SI’s on-going predictions for the Bears’ first round pick has evolved since last spring, changing steadily but staying mostly on the defensive side. It currently has the team selecting a near-by player the team should know well — defensive tackle Louis Nix III from Notre Dame.
Comparing a pick of Nix at No. 14 to a past successful selection at that spot (Tommie Harris, 2004), writer Chris Burke rightfully posits that the Bears need “that space-eater who can push the pocket inside again.” (Read SI’s latest compete mock draft here)
Nix, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., is indeed on the hefty side, good evidence is his proclaiming that he feels “sexier” this week at the NFL Combine after losing 23 pounds during draft training. Dude still is 331 pounds.
This guy is a character indeed — the self-proclaimed “Irish Chocolate” should fit well in a locker room with the “Black Unicorn” Martellus Bennett — but he was also the anchor for an always competitive (except for that one time against the Tide) ND defense during each of his three years on the field, averaging over 40 tackles each season in South Bend including over four for loss each season.
Nix also has had problems with his knee dating back to last fall, a meniscus surgery ended his 2013 season prematurely. In spite of all that, he is still being slotted as a mid-first rounder and given the Bears’ absolute need for impact play in the middle of its defensive line, Nix looks to be a player the Bears will target in the draft’s opening round.
Expect a lot more on the NFL Draft in the weeks to come on Regal Radio, including more breakdowns on potential Bears’ picks and other developments with the most talented prospects. The 2014 NFL Draft begins the evening of May 8.
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