By Chris Emma–
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (CBS) — Chaos ensued in the first round of the NFL Draft. It surely has the Bears feeling excited in their draft room.
The shocking story of Laremy Tunsil saw the Ole Miss offensive tackle fall to the 13th pick and Miami, while UCLA linebacker Myles Jack’s medical concerns saw him go undrafted in the first round. There were plenty of trades, including the Bears trading up to the ninth slot to get Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, and even more surprises.
Bears general manager Ryan Pace got his guy in Floyd, whose athleticism impresses on film.
“We added a major pass rush threat to our defense,” Pace said.
The Bears have made major upgrades to their defense, notably linebacker by adding Floyd to Pernell McPhee and newcomers Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman. Chicago’s defense has seen solid improvements since Pace took office.
Huddled away in their Halas Hall draft room, Pace and his Bears brass saw some interesting circumstances create enticing possibilities for their second-round selection. So, who will Chicago take with the 41st pick of the draft?
Let’s look at some options:
1.) Myles Jack, LB (UCLA) — Originally projected as a top-five pick, Jack stunningly fell out of the first round due to concerns over his knee and the potential for microfracture surgery. Teams will have to be sure of Jack’s future, though it may be a worthwhile risk.
2.) A’Shawn Robinson, DT (Alabama) — Pace said that you can never have enough pass rushers. Adding Robinson to the fold would increase the versatility for Vic Fangio’s unit.
3.) Noah Spence, DE (Eastern Kentucky) — A first-round talent, Spence’s character has been questioned, specifically how he was banned from the Big Ten due to multiple failed drug tests. Still, Spence will be an interesting name for the second round.
4.) Kevin Dodd, DE (Clemson) — After exploding onto the scene with the Tigers, Dodd earned many first-round grades. He’ll be available early in the second round, surely set to garner plenty of intrigue.
5.) Hunter Henry, TE (Arkansas) — The Bears haven’t entirely shored up the tight end position, with Zach Miller needing a complement. Henry’s blocking abilities are in question, but he’s a terrific receiver.
6.) Mackensie Alexander, CB (Clemson) — Kyle Fuller and Tracy Porter are currently slotted in as the Bears’ cornerback, but neither can be considered a sure thing. Adding Alexander to the mix would be greatly beneficial.
7.) Jarran Reed, DT (Alabama) — It seemed that Reed would land somewhere in the first round. Many teams will be interested in seeing if he’s still available.
8.) Jason Spriggs, OT (Indiana) — The Bears passed on Tunsil when he shockingly fell to their placement in the first round. They could solidify the offensive line in the second round by drafting Spriggs.
9.) Chris Jones, DE (Mississippi State) — The Bears have done thorough research on what Jones can bring to their defense. This is one name to watch when Chicago is on the clock.
10.) Derrick Henry, RB (Alabama) — The Heisman Trophy winner could bolster the Bears’ running back depth and create that stable of versatility that coach John Fox desires.