Posted April 10, 2014

Chicago Bears Mock Draft Tracker

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Chicago Bears 2014 NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh (Keith Srakocic/AP)

What will the Chicago Bears do in the 2014 NFL draft? Keep track of all the predictions made in our mock drafts leading up to Round 1 on May 8.

April 10, 2014  2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 14: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

We said: Defensive tackle and safety are needs that dovetail nicely with where the Bears fall in this draft, so Florida State’s Timmy Jernigan or Clinton-Dix make solid sense for Chicago. But Donald may be the prospect the Bears truly coveted, and with him gone, finding their long-term starter at the vaunted Chicago position of middle linebacker is a task that could rise to top priority. Mosley is an instinctive and athletic three-down defender who would upgrade the heart of the Bears defense.

April 1, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 14: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

We said: Few would be surprised if the Bears went with a great safety at this spot, given their obvious deficits there. But the cornerback position has also dealt with attrition, and though Charles Tillman re-signed with the team and Tim Jennings is still on board, Dennard would give the Bears the athleticism and ability they need, and possibly allow Tillman to move to safety, killing two birds with one stone. Dennard isn’t a burner, but he’s a good technician and will be a consistent player at the next level for years to come.

March 25, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 6.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 14: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

We said: With the Bears staying committed to their 4-3 scheme, the explosive Jernigan gets the nod over the beefier Louis Nix III here. Jernigan’s penetration from the tackle spot would pair well with Lamarr Houston and Willie Young at DE. That he projects well as a three-technique — where Henry Melton played for Chicago — will not hurt his cause either.

March 18, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 14: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

We said: The Bears said goodbye to Julius Peppers and acquired Lamarr Houston and Willie Young, but the interior of their defensive line still needs a hammer who can make the ballcarrier pay for toting the rock. Donald has been one of this year’s risers, and his stellar work at the Senior Bowl and the combine have buttressed what the tape shows. If the Bears don’t take him at No. 14, the Cowboys and ex-Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli will at No. 16.

March 5, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 14: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

We said: Chicago clearly has issues along its defensive line, and taking Nix would help a lot. Some think of him as more of a 3-4 hole-plugging nose tackle, but Nix has the agility and short-area speed to make plays as well. He would also allow Marc Trestman’s defensive staff to be more versatile and variable in their line concepts, not unlike Dontari Poe did for the Chiefs last season.

Feb. 26, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 14: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

We said: When the Bears held the 14th pick in the 2004 draft, they used it on 300-pounder Tommie Harris, who then went on to become an anchor up front on Chicago’s NFC championship team. This team needs that space-eater who can push the pocket inside again. Nix proclaimed himself 23 pounds lighter at the combine than his college playing weight: “Yeah man, my stomach doesn’t stick out as much. That’s kind of nice. I like that part. My thighs got a little smaller. I just feel sexier, man.”

He’s still a healthy 330 pounds — just the type of guy Chicago needs up front.

Round 2, pick 51: Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas

We said: The Bears’ young line adds another punishing blocker in Swanson, the No. 1 center.

Feb. 19, 2014  – 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 14: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

We said: The Bears’ safety position is a glaring need, and with Alabama’s top-rated Ha Ha Clinton-Dix still available, his selection at No. 14 would be understandable in every way. But Chicago’s interior defensive line needs help, too, and the Bears should have quality options to choose from there as well. The explosive Jernigan is a handful in the middle, and he was a penetrating, playmaking force for the 2013 national champion Seminoles. He has the power and speed to beat blockers, and the knack for reading running plays as they are developing. Other possibilities for the Bears defensive line include Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who was a Senior Bowl week standout, Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix III, and Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy.

Feb. 6, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 14: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

We said: Injuries marred Chicago’s defensive line in 2013, but projecting Donald here is more about the future than any short-term spackle. Pitt opponents tried just about everything to slow him down, and nothing worked. Because you won’t often see an interior lineman blast off and kill the gaps as he does, Donald would have the chance to become Chicago’s best interior defensive lineman since Tommie Harris’ glory days.

Jan. 9, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 14: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

We said: The Bears have some work to do in their secondary. At cornerback, Charles Tillman’s headed to free agency and, at some point in the next draft or two, they’ll need a fallback plan for Tim Jennings (currently 30 years old, with a new contract that allows Chicago to boot him easily after 2015.)

Safety’s a mess, too. Major Wright’s a pending free agent and Chris Conte is … well, not very good. Clinton-Dix is the top player at his position and fits a need.

Dec. 5, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.1 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 17: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

We said: This was a home-run swing in the earlier mock, with Zach Mettenberger penciled in here as a Jay Cutler replacement. There could be other QB options on the board still, including a couple of those intriguing guys mentioned earlier (Bortles and Hundley, for starters). But with Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings both potentially out as free agents, the Bears look for cornerback help instead.

Sept. 24, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Chris Burke) 

Round 1, pick 27: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

We said: “It looks illegal. It looks like it shouldn’t be on the field, but it is.” That’s how the 6-4, 254-pound Ebron described his speed to the News and Observer. The junior has 13 catches for 200 yards so far in 2013, and his ability to challenge defenses over the middle would make for a deadly combo alongside Martellus Bennett.

April 30, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 20: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

We said:  Barr, with 13.0 sacks off the edge last season, might be more suited for a 3-4 than Chicago’s 4-3. Or he’d be a Von Miller-type for the Bears here. Odds are, in the long run, that Barr might be off the board well before this next April. Also in consideration here: A.J. McCarron or Aaron Murray.

2 comments
Gioscianna
Gioscianna

Every expert and fan wants and assumes the Bears will draft either Aaron Donald or Timmy Jernigan but as Phil Emery has proven so far, his draft picks are always surprising and some what reaches. So in my opinion this is how the draft will go..

1st- Calvin Pryor -S

Even though many have Pryor as a mid 20 1st rounder, Emery has proven with his recent FA pick ups that he is looking for defensive players whom are solid tacklers with high motors. In Emery's attempt to put the mean back in the Chicago Bears defense, he gets his man in the hard hitting safety from Louisville.

2nd- Louchiez Purifoy -CB

Another reach at this point in the draft to many because of his some what lack of polished skills, Purifoy makes up for his faults with solid athleticism for his 6'0ft 190lb frame and was a constant playmaker in his time with the Florida Gators.

3rd- Anthony Johnson -DT

We finally grab a DT to help shore up the interior of our defensive line with yet another high motor player in the LSU product. Paired with his terrific first step and a solid 6'3 308lb body, Johnson should fit nicely in the 3 technique spot for the rebuilding defense.

4th- Tyler Larsen -C/G

Out of Utah State with 51 starts on the O-line Larsen is a barrel chested center that surprises many with his burst and quick feet. Solid run blocker with enough skill that allows him to be plugged in as a back up guard as well as center until Garza is ready to hang em up.

5th- Michael Sam -DE/OLB

A tweener by NFL standards, but versatile like Phil Emery praises. Michael Sam is a hard working hybrid type player. His college production in regards to tackles for loss and sacks prove he does have talent and should be capable of some production in the pros. Granted he doesn't deserve it, the media and the NFL fan base will follow Sam wherever he goes and scrutinize his every move, but if he blocks out the noise and commits to the team he can find success as a rotational DE and situational pass rusher from the OLB spot, but must prove his worth as a solid special teamer to stick around.

6th- Keith Wenning -QB

Out of Ball State Wenning made some noise in the shrine game some time ago. Not a flashy player and has no more than an average arm but with top notch accuracy and ball placements on his throws, Wenning is the man Trestman will groom to back up Cutler, but who knows, maybe the QB whisperer Trestman can do what he did with Josh McCown and develop Wenning into a solid option in case Cutler gets injured again or doesn't work out.

6th- Isaiah Crowell -RB

An explosive athlete with some durability and character concerns causes Crowell to fall. Very shifty with his feet and never shies away from lowering his pads and taking on a defender head on. Crowell is solid in pass protection which Emery covets in his RBs and if he can stay on the field and out of trouble he can make a run as the teams number 2 RB behind Forte.