In our latest national mock draft, we addressed a very realistic scenario. The Bears could trade out of the 14th pick in the first round and instead target a middle linebacker. In mock 3.0, we have the Bears trading with the Cincinnati Bengals and taking over their 24th pick. With the pick the Bears will draft Ohio St. middle linebacker Ryan Shazier.
What’s always been consistent with a good Bears defense is a solid middle linebacker. Eve with all the new moves on the defensive line, the team does not have a reliable option at the key spot. Veteran D.J. Williams will be the incumbent starter but he’s getting long in the tooth and hasn’t shown an ability to stay healthy.
Shazier is an athletic tackling machine who can come in and lock down the position for years to come. The Big 10 product would fit in perfectly in the NFC North and help the Bears rebound from a disastrous season that saw them put together a franchise worth effort on stopping the run.
With the trade, the Bears will likely get the Bengals’ second round pick. With two picks in the second round, they can lock down a defensive tackle and safety. It’s possible the Bears can come away with three defensive starters in the first two rounds.
If you are curious as to what other trades we have in the first round, take a look at mock draft 3.0 here. There are some interesting moves including a blockbuster trade at the top. Remember, the draft is only a little more than a week away. We will provide you with one more final mock before then.