Predicting Each Chicago Bears 2015 Draft Pick
It's the start of the John Fox era in Chicago and the window for immediate playoff contention appears small with Bears with fans growing tired of Jay Cutler's inconsistency and Matt Forte nearing his 30th birthday. The emergence of Alshon Jeffery as one of the leagues best pass catchers should abate a lot of concerns as Brandon Marshall takes his talents to New York and the influx of young linebacker talent is a nice start for a defense that hopes to return to dominance after finishing 30th in the NFL in total yards allowed. Pernell McPhee and Mason Foster are the big names to join Jon Bostic in attempts to revitalize the middle of the defense while Kyle Fuller hopes to add to his outstanding rookie season after establishing himself as one of the best young pass defenders. Adding a wide receiver and strengthening the defensive line will be the priority going into the draft.
Round 1, Landon Collins, S, Alabama
After suffering through the catch-tackling tendencies of Craig Steltz and Chris Conte for the last few years, look for the Bears to dismiss all quarterback rumors by selecting the best safety in the draft. Collins is a physical tackler with exceptional acceleration who displays patience in pursuit. The team will benefit from the presence of Antrel Rolle who was recently signed but could immediately plug Collins in at the strong safety position bolstering a growing secondary.
Round 2, Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn
While Eddie Royal provides a bit of reinforcement after Marshall's exit, surrounding Cutler with capable receivers will be crucial. Coates is a good route runner for his age with playmaking abilities and the length to play on the outside opposite Jeffery.
Round 3, Xavier Cooper, DE/DT, Washington State
The rebuilding of the soft Chicago run defense is almost complete resulting in a potentially formidable front after allowing runningbacks to have their way last season. Jared Allen will return to a line that now will include Ray McDonald, Lamarr Houston, and second year defensive tackle Ego Ferguson. Cooper would add a versatile big body who can play inside and out with good block separation and quarterback pursuit. A former basketball player and tight end, Cooper has active feet and hands and could become a rotational starter with added lower body bulk.
Round 4, Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State
Look for Jay Cutler to once again lead the Bears' offense but don't be surprised if the team takes a quarterback to develop. Grayson provides only average arm strength but exceptional touch and won't cost a high round pick. Drop back and decision making skills could use a few years of NFL tutelage but Grayson's athleticism and poise project him at the very least to be a low risk backup with a very high ceiling.
Round 5, Reese Dismukes, C, Auburn
The Bears released Roberto Garza, 36, and signed Will Montgomery, 33, to a one year deal. Adding a young center would be a big step for the team especially one with leadership skills and seal techniques in the run game. Dismukes moves well for a big man especially in the second level against linebackers. His lack of length raises a few concerns but footwork and body angle should help him become a productive blocker early in his career.
Round 6, Justin Coleman, CB, Tennessee
With veteran corner Charles Tillman not expected to return to Chicago, securing a defensive back opposite Kyle Fuller will be paramount for the Bears. Coleman was productive as a four year starter with an aggressive man to man style. Coleman is able to disrupt receivers with tackle timing and ball skills and could contribute immediately in nickel formations and in sub packages.