The Chicago Bears are an extremely tough team to forecast for as we approach the 2017 NFL draft. I could easily see the Bears selecting Jonathan Allen (Alabama) but with the news that he has been flagged for arthritis in both shoulders, they could elect to pass. This leads me to believe that they could select Jamal Adams (LSU) but the positional value doesn’t match up with the money that will be issued with the number three draft selection. If the Bears select Adams at pick number 3, Adams will become the highest paid Safety on a year to year basis when we are talking about guaranteed money. If Solomon Thomas doesn’t make it to pick three, I think the best option will be to select Marshon Lattimore of Ohio State. Prince Amukumara was signed to only a one year deal and Kyle Fuller has never really lived up to the first round hype. Lattimore would provide an immediate impact and fill a hole in that defense for what you’d hope to be at least five years.
Mike Glennon is no long term solution and is merely a stop-gap quarterback but you still need to put Glennon in the best position to win. That’s why in round two I selected an offensive tackle who can is a plug and play at both tackle positions. Ramczyk is an ideal second round pick for the Bears and I think he makes it to pick number 36.
After a rough 2016 season, I don’t think the Bears roster is nearly as bad as people make it out to be. They have some solid young pieces on the defensive side of the ball including; Jonathan Bullard, Leonard Floyd, Nick Kwiatkoski, Eddie Goldman, among others. If the Bears can get a healthy year out of Kevin White and continue to build that offensive line, the Bears could really be a competitive football team in the 2017 season.
Round One (3): Marshon Lattimore CB, Ohio State
- Based on the positional value and guaranteed money, I don’t see the Bears selecting a safety in the top three. I think Marshon Lattimore is the perfect fit and can be their CB1 from day one. Lattimore is the total package, he has the length, athleticism and ball skills you look for in a NFL cornerback.
Round Two (36): Ryan Ramcyzk OT, Wisconsin
- This would be the best case scenario for the Chicago bears at pick number 36. Ryan Ramcyzk has all the tools to start at either tackle position but injury history and off-field questions could cause Ramcyzk to slip. If Ramcyzk happens to fall to pick number 36, the value would be to hard to pass up.
Round Three (67): Brad Kaaya QB, Miami
- Signing Mike Glennon doesn’t take the Bears out of the QB market. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if they decided to select a QB even earlier. I believe that Kaaya would be in the first round discussion if it wasn’t for how bad the Miami offensive line played in 2016. The Bears already have an interior offensive line in place and that’s exactly what Kaaya needs in order to be successful.
Round Four (100): John Johnson S, Boston College
- The Bears need another starting safety along side free agent signee, Quintin Demps. Demps isn’t going to get any younger and Amos was unable to build off of a strong rookie season. John Johnson has experience at cornerback but looked really natural while playing safety this year for the Golden Eagles. Johnson has the range and instincts to really hold down the back end. The cornerback versatility will allow Johnson to make an impact no matter who wins the free safety starting position.
Round Four (110): Chad Hansen WR, California
- Chicago needs more competition at wide receiver after losing their number one wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey to free agency. Hansen spent most of his time lining up on one side of the field for the Golden Bears but I think he can really move around at the next level. He has the long speed to really stretch the field vertically but also possesses the short area quickness to become a threat in the short to intermediate passing game. Hansen also attacks the football at its highest point with excellent body control, making him a reliable target in the red zone. Hansen, Kevin White, Cameron Meredith, Markus Wheaton and Kendall Wright could be a solid core of wide receivers for Mike Glennon.
Round Five (147): Jermaine Eluemunor OT/OG, Texas A&M
- I’m grabbing more offensive tackle help for the Bears here in round five. Jermaine Eluemunor is originally from London and doesn’t have a whole lot of experience playing football. However, he’s big, strong, athletic and has a wrestling background that really shows up in his tape. Eluemunor understands how to win with leverage thanks to his wrestling background. Although Eluemunor is extremely raw, I think he has all the traits that will help him eventually develop into a starting right tackle at the next level.
Round Seven (192): Isaac Rochell DT, Notre Dame
- The Bears could be looking to add to the depth of their defensive line. Rochell won’t offer them much as a pass rusher but I think he has the chance to develop into a really solid two gapping run stuffer. Rochell’s run stuffing ability should allow him to stick on a NFL roster.