Post First Wave Mock Offseason [Trade Down]
LB Brian Urlacher
DT Nate Collins
*Lance Louis, I want him back but he does not seem to be a priority re-signing right now.
FB Mike Cox [Atlanta]
*Trade* The Chicago Bears trade 1 [850 points] to the San Francisco 49ers for 2 and 3 and 3 [910 points]. The 49ers have 14 picks and they cannot use them all and they can be aggressive in moving up.
The free agent resources went to the offense and the later round draft picks will go to adding youth and depth to the defense. Phil Emery expressed an interest in moving down in the draft to gather picks because of the limited free agent budget.
2 LB Arthur Brown [Kansas St] 6' 240lbs.
The Bears are under going a revolution at the LB position and they need players that have the athletic ability to play in the Cover 2 system and they need players who are versatile. Brown has incredible physical ability clocking in the 4.5s in the 40 and showing similar speed on the field. Brown also is versatile having played on the outside and more recently in the middle of the Wildcat defense. He makes up for his lack of ideal height with good instincts and an ability to hit people. Brown is a leader on defense and the way he plays is infectious.
2 OG Larry Warford [Kentucky] 6'3" 333lbs.
The Bears have addressed the OT position in free agency, but they need to add talent to the interior line and luckily this draft has a number of ready made starters in it. Warford is a great athlete for a man for his size and he showed in the Senior Bowl and in his games against Sheldon Richardson and Sharif Floyd that he can pass protect and physically over poer NFL level defenders.
3 C Brian Schwenke [Cal] 6'3" 314lbs.
The Bears continue there interior OL overhaul with another player I think is a day 1 starter for the Bears. Schwenke is a great athlete and he is a stout pass protector and while he may never be a dominant force, but he can start and play at a high level. Schwenke is the type of player who shows up and plays 10 years at a solid level.
3 DE Devin Taylor [South Carolina] 6'7" 266lbs.
The Bears are a team built on pass rush and they are soon going to be waving goodbye to Julius Peppers, especially if Cutler steps up and earns a massive pay day. Taylor has every physical skill that you want in a DE, he is tall, long and has good speed. However, he never really put together a dominant campaign in college and he is more raw ability than anything right now. The Bears can afford to develop him and hopefully come out of the process with a player like Michael Johnson from the Bengals.
4. CB Leon McFadden [San Diego St] 5'10" 190lbs.
The Bears need a NB and they look unlikely to re-sign Moore or Hayden. McFadden is a physical cover guy that has the speed and quickness to match up inside and also has enough physical skills to be a long term developmental option on the outside.
5. LB Kevin Reddick [UNC] 6'1" 242lbs.
More resources being directed to the LB core. Reddick is not the athlete that Arthur Brown is, but he is a vocal leader with a ton of experience playing MLB and making the calls for a defense. Reddick is a physical tackler and in a perfect world he would play MLB and Brown would play WLB whenever Briggs decides to retire.
6. DT Josh Boyd [Mississipi St] 6'3" 310lbs.
The Bears are short at NT depth and they need to add a stout player that offers more pass rush than Matt Toenia. Boyd is a physical player with a strong build and enough burst to cause problems for OGs and Cs and at least push the pocket.
QB: Cutler, Campbell
RB: Forte, Bush, Allen
WR: Marshall, Jeffery, Bennett, Hester, Weems, Anderson
TE: Bennett, Rodriguez, Adams
C: Schwenke, Garza
RG: Carimi, Brown
RT: Webb, Brandon
RE: Peppers, McClellin
DT: Melton, Collins
NT: Paea, Boyd
LE: Wootton, Taylor
SLB: Brown, Costanzo. Trahan
MLB: Urlacher, Reddick
WLB: Briggs, Thomas
CB: Tillman, Jennings, McFadden, Frey, McMannis
FS: Conte, Hardin
SS: Wright, Steltz, Wright
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that'd be a good Draft.
I don't see Campbell taking much less to be our #2 again
I don't see Collins coming back. Tucker cut him once and now he isn't getting a RFA tender
I like this draft, before FA period I kept saying it was a good draft to drop back and get day 1 players for G and C, maybe they aren't the impact guys, but we needed more then just an impact G and C to be SB bound.
This draft provides a lot of depth, and starters by moving back.
Don't see NC or JC coming back w/what we have left in cap..but it won't matter. This team is closer to a full rebuild then a SB so another year w/JC or any other qb isn't going to make or break the team, just better not be a 2-3 mil contract, no vet backup qb is worth that trash money.
If this is how it went down I'd be happy. Would like jones but I've always liked Warford and Schwenke
They would be quality players among with brown
I love this mock but...just change that #93 pick out for a speedy WR/KR prospect. A Knox+
I like it. I like Brown a lot (wish he was about 2 inches taller, but so does he), I like Schwenke (I'd prefer to have Jones, but Mayock thinks Schwenke is better), and I really like Reddick. I'm not as warm and fuzzy on Warford as some are, but I'll go along with it as a nice add to our O-Line.
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very nice i like it. with all this maybe we will have even some cap to spare
I wouldn't be against this, but I don't think SF would do it (they'd get better offers where the point distributions would be more even), and I really would like Ogletree. I do like Schwenke as C although I'd prefer Jones just because supposedly he's remarkably intelligent, and we need competency in this offense (unlike what we've had).
Also, call me crazy, but I think it'd be in our better interests to cut Hester and pick up Denard Robinson in the fifth. He could return kicks and punts (the guy is absolutely explosive with the ball in his hands) and he could be brought up as a #3, #4, or #5 receiver with speed to lengthen the field and take attention away from the others. He'd be our Knox and Hester, combined.
One of your predictions already came true and I would like the other one to come true too, but only at the right price. We can't pay BU anything over $3.5 mil, we just don't have the space. I hope he just swallows his pride and comes back at a reduced rate.
As for Louis it depends. If we do go this route, then I would agree with not signing him as we could pick up a guard or two to replace him. But if we aren't trading down then we should darn well try to sign him, no use in creating another hole after you've begun filling them.
The only reason I'm not crazy about drafting too many Linebackers this year is because I think there are a couple of good ones coming out next year that I really like. The Linebacker group this year is OK, but no one really excites me. The guy I really like next year is Andrew Jackson out of Western Kentucky. I could be wrong because just as many guys fail in their last year as they do excel, but I think this kid is gonna be a stud.
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Warford as well as C Travis Frederick will have to lose about 30 pounds to be competitive in the NFL.