Mock Draft Round 2: If Only the Bears Needed Offense…

…but if ifs and buts were candy and nuts wouldn’t it be a Merry Christmas.

As previously mentioned, I’m participating in a mock draft with 32 other knowledgable fans.  In the first round I took a very talented but less than ideal inside linebacker and middle linebacker of the future C. J. Mosley.  I was hoping to do better in round 2.

Here’s how the first 2 rounds shaped up before the Bears second round pick:


Houston Texans Jadeveon Clowney, OLB/DE, South Carolina
St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins) Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Jacksonville Jaguars Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
Cleveland Browns Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Oakland Raiders Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Atlanta Falcons Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Minnesota Vikings Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Buffalo Bills Eric Ebron, TE, UNC
Detroit Lions Anthony Barr, DE/OLB, UCLA
***TRADE*** St. Louis Rams (from Tennessee Titans) Hasean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
New York Giants Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
***TRADE*** Tennessee Titans (from St. Louis Rams) Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Chicago Bears C. J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
Pittsburgh Steelers Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
***TRADE*** Arizona Cardinals (from Dallas Cowboys) Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Baltimore Ravens Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
New York Jets Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
Miami Dolphins Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
***TRADE*** Dallas Cowboys (from Arizona Cardinals) Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
Green Bay Packers Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
Philadelphia Eagles Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
***TRADE*** Cleveland Browns (from Kansas City Chiefs) Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Cincinnati Bengals Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
San Diego Chargers Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame
Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis Colts) Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
***TRADE*** Kansas City Chiefs (from New Orleans Saints) Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
Carolina Panthers Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
New England Patriots Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn
San Francisco 49ers Kyle Fuller, CB Virginia Tech
Denver Broncos Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Seattle Seahawks Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State


Houston Texans Derek Carr, QB, Fresno St.
Washington Redskins Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford
***TRADE*** New Orleans Saints (from KC via Cleveland) Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
Oakland Raiders Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
Atlanta Falcons Jeremiah Attaochu, DE, Georgia Tech
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Jacksonville Jaguars Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA
Minnesota Vikings Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois
Buffalo Bills Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada
Tennessee Titans Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
New York Giants David Yankey, OG, Stanford
St. Louis Rams Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
Detroit Lions Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
Pittsburgh Steelers Allen Robinson, WR, Penn Stete
Dallas Cowboys Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
Baltimore Ravens Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
New York Jets Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
Miami Dolphins Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State

Top players left on my board were:

Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
Corey Latimer, WR, Indiana
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT , Alabama
Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
Stan Jean-Baptiste, CB , Nebraska

Taking any of the first three was never a serious consideration.  I only include them in the list because it demonstrates something I noticed through out this entire process.  The offensive talent is unbelievable in this draft.  I could have had my pick of any one of multiple players at any point from the first round on that would help a lot of teams.

Unfortunately the Bears need help on defense and that is, of course, where I went with this pick.  At this point the Bears still needed a safety and a defensive tackle badly.  Not taking one of those here would mean that it would be unlikely that I’d come away with a starter at either or both of those positions and the draft would have been an abject failure.  Furthermore, if I passed on Bucannon, I wasn’t going to see another safety that looked like he was even close to a starter. In my opinion it was basically Bucannon or nobody and I “ran to the podium” to take him.  He was a good value here.

Having said that, he, also, is not ideal.  I had recently acquired safety Ryan Mundy penciled in as the starter at strong safety before this but he’d almost certainly move to free safety, a position which he’s played extensively in the past, with this pick. Bucannon would start with a floor as a good strong safety but the hope is that many of the scouts are wrong and that he can be as interchangeable as Mundy is. As I understand it from Bears general manager Phil Emery, versatility is the name of the game in the new Bears defense. This guy won’t be a bust but he’s only going to fit in with that philosophy if he shows he can cover receivers. Time will tell.

It’s a shame I couldn’t take an offensive player this high. I could think about it next round but defensive tackle is still a serious need.  And suicides are supposed to be more common at Christmas anyway.

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