WC Mock Draft April 21st
*Trade* The Bears trade 1 to the Broncos for 1 and 3.
I think the Bears may be in a nice spot to move down as the elite DT talent like Brockers and Poe may be drying up by the time 19 arrives. A team like Denver who needs an impact DT may need to move up.
1 DE Courtney Upshaw [Alabama] 6'2" 272lbs.
I know the criticisms about Upshaw and he has not tested well in the offseason and some people have criticized his interviews. But Upshaw is a football player and can come in and play the LE spot for the Bears. Upshaw is a pit bull on the field and is big, violent and nasty on the field. He has a solid burst and very strong hands to power his way to the QB and while he may not get 15 sacks a season he should be an 8-10 sack guy who plays the run well and wears down on an offense.
2 DT Brandon Thompson [Clemson] 6'2" 315lbs.
The Bears have lost 2 key contributors at DT and need to add someone to the rotation that can allow them to play at a high level against the Packers and the Lions. Thompson is a nice player because he has the size and power to play NT and he has enough burst and showed enough pass rush at the Senior Bowl to play the DT spot as well. In a division with Rodgers and Stafford you can never have enough DL talent.
3 OT Mitchell Schwartz [Cal] 6'5" 317lbs.
The Bears seem set to move into the season with the OL as is, but they need depth and competition at OT. Schwartz is a great pick because he play a number of positions along the line and protects the Bears against injuries [Carimi and Williams] or incompetence [Webb].
3 WR Marvin McNutt [Iowa] 6'2" 216lbs.
The Bears need depth at WR and they need more size. McNutt is big and smooth and while he may never dominate like Marshall he adds size to the WR core and should be the 3rd WR early on.
4. CB DeQuan Menzie [Alabama] 5'11" 195lbs.
With the signings if Hayden and Wilhite the Bears may not need as much depth at CB, but they need youth. Menzie is an Alabama DB, which means he can play zone and he can tackle.
5. LB Travis Lewis [OU] 6'1" 242lbs.
The Bears need to develop LBs of the future and while Lewis has fallen in the rankings when he is a little lighter he has the speed and coverage ability that the Bears need.
6. TE Evan Rodriguez [Temple] 6'2" 242lbs.
The TE position of the Bears is untested and unknown, but they could use an infusion of speed. Rodriguez may not be able to line up and block anyone, but he can run routes and has the speed to be a threat in the passing attack.
7. S Jerrell Young [South Florida] 6'1" 207lbs.
The Bears will draft a safety because Lovie has to and Young has the physical tools to contribute on special teams.
QB: Cutler, Campbell, McCown
RB: Forte, Bush, Bell, Clutts
WR: Marshall, Bennett, McNutt, Hester, Weems, Thomas, Knox [PUP]
TE: Davis, Spaeth, Rodriguez
LT: Webb, Schwartz
LG: C. Williams, E. Williams
RG: Louis, Spencer
RE: Peppers, Wootton
DT: Melton, Thompson
NT: Paea, Toenia
LE: Upshaw, Idonije
SLB: Roach, Hayes
MLB: Urlacher, Lewis, Dicico
WLB: Briggs, Trahan
CB: Tillman, Jennings, D.J Moore, Hayden, Menzie
FS: Conte, Walter, Young
SS: Wright, Steltz
I would rather have mercilus then upshaw but trading out of the pick is a big possibility IMO. Either way u covered our needs
I am not sure who I would prefer.
Originally Posted by motownbear
Mercilus has the plus athletic ability and pass rush.
Upshaw is a relentless pit bull that never stops chasing the QB.
I think both upgrade us.
Ive always liked Upshaw over Mercilous and it nets our 3 rd back so hell yes!
You can coach up a young guys technique but cant coach will,nastiness and relentlessness you need all of thee above to excell in the trenches
Nice mock...I prefer Upshaw over Mercilus as well. Only pick I really don't care for is Marvin McNutt. He's not the best compliment to BMarsh IMO.
With Peppers, as the elite pass rusher, maybe the Bears do not need to take the risk searching for a freak pass rusher because they bust out a lot. Maybe the need a relentless SOB that is going to collapse the pocket and attack at 110% the entire game.
Originally Posted by Bipolar Bear
McNutt is someone I would bring in less to compliment Marshall and more to back him up and learn to be like him in case of injury or suspension. I think McNutt is a little under rated in this draft because he is from Iowa. I think he could be a valuable member of the receiving core in the right role.
Ive said it on different threads give me a guy who will net 8-10 sacks but is a mean sob who brings it every down and will smack the qb around and make him uncomfortable by comming 100mph every play over a guy who will get 14-16 sacks but those plays are the only time he is in there
Originally Posted by WindyCity
If upshaw can just bring it play in and play out forcing the qb into rushed reads and feeding him to pep then sign that man up!
I like you picks except we only have one 3d round pick and you have 2 listed.
You've come a long way since this thread on Upshaw.
I still believe the guy is legit and 25 is about perfect value.
Well done, Windy. Probably one of your best. I made a Mock Draft myself and I gotta admit that both mock drafts have a lot in common.