in this mock draft), they have to go for that help in the second round.
If you read anything about Brewer, you will find out that he would be worth a pick later in the second round and could help the Bears offense out right away.
Round 3, Pick 29 (93rd Overall), Clint Boling, OG, Georgia
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The Bears will double up on offensive linemen as taking a guard would be their next best option, especially since Roberto Garza doesn’t have a lot of mileage left on his tires. Boling has proved himself to be an interesting option, and at this stage in the draft, the Bears might be wise for the Bears to pick him up here in the third round.
Round 4, Pick 30 (127th Overall), Jake Kirkpatrick, C, TCU
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If the Bears are serious about fixing their offensive line and getting someone to replace long-time center Olin Kreutz, then they need to take a center in this draft. The fourth round would be an ideal place to find this player, and Kirkpatrick should be available when the Bears pick in the fourth round. Give him about a year of learning, and he should end up being the Bears starting center.
Round 5, Pick 29 (160th Overall), Doug Houge, LB, Syracuse
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I am sticking with this pick because the Bears are showing a lot of interest in Houge, and they are going to need the help at the outside linebacker position. The Bears don’t have both Nick Roach and Pisa Tinoisamoa under contract as of yet and may not get them under contract, so they have to draft an outside linebacker in this draft in order to not go into the season without much talent at that position.
Round 6, Pick 30 (195th Overall), Chykie Brown, CB, Texas
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The Bears are probably going to look for some additional depth at the cornerback position, so look for the Bears to draft a cornerback later on in the draft. If Brown is around when the Bears pick in the sixth round, then he just might be a nice addition to the defense and on special teams.