NFL Draft: Experts Split on Bears Draft Prospects

Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports Hard-hitting and play-making safety Calvin Pryor of Louisville stands a good chance of being the newest Chicago Bear.

Kim Klement/USA Today Sports
Hard-hitting and play-making safety Calvin Pryor of Louisville stands a good chance of being the newest Chicago Bear.

Your friendly neighborhood WARR editor has an admission to make: he’s only given passing attention to this year’s NFL Draft.

For several reasons that’s been been the case (among them, we don’t need the draft in May…), but primarily the draft has seemed anti-climactic because the team we follow most closely around these parts, the Chicago Bears, really chose to make or break their off-season in free agency and in just about every way they took care of business.

Free Agency supplanted the draft in personal fascination for this one off-season, but it is still a treat to see the Bears working from a relative position of strength entering a draft in spite of them drafting in a non-playoff team’s spot (No. 14).

And in spite of his struggles in staffing the team’s defense, Bears general manager Phil Emery has expressed nothing but excitement heading into this weekend’s proceedings, starting with tonight’s first round selections in prime time.

Emery is a NFL development lifer, so his enthusiasm isn’t surprising, but he seems to be giving off the energy of a guy with some interesting plans in mind. He has a history of surprising picks, last year he went off the beaten path to select Kyle Long and came out looking good. Could he hit again on the other side of the roster?

As long as Emery does something to further the re-construction of the defense tonight, Bears fans should be straight, but you never know, thus is the true appeal of a night like this. Below, you can take a look at several reliable draft sources and their varied takes on what the Bears will do with their pick as stated in their latest mock drafts:

USA Today (Nate Davis)

Bears select: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

— Donald, maybe the most promising defensive tackle in this draft, has been tied to the Bears often in the lead-up, but as of late many see Donald not lasting past Minnesota’s pick at No. 8.

CBS Sports

Bears select: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama; Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville; Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama (twice); Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

— CBS’s cadre of five experts chose four players amongst them, the only one not heard much with the Bears being Alabama’s Mosley, but Tide teammate Clinton-Dix and Pryor are at this hour looking to be the most available and most tempting talents for Chicago at their position.

Mel Kiper via SB Nation

Bears select: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

— SB Nation’s Matt Verderame did the public a service by publishing the picks of the man who’s name is most synonymous with NFL draft prognostication. This has the feel of a reach, Fuller has been projected more in the lower half of the first round, but he’s a big corner who can play physical, maybe a worthy successor to Peanut Tillman.

Bleacher Report (Matt Miller)

Bears select: Kony Ealy, DE/DT, Missouri

— Miller steps out more than any other projector here, playing out a scenario where the Bears trade first round picks with the New York Jets (no mention of any lower round picks gained) and select this versatile lineman, who from afar has “project” stamped on him a little. Sounds awful familiar to Long.

Miller has the Jets selecting LSU receiver Odell Beckham Jr. at 14, by the way. (Peter King)

Bears select: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

— Here’s where things start to swing for the L’Ville product. Sports Illustrated’s trusted NFL source likes him but admits that he’d be a silver medal for Emery as opposed to Donald’s gold. King also brings up the possibility of a trade down. (Mike Mayock, Bucky Brooks)

Bears select: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

— Both league-authorized scribes have Pryor becoming a Monster of the Midway as well. Mayock says Pryor reminds him of Colts all-pro Bob Sanders, while Brooks (who has mapped out the first four rounds) says Pryor is the forceful presence the Bears need in their secondary.

Calvin Pryor File

Born: July 2, 1992 (age 21)

Height: 6′ 2″

Number: 25

Weight: 207 lbs

Position: Safety

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