Analysts predict who Bears will draft

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  1. The Benjamin

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    Your ONE STOP PLACE for the Bears pick at 14



    Posted 7 minutes ago

    By Larry Mayer

    With several NFL analysts having recently updated their mock drafts, here's what 10 of them think the Bears will do with the 14th pick in the first round:

    Brian Baldinger, NFL.com (updated April 24)
    Pick: Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald
    Analysis: "The Bears were last against the run in 2013 and tied for last in sacks. Donald helps in both areas."

    Don Banks, Sports Illustrated (updated April 22)
    Pick: Louisville safety Calvin Pryor
    Analysis: "The Bears are going to get help for their aging defense in the first round and there are some very good options at positions of need even if Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald doesn't make it to No. 14. Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert, Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley or Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan all would be solid additions for the Bears, but the void at free safety is the most pressing piece of business in Chicago, and Pryor fills the bill nicely. At the moment, the Bears would have to rely on fourth-year safety
    Chris Conte, who is rehabbing from shoulder surgery. Pryor is known for his hard-hitting style of play, and both he and fellow first-round safety prospect Clinton-Dix are seeing their stock rise as the draft nears."

    Will Brinson, CBS Sports (updated April 25)
    Pick: Minnesota defensive tackle Ra'shede Hageman
    Analysis: "Big, strong, athletic and violent at times when pursuing the ball, Hageman can plug in the middle of the Bears line, which has a major void at this point."

    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com (updated April 15)
    Pick: Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald
    Analysis: "Donald is an ideal 3-tech in the Bears' Tampa 2 scheme due to his speed, athleticism and quickness."

    Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com (updated April 28)
    Pick: Louisville safety Calvin Pryor
    Analysis: "The Bears addressed the defensive line in free agency and if Aaron Donald is gone, Chicago will mostly likely look to upgrade the secondary. Cornerback is a possibility, but Pryor gives the Bears a quick fix at strong safety."

    Charles Davis, NFL.com (updated April 21)
    Pick: Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
    Analysis: "Bears seeking patrolling free safety to combat passing attacks of Green Bay and Detroit. Clinton-Dix fits the bill."

    Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN (updated April 29)
    Pick: Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert
    Analysis: "Maybe the Bears won't get their first choice among some pretty big need options, but in Gilbert, they certainly check off one. I like Donald here if he's around, and I also think the Bears can't go wrong if they add a safety, as that's been a problem position going back beyond 2013. They have to add a corner, maybe two, and Gilbert gives them a special athlete who could learn the finer points of physical football from the position by practicing with Charles Tillman. Gilbert is also a weapon in the return game, which is worth noting now that Devin Hester is no longer around."

    Pat Kirwan, CBS Sports (updated April 25)
    Pick: Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard
    Analysis: "The top two safeties are gone but a top corner in Dennard is still on the board. Charles Tillman isn't getting any younger."

    Todd McShay, ESPN (updated April 29)
    Pick: Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald
    Analysis: "Donald could be off the board by the time Chicago picks at No. 14, but in this scenario, he's an easy choice. He'd be a perfect fit as a 3-technique defensive tackle in the Bears' Tampa 2 scheme due to his ability to disrupt opponents' backfields with his snap anticipation, first-step quickness and ability to finish off plays. Chicago can address its needs in the secondary on Day 2."

    Rob Rang, CBS Sports (updated April 28)
    Pick: Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley
    Analysis: "Given the additions of defensive linemen Lamarr Houston, Jared Allen and Willie Young via agency, the Bears are likely to focus on the back seven in the draft. Possessing rare read and react skills and fluidity, Mosley is capable of starring at virtually any of the three linebacker roles in Chicago's 4-3 alignment."
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    Pretty much what we have identified. Donald, Dix, and Pryor are the front runners. CB or trade down would be best guess if the top 3 are all gone.
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    I've said this b4 and I'll say it again . Everything should be geared towards making life difficult for Aaron Rodgers . Sacks aren't the way to do it cuz he gets rid of the ball too quickly . Adding a corner or a safety would be my choice . Anything that helps keeping them out of the end zone . Rather see field goals than TD's .
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    My predict is Hageman. Why? Because Emery.
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    They all would make our defense better. I'm on board with all of them.

    Wanna bet Emery drafts someone else after all? :lol 027:
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    We have 5000 DE's and 5000 LBer's.

    What positions should we draft to make the defense better ?
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    Whichever one we can most improve the team with
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    LB. I only really rate Biggs. DJ Williams I'm not sold on. But he's old anyway.

    Sometime in the next couple of seasons we will need 3 new LBs. Unless you have faith in McLellin, Greene and Bostic we will need another one (like at MLB) anyway.

    It's not as pressing a need as DT, CB and Safety but if the Safety is only a second round player and the LB is a stud future champion then you take the LB.
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    Yep, what we all have identified. I think this year if there is a surprise pick, we have identified him and his name is Hageman. Then again, can anyone really predict what Emery will do.
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    I already did. Long snapper in the 1st. No one will ever see it coming.
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    Amen! If the Bears take any of these guys we should be fine
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    If after a certain round in the draft and theres nothing there ...

    when do we start swapping for future draft picks?

    Do we just keep on drafting because we have the picks this year or think ahead?
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    Anyways what the other side is thinking ...


    GREEN BAY—Draft analyst Tony Pauline says the Packers are in a perfect spot at pick No. 21 to select the best available player.
    “If I’m the Packers I grab the best available player with that pick because where they’re drafting the best available player should fit their need,” Pauline told packers.com.

    Pauline said he has recently updated his value board, moving safeties Calvin Pryor and “Ha Ha” Clinton-Dix so they sandwich the Packers’ pick. Pauline ranks Pryor as the 20th-best player in the draft and Clinton-Dix as the No. 24 overall prospect. Defensive tackle Louis Nix is at No. 21 and linebacker Ryan Shazier is at No. 22 on Pauline’s board.

    “I’ve moved things around slightly. Several guys have moved down,” Pauline said in explaining his decision to move the two safeties up his board. Early in the evaluation period, Pauline didn’t include a safety among the top 32 picks of the draft. He’s also moved Shazier up the board in recent updates.

    Who has Pauline moved down? “Teddy Bridgewater, Timmy Jernigan, Bradley Roby, RaShede Hageman,” he said.
    “I’m hearing there are medical red flags on C.J. Mosley. It’s the M.O. of Alabama players,” Pauline added. He continues to rank Mosley high, No. 15 overall.

    “Mike Evans is flying up draft boards. A lot of teams didn’t see a big separation between Evans and Sammy Watkins. I’m hearing he could go before Watkins. If he doesn’t go to the Browns at four, the Raiders could take him,” Pauline said of a player who could have a major impact on how the early picks fall.

    The most important strategic pick of the draft?

    “Right now, it’s Houston. They’d be apt to make a trade down and take (quarterback) Blake Bortles later on,” Pauline said, referring to a possible trade by the Falcons into the top spot to select defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. The asking price will likely decide that issue.

    “I don’t know that Clowney takes that team over the top,” Pauline said.

    “There are a lot of people who think there are 42 first-round talents in this draft.

    I think there are only 20-21 first-round players, but I believe there are 45-50 players that have second-round grades. People keep talking about how deep the draft is. That’s why it’s so deep,” Pauline added.

    Where is it deepest?

    “It’s great at receiver. You don’t have any Calvin Johnsons but you have tremendous depth. You’re going to get receivers on the last day of the draft that can help as rookies,” Pauline said.

    Tight end?

    “The second round might be (the Packers’) area, and there are some projects later in the draft. A.C. Leonard, 6-2, 252, ran a 4.53 at the combine. He looks and plays like a possession receiver in a tight end body. He’s a talent. Richard Rodgers is another guy.”

    Developmental quarterback?

    “Logan Thomas, Jeff Matthews (6-4, 223) of Cornell has a big-time arm. Tajh Boyd has tremendous physical skills but he needs work from the ground up. I hear Rex Ryan loves him,” Pauline added.

    The pre-draft hype continues as the countdown begins toward the May 8 kickoff to the three-day event.

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