Breaking Down a Bears Five-Round Mock Draft

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

One veteran NFC scout believes Illinois DT Corey Liuget will be drafted much higher than anyone expects, labeling him the second-best defensive tackle behind Marcel Dareus:

“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.

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