Chicago Bears 2014 Mock Draft: Who Is the Ideal Pick in Every Round?
One thing for certain about the NFL draft is it never goes according to plan. Every team has their dream pick in each round but is usually forced to go a different route once the big day comes.
The only time the ideal situation happens is in a mock draft. This is the perfect scenario for the Bears for all seven of their picks this year.
1st Round: Missouri Defensive End Kony Ealy
The Bears need to completely revamp their defense. The probability of them drafting a player in the first round to fix the franchise's worst defense in team history is very high.
Our own Matt Miller has the Bears drafting linebacker C.J. Mosley out of Alabama. He would be a great addition, but the ideal situation is for Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy to fall to them.
Ealy is a relentless game-changing pass-rusher. The Bears can bring back veterans at linebacker and find a nose tackle later in the draft, but they can ill afford to pass on a talent like Ealy if he's on the board.
Drafting Ealy would allow the team to say goodbye to Julius Peppers, switch Shea McClellin to his more natural linebacker position and put a pure pass-rusher opposite Corey Wootton should they choose to bring him back.
2nd Round: Baylor Strong Safety Ahmad Dixon
The Bears haven't had a true playmaker at safety since the Mike Brown era. If all goes according to plan, they will be able to take another Bear off the board in the second round.
Ahmad Dixon might have gotten lost in all the hype on Baylor's offense, but he's a stud in the secondary. Dixon is a hard-hitting, sure tackler who is a lightening rod on defense.
Dixon will surely grab a couple head-hunting penalties in the NFL, but he will add some nastiness and patrol the line of scrimmage and middle of the field from the safety position better than anybody has in Chicago for quite some time.
3rd Round: Iowa Tight End C.J. Fiedorowicz
Marc Trestman is still an offensive coach who wants to put some points on the board and please his newly signed quarterback.
The Bears can benefit from adding another weapon on offense who can double as a blocker. Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz is a throwback to the old school guys who can block and are sure-handed in the middle of the field.
Adding C.J. Fiedorowicz to the fold allows the Bears to run more legitimate two-tight end sets and split Martellus Bennett out wide to create some real matchup issues for teams. Imagine these two tight ends with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery in the red zone.
4th Round: Florida Cornerback Jaylen Watkins
The Bears desperately need to get more athletic and versatile in the secondary and on special teams. Jaylen Watkins is an impact player in the middle rounds who can help the Bears in three different spots.
Watkins played corner for most of his time at Florida and did a very good job. He was moved to safety due to the departures of Matt Elam and Josh Evans. Watkins is a natural corner, but instincts and his willingness to hit somebody make him a decent safety and great option on special teams.
In a perfect world, Watkins plays a ton of special teams and fills in at corner or free safety when needed. He's a high-value pick in the fourth round.
5th Round: LSU Defensive Tackle Anthony Johnson
Here's the defensive tackle you have been waiting for. Our own Matt Miller likes the Bears to draft Anthony Johnson out of LSU, and it's hard to disagree with him.
Johnson had a down year last season after blowing it up his sophomore year for the Tigers. He's still an imposing figure inside who can plug the middle. Johnson immediately upgrades the run defense.
With some good coaching and hard work, Johnson can be a starter very soon in the NFL. He's very durable, has a ton of talent and comes from a conference that produces a ton of NFL talent.
6th Round (from Tampa Bay): Oklahoma Center Gabe Ikard
Time is running out on Roberto Garza's career. He's currently a free agent but might have enough in the tank for one more season with the Bears.
Either way, it's time to start looking for his replacement. Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard doesn't have much power but is about as quick off the ball as any guy in the draft.
Ikard is perfect between Matt Slauson and Kyle Long. He gets to the second level very quickly and would be an asset for Matt Forte's versatile style.
6th Round: Alabama State Running Back Isaiah Crowell
Matt Forte had a career year, but it's naive to think he can keep up that kind of workload consistently going forward.
Michael Bush just doesn't fit in this Bears offense, but Isaiah Crowell out of Alabama State does.
Crowell got himself in some legal trouble after his freshman season at Georgia. He was arrested for multiple felony weapon charges. He was dismissed from the program even though charges were eventually dropped.
Crowell is a former star recruit who is athletic, shifty and packs one heck of a first step. Had he stayed at Georgia he would probably have been a more prolific back drafted in an early round. He's worth the pick late in the draft.