Illinois defensive tackle Corey Liuget: Available at #29? Doubtful.
The Bears are in desperate for an impact 3-technique tackle who can anchor the front in their Tampa 2 system
“He’s as good as Gerald McCoy but for some reason he’s not getting the same exposure,” said the scout. “He’s not far off from where Tommie Harris was with the Bears when he was healthy. Liuget is maybe stronger. This player is for real.” Liuget’s stock has skyrocketed since he was given a third-round grade by the draft advisory board. He has a legit chance to be a top-15 pick.
Round 1, Pick 29: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado – With a rising prospect like Liuget off the board, I believe it’s likely we will see Smith continuing to drop, and if he’s there I select him. Best Player Available. Despite not addressing either side of the line with the first pick, this choice still fits a need in a very average secondary. One word to describe the defensive back from Colorado: playmaker. I don’t know how much longer Tim Jennings can start opposite of Charles Tillman. None of the offensive tackles at this spot are thrilling and worth using a first rounder. You can find linemen later in the draft, not another player of the caliber of Smith. He’s a borderline Top 15-talent. Bonafide athlete who will allow the Bears to bypass the line early on at 29. Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford aren’t going anywhere. Calvin Johnson and Greg Jennings are staying in the NFC North for two visits a season.
Round 2, Pick 62: Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami (Florida) – Hankerson is another player projected to slide later in the draft. Jay Cutler could use a tall, go-getter that can out-jump corners and pull down high passes. This member of the “U” is a downfield big-play threat with a solid combination of size and speed. It’s risky to skip both the offensive and defensive line in the first two rounds of the draft, but there’s some players you can not pass up. Smith and Hankerson help the Bears defend and produce more big plays.
Round 3, Pick 93: Drake Nevis, DT, LSU – UNC defensive tackle Marvin Austin is said to be the best fit for the team’s preferred style at tackle on the defensive front. If he’s first, then the fierce Tiger from Baton Rouge has to be second on the list. With high desires to upgrade the position you have to find someone to provide depth inside, and what better player than Drake from LSU? At end, you have the players needed. It’s never a bad idea to get a player in the best conference at a powerhouse school. Nevis is another slider with lots of promise and talent. Many experts say he’s an explosive, undersized rusher at tackle. Day by day, scouting report after scouting report, I’m liking him more and more if Austin is unavailable. From what I see, Nevis or Austin would be excellent selections in the 2nd or 3rd round if the DT position is not addressed at 29. I rather fix the defensive line over the offensive line here.
Round 4, Pick 127: Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State – Chester Taylor did not get the job done behind Matt Forte last season. Rodgers is the perfect compliment to Forte. Versatile, quick, shifty, and has a knack for coming up in the clutch. I am really enamored by Rodgers and his ability to thrive on 3rd down in the NFL. I wish Kendall Hunter of Oklahoma State could fall to the 4th.
Round 5, Pick 160: DeMarcus Love, OT/G, Arkansas – Finally, Mike Tice’s gang gets a new member. It’s obvious the club needs to get some more bodies on the line. Love could come in like Webb and play a key role right away.