G.W. Gras

Senior Writer for The Bears Brawl and Lead Host of The Bears Brawl Podcast.

First time around, I decided to go corner and line backer.  But after realizing that that particular corner would most definitely be gone by the third round and that the linebacker who was written about might most likely be there in the seventh round or undrafted – things became apparent as to where adjustments needed to be made.  With that being said, here is my Mock Draft 2.0 for our Chicago Bears:

 

Third Round :David Montgomery, Running Back, Iowa State:

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The Bears’ signing of Mike Davis, went under the radar and understandably so. The truth is, it was a great signing at a great value, but is Mike Davis going to be the “stud” back the Bears are looking for? Most likely not. What’s also not likely is seeing Pro Bowler and fan favorite Tarik Cohen running the ball 20-25 times a game. Enter David Montgomery.

Montgomery brings a skill set that is needed and will be utilized by this Matt Nagy offense. Montgomery has an ability to break, but more importantly avoid tackles and always pushes for the extra yard with the ball in his hands. He didn’t have much of an offensive line to talk about at Iowa State, so his 1200 yards last season is an impressive feat. Montgomery was lined up as a receiver at times at Iowa State, and his fluid route running (albeit mostly his routes were short) were crisp, and he was able to navigate into a defensive zone and find a soft spot. He would be a third round draft pick that would turn around immediate results on the field and in this offense has the potential to be just as or even more deadly than Cohen.

Fourth Round: Christian Miller, OLB, ALabama

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Miller is the type of outside linebacker who made the most of his rotational turns within the Alabama defense. He comes off the edge with an impressive jump whether standing or his hands in the grass. He doesn’t wait for the blocker to get to him, but instead goes at them first to knock them off their foundation. Aside from his ability to attack into the backfield, he actually has impressive side to side movement and is able to close in on runners against the sidelines as well.

Fifth Round: Mike Edwards, Safety, Kentucky

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Probably my favorite player in the draft. The “knock” on Edwards is his size (5’10”, 201) but he’s a player who Kentucky defensive coordinator Matt House, placed not only at the safety spot, but also at nickel-corner and even at times as an edge rusher in special packages. Although Edwards’ days as an “edge” rusher will be gone once he steps into the NFL, he no-doubt, has the ability to blitz from the secondary. He’s a sure-tackler as well, racking up 82 tackles last season and 97 tackles in 2017. Considering his versatility in the secondary, he’d be a prime pick in the fifth round, who could easily transition to a nickel-corner in the NFL.

Seventh Round: Saquan Hampton, Safety, Rutgers

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Here is another safety, much like Edwards, who can line up in the nickel and offer a defensive coordinator some versatility. He has no fear as a tackler in run support and has decent recovery speed, which he had to use due to a lack of defensive talent around him. He’s the kind of player who will lose traction in the draft because of where he played his college ball but if he was on a better program he might have been a top ten safety with his skill set.

Seventh Round: Lanard Bonner, Guard, Arkansas State

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I’m never one who wants to get a guard from the likes of Arkansas State but Bonner played well against the defensive line of Alabama and had an above average showing at the East-West Shrine game.  He played a lot of left tackle at Arkansas State, but it would be some time or divine misfortune before he’d see that kind of action in  the NFL. It’s a position to keep in mind, considering Kyle Long’s extensive injury history.

G.W. Gras