Kiper Puts New Twist on Bears Picks......................
April 19, 2012 Kiper puts new twist on mock draft
By: Larry Mayer | Last Updated: 4/19/2012 3:38 PM
If ESPN analyst Mel Kiper were in charge of the Bears draft, he would select Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus in the first round (19th overall) , Appalachian State receiver Brian Quick in the second (50th) and Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still in the third (79th).
Unlike a mock draft where prognosticators predict how the selection process will unfold, Kiper has generated a three-round draft in which he made all the picks based on the prospects he felt each team should choose.
“The Bears really need to shore up the offensive line, but they've expressed a lot of optimism -- particularly [coordinator] Mike Tice -- and I can see them waiting around to add help,” Kiper wrote. “So I'll play along. Clearly, they've talked me into it, as I'm also looking elsewhere, targeting the pass rush in Round 1.
“Mercilus is a one-year wonder in terms of production, but the tape shows a guy who figured it out, and if he can play at the level he did in 2011 (I have no reason to believe it'll disappear), this is a player who fits the system in Chicago and can close on quarterbacks when he gets the edge.
“Quick is another huge target (6-4, 220) for Jay Cutler, and while I think Chicago needs to go O-line here, the way the board lines up for this Quick is a steal, and a couple of O-line options I can see here look like reaches. I'm not married to this pick, but it wouldn't be a bad one for need and value.
“Still is a steal this late, and I may have left him on the board too long. The Bears do want help at defensive tackle, and Rod Marinelli can do a lot with Still.” (ya think, others have him as a late 1st rounder but after Haynes I don't that I want another PSU lineman)