This is the first round of a mock draft that will focus solely on the Chicago Bears. I will continue to add picks round by round in separate blog entries. I came across an article on the internet that had a possible trade of draft picks that would include the Bears and it was very interesting. I figured I would do a normal Bears mock first and then I will approach the trade topic after that so stay tuned. Also, questions and comments are appreciated so dont hesitate to send one my way. Anyway, on to the draft. With the 14th pick of the first round the Chicago Bears select (hopefully).....
Round 1 Pick 14-Chris Williams|OT|Vanderbilt
Bears' View: The Bears have holes just about everywhere on the offensive side of the ball, including the skill positions. It is my firm belief that a succesful offense begins and ends with a solid offensive line. While it may be more exciting to see the Bears draft a flashy and explosive player such as Illinois' RB Rashard Mendenhall, no amount of talent in the world will help you if the blocking isn't there. The release of underachieving Fred Miller coupled with the steady aging of 33 year old John Tait leaves the Bears in desperate need of a good young tackle. With Jake Long long gone (no pun intended), and Ryan Clady likely to get snapped up by either Kansas City or Denver, that leaves Williams and Jeff Otah as the top options left on the board. Otah may turn out to be a more dominant player, but in the end Williams gets the nod because he is a safe, solid choice who can step in and play right away.
Pros & Cons: Williams is a player who could be a fixture at left tackle for a decade. Stellar in pass protection (only 2 sacks allowed in two full years starting), but needs improvement in the run game. He has the quick feet, good balance, and solid athletic ability to handle speedy edge rushers. Very smart player. Could show more fire and passion.
Bottom Line: A solid if not spectacular first pick for the Bears that should go a long way toward shoring up the offensive line and improving the passing game.