The Bears predictably got their pass rusher in Shea McClellin in the first round on Thursday night. Finding help at the DE spot opposite Julius Peppers was a priority when the Bears missed out on Jeremy Mincey who remained with the Jaguars.
Day two of the draft offers a bit of intrigue for the Bears who hold the 50th overall selection in the round. The question is which position will come off the board quicker in this round? The answer I’ll try my best to figure out in this next bit.
Defensive tackle: The Bears need someone to come into the rotation and contribute right away for the departed Anthony Adams and Amobi Okoye. Intriguing options remain at the DT spot with Devon Still being the highest on my board. Still was a dominant force for the Penn State Nittany Lions and flashed both at the point of attack and in penetrating gaps. He seems like an ideal replacement for Anthony Adams as the one-technique and at 6-foot-5 303-pounds he is a big force in the middle of any 4-3 defense. He’s likely to be one of the first players off the board in round two however. This means the Bears could be in position to land some other DTs in Kendall Reyes of UConn another solid one-gap penetrating DT, Jerel Worthy of Michigan State, and Brandon Thompson of Clemson.
Wide receiver: Does the run on receivers start early in round two or does the availability of three pass rushers push those receivers back towards the Bears? Stephen Hill, Reuben Randall, and Mohammed Sanu are three receivers of intrigue that make a total of seven players the Bears could target at pick 50 that would immediately fit a need.
Tight End: Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen are arguably the only two TEs in this draft that could make an impact in the NFL. Fleener was rumored to be a round one pick but is now a day two pick that could come off early, but certainly Allen could be there for the Bears at 50. These two make the total nine players that are in between the Bears and their selection.
OL: Jonathan Martin, Bobbie Massie,Peter Konz, Mike Adams and Cordy Glenn two surprisingly fell out of the first round and three of them could be there for the Bears making before the Bears pick at 50. Bears could find that swing tackle/guard prospect waiting for them making 14 players
LB: Lavonte David and Zach Brown both fit the profile of a weak-side linebacker of the future for the Bears. Geno Hayes was only signed to a one year deal and if he doesn’t work out one of these two just might fit that profile. One is known for his athletic prowess the other is a tackling machine, making the total 16 players before the Bears draft.
Other best available players in round two that will push these positions of need towards the Bears DE Andre Branch, Vinny Curry and Courtney Upshaw could come off the board before 50, two almost would seem certain to.
Since the Bears draft at the 18th overall pick in round two you can see the list of players the Bears have to choose from fits needs quite well. The Bears will most definitely wind up with some of the players at a position of need at #50 and likely won’t have to trade up to grab that player.