By Joe Ostrowski-
(CBS) You made it. Those extra two weeks waiting for the NFL Draft felt like two months. The NFL made a mistake, but all will be forgotten once Roger Goodell gives Jadeveon Clowney the double back tap bro hug tonight.
If you’re as sick as I am, you’ve been looking at 2014 mock drafts for the last 376 days. What can you say? It does combine the two of our most popular interests in this country.
As for the Bears, general manager Phil Emery plans on using these three days to fix the defense, though he wants young impact players on both sides of the ball. On defense, he has the young part down. It’s a little early to judge heading into Emery’s third draft with Chicago, but none of the seven defensive players he’s drafted so far has made an impact.
So why again do we care about mock drafts?
1. They’re fun. You’re allowed to have fun when discussing sports.
2. Former Colts general manager Bill Polian told Sports Illustrated that his organization paid close attention to the mock drafters when he was running the draft room in Indianpolis. Polian said, “We found that through the first 20 picks, they were 86 to 89 percent accurate in terms of which players would go that high.”
Sounds like reason enough for me.
Mock drafters come from all walks of life. They are former scouts, GMs, players. Some cover the NFL. Others break down college football. The NFL Draft is the Super Bowl for a few. Maybe you know one of those draft nerds that has been writing down every pick since he was a child.
With the Bears’ needs on defense and having their highest pick since 2008, you would expect there to be a consensus on who Chicago will draft tonight. Nope.
I went through 50 mock drafts. Don’t start. I’m aware of my issues. Someone was going to die if I saw the numbers 3.0 or 4.0 again.
The mockers have 14 different players slotted to the Bears at No. 14. Despite it supposedly being The Emery Six, people.
For the breakdown, 46 percent say the Bears go safety, of which 32 percent are predicting Calvin Pryor. Emery is a tough read. If we have learned one thing, it’s to follow the versatility.
Here’s a look at what everyone’s predicting in the 50 mock drafts I went through.
Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Adam Hoge – 670thescore.com
Dan Durkin – 670thescore.com
Brad Biggs – Chicago Tribune
Hub Arkush – ChicagoFootball.com
Mike Mayock – NFL Network
Peter King – The MMQB
Dane Brugler – cbssports.com
Patrick Finley – Chicago Sun-Times
Bucky Brooks – nfl.com
Don Banks – Sports Illustrated
John Mullin – CSN Chicago
Chris Boden – CSN Chicago
Kip Lewis – CSN Chicago
Josh Norris – Rotoworld
Evan Silva – Rotoworld
Shaun King – Rotoworld
Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Daniel Jeremiah – NFL Network
Charley Casserly – NFL Network
Charles Davis – NFL Network
Brian Baldinger – NFL Network
Adam Jahns – Chicago Sun-Times
Matt Miller – Bleacher Report
Bryan Fischer – nfl.com
Joel Klatt – Fox Sports
Scott Wright – Draft Countdown
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
Todd McShay – ESPN
Jim Miller – CSN Chicago
Pete Prisco – cbssports.com
Pat Kirwan – cbssports.com
Eric Galko – Optimum Scouting
Charlie Campbell – walterfootball.com
C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
Dan Pompei – Sports On Earth
Rob Rang – cbssports.com
Peter Schrager – Fox Sports
Ryan Lownes – Draft Breakdown
Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St.
Greg Gabriel – National Football Post
Doug Farrar – Yahoo! Sports
Lance Zierlein – The Sideline View
Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St.
Mel Kiper – ESPN
Chris Burke – Sports Illustrated
Jen Lada – CSN Chicago
Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Eric Edholm – Yahoo! Sports
Walter Cherepinsky – walterfootball.com
Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
Anwar Richardson – Yahoo! Sports
Deone Bucannon, S, Washington St.
Matt Smith – NFL Network
Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida St.
Will Brinson – cbssports.com
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Bryan Perez – First Round Grade
Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Ryan Riddle – Bleacher Report
Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
Dan Shonka – Ourlads
Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Mike Florio – Pro Football Talk
Joe Ostrowski is a host and executive producer for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @JoeO670.