Thursday, March 6, 2014
McShay Mock 3.0: Bears
By Matt Williamson
Todd McShay's third NFL mock draft for 2014 is out on ESPN Insider today. The Bears are mostly set on the offensive side of the ball. This is going to be an extremely defensive-heavy offseason for Chicago in an attempt to restore a once-proud defense that was among the worst in the league in 2013.
Every defensive position group needs major work right now but a defensive tackle upgrade would be a very welcome addition. If the Bears re-sign Henry Melton, another 3-technique, such as Pitt's Aaron Donald, might be off the table because he is a very similar style of defensive tackle. Julius Peppers is very likely going to be released, but there isn't really a defensive end option for Chicago at No. 14, even though that too is a huge area of concern.
A dynamic young linebacker also would be enticing, keeping the Bears' great run of linebackers going strong. Chicago's secondary is in far-from-ideal shape right now as well and they might have had the worst safety play in the league in 2013. Defense. Defense. Defense.
Whom does McShay have the Bears drafting at No. 14? Let's take a look:
14. Chicago Bears: DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
Donald is a perfect fit for the Bears' scheme as a 3-technique defensive tackle. I don't know if there's been a prospect who has helped his stock more during the draft process than him; he was unblockable at the Senior Bowl and then put together an unbelievable overall workout at the combine. He's shorter than prototypical size, but he has long arms, a powerful upper body and creates a lot of big plays with his anticipation and quickness. FSU's Timmy Jernigan is a fit as a 3-technique as well, but Donald is a much better finisher as a pass-rusher.