The NFL owners meetings were not directly draft-related but some actions and statements during the sessions, along with signings and pro days elsewhere, have had draft implications.
During those meetings, GM Ryan Pace said that Akiem Hicks was “the start” of adding defensive linemen. While coach John Fox was clearly pleased with the rehab work of Ego Ferguson coming back from knee surgery, Ferguson projects as only one piece of the base 3-4 rotation.
Former Bears quarterback and CSN Chicago analyst Jim Miller posits the Bears grabbing Alabama defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson to this point. Despite more than a dozen other players being mock-draft’ed to the Bears at No. 11, CSNChicago.com’s is staying on that same tack with the draft now four weeks distant.
The overall here actually has gotten borderline-comical. SBNation’s informal survey of mocks detailed the Bears taking, in no particular order, Ezekiel Elliott, Jack Conklin, Ronnie Stanley, DeForest Buckner, Shaq Lawson, Noah Spence, Sheldon Rankins, Robinson, Darron Lee, Reggie Ragland, Leonard Floyd, Vernon Hargreaves, Jarran Reed and 19.5 percent “other.”
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If you weren’t keeping count, that would be more possibilities than there are picks through the Bears at No. 11.
Every NFL team has its draft board, ranking the upcoming candidates for the year’s selection process that begins Thursday, Apr. 28. Those grades can fluctuate based on private workouts, pro days, uncovered information and any number of factors that emerge on a weekly, sometimes daily basis.
Accordingly, CSNChicago.com will publish its timely, up-do-the-latest “Mini-Mock” draft every Thursday, culminating to Day 1 of the 2016 NFL Draft. “Mini-Mock” will target the Top 15 picks of the draft, the range in which the Bears reside (No. 11). “Mini-Mock” also will incorporate all the latest mock-draft predictions for the Bears’ pick, news, reports, information from pro days and workouts, and relevant available data, as well as specific updates on selected other significant draft prospects.
Moon's Mini-Mock NFL Draft
1. Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil, T, Mississippi
Comment: Tunsil not running “40’s” due to hamstring and has some injury history. But did “explosive” 34 reps of 225 lbs. Besides showing nimble feet in drills. Also, Titans sent massive presence to Florida State Pro Day for defensive back Jalen Ramsey.
2. Cleveland Browns: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Comment: Browns signed RGIII with understanding that competition would be coming. Wentz completed 62 of 65 scripted passes at Pro Day. But do Browns like Jared Goff better?
3. San Diego Chargers: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
Comment: Ramsey rising, could go here, but elite defensive line talent is more prized, and Buckner considered elite. Team wanting quarterback could trade up to here for Goff or Wentz.
4. Dallas Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
Comment: Interest in Matt Forte says running back a priority but issues with Greg Hardy, Randy Gregory could push ‘Boys to Bosa.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Comment: Edge rusher complements Malik Jackson signing for interior. Bosa also did drills at OSU Pro Day.
6. Baltimore Ravens: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
Comment: Pro Day performance dispelled knee concerns and could move Jack top-5. Jack also has April 1 private Pro Day.
7. San Francisco 49ers: Jared Goff, QB, California
Comment: Still no Colin Kaepernick trade and Goff’s Pro Day may have vaulted him ahead of Wentz but quarterback still looks like the call for team in need.
8. Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State
Comment: New coach Doug Pederson put Goff and Wentz through private workouts. But Ramsey is self-proclaimed “best player in this year’s draft” and somebody’ll agree.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
Comment: Mini-run on defensive backs? Brent Grimes settles one cornerback spot but Hargreaves best-available if Bucs don’t grab A'Shawn Robinson.
10. New York Giants: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
Comment: First five free agent signings were on defense. Giants shopped for offensive tackles but get Eli Manning heir-apparent here.
11. BEARS: A’Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama
Comment: Will go best-available, and cornerback could fall, but still a defensive line spot open and Bears like the talent pool.
12. New Orleans Saints: Shaq Lawson, DE/LB, Clemson
Comment: Lawson or Georgia’s Leonard Floyd fill need for edge pressure.
13. Miami Dolphins: Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
Comment: Buzz building that Spence, who did only defensive line drills at Pro Day, has quieted some character concerns, which could bump him higher.
14. Oakland Raiders: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
Comment: Raiders dumped middle linebacker Curtis Lofton.
15. Los Angeles Rams: Leonard Floyd, DE, Georgia
Comment: Chris Long exit leaves Rams weak on edge after Robert Quinn injury dip in ’15.
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How others see the Bears pick:
DeForest Buckner (Lester Wiltfong Jr., Windy City Gridiron/SB Nation)
Leonard Floyd (Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com and Mel Kiper, ESPN)
Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame (Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com)
Joey Bosa (Ike Taylor, NFL Media analyst)
Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama (Rob Rang, CBS Sports)
Ezekiel Elliot (Charles Davis, NFL Network)
A’Shawn Robinson (Jim Miller, Comcast SportsNet, Sirius Radio)
Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State (Cris Collinsworth, NBC)
Noah Spence (Michelle Bruton, Bleacher Report)
Leonard Rankins, DT, Louisville (Dane Brugler, CBS Sports)
Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State (Matt Miller, Bleacher Report)
Shaq Lawson (Todd McShay, ESPN)
Remaining first round order:
16. Detroit Lions
17. Atlanta Falcons
20. N.Y. Jets
27. Green Bay
28. Kansas City
(Note: New England forfeited 1st round pick)