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Rotoworld gives Bears a failing grade in 2017 NFL Draft

Rotoworld gives Bears a failing grade in 2017 NFL Draft

Consider Evan Silva among those not enthralled with Ryan Pace's five-man draft class.

The Rotoworld senior football editor handed out grades for all 32 NFL teams, and he came away confused with what the Bears did this weekend.

Chicago Bears

1 (2). North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky
2 (45). Ashland TE Adam Shaheen
4 (112). Alabama S Eddie Jackson
4 (119). North Carolina A&T RB Tarik Cohen
5 (147). Kutztown OG Jordan Morgan

Overview: The Bears’ extremely ill-advised, desperation-driven one-spot climb for Trubisky cost them pick Nos. 67, 111, and a 2018 third-rounder. At UNC, Trubisky spent two years backing up Marquise Williams, who couldn’t beat out “Joe Callahan” as a Packers camp arm last year. In round two, Chicago dropped from No. 36 to 45 to add Nos. 119, 197, and a 2018 fourth-rounder. They wasted No. 45 on D-2 Frankenstein lookalike Shaheen. Ballhawking safety Jackson was my favorite Bears pick, although Jackson enters the NFL with significant injury concerns, and moving up for him cost Chicago the No. 197 pick in exchange for just a five-spot climb. Fellow fourth-rounder Cohen is a fun guy to watch, but he has almost no chance to make an NFL offensive impact at 5-foot-7, 179. Remember Garrett Wolfe? 60% of the Bears’ draft came from sub-Division-1 schools. Ultimately, the class will pay off if Trubisky turns into a franchise quarterback. Yet there is absolutely no way 13 college starts provide enough evidence to suggest Trubisky is a good-probability bet. It’s more likely that this was the worst draft in the entire league.

Grade: F

Check out the rest of Silva's grades from the 2017 NFL Draft right here.

Rotoworld: Bears' top draft needs and a seven-round mock draft

Rotoworld: Bears' top draft needs and a seven-round mock draft

Evan Silva (@EvanSilva) is the Senior Football Editor for Rotoworld's NFL Page, and Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) leads Rotoworld's college football and NFL draft coverage. Together, they're breaking down every team's biggest needs and offering potential draft-day solutions.

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Bears No. 1 Team Need: Quarterback

Silva’s Analysis

Signing career backups Mike Glennon and Mark Sanchez makes this no less of a need. It’s time for the Bears to invest a first- or early second-day pick on a potential franchise quarterback.

Bears No. 2 Team Need: Defensive Back

Silva’s Analysis

Prince Amukamara went to Chicago on a one-year deal. Tracy Porter was recently released. The Bears’ head-scratching, three-year, $16 million investment in Marcus Cooper netted one of the worst corners in the league with Arizona last season. 2014 first-round pick Kyle Fuller is a bust. The Bears coveted Stephon Gilmore in free agency, but he signed with New England instead. The Bears have also been heavily linked to top-safety prospects Jamal Adams and Malik Hooker.

Bears No. 3 Team Need: Defensive Line

Silva’s Analysis

In NT Eddie Goldman and DEs Akiem Hicks and Jonathan Bullard, the Bears have three quality young pieces up front. Hicks is entering a contract year, however, and Goldman has battled persistent ankle injuries. Chicago needs a dynamic playmaker in the trenches. 

Other Considerations: Offensive Tackle, Wide Receiver, Linebacker

2017 NFL Draft: More coverage here

Norris’ Mock Draft

Round 1 (3): CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State - Lattimore is widely viewed as the top prospect at his position. his sample size is small, but if everything clicks he can progress into becoming one of the top corners in the league. Athleticism, plus mirroring plus ball skills.

Round 2 (36): T Antonio Garcia, Troy - I like Garcia more than most. I think he has true left tackle feet and a finisher’s mentality. The Bears have the three interior positions locked down and Charles Leno is entering a contract year. Nevertheless, I think I was higher on Leno coming out of Boise State than any other evaluator.  

Round 3 (67): WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC - Smith-Schuster’s 2015 season was outstanding. He took advantage of manufactured space. He is a young and developing receiver … if you’re optimistic, that is.

Read the rest of Norris' mock draft on Rotoworld.com right here.

Rotoworld NFL mock draft 2.0: At No. 21, the Lions select...

Rotoworld NFL mock draft 2.0: At No. 21, the Lions select...

NBCSports' and Rotoworld's NFL Draft expert Josh Norris released his second 2017 NFL mock draft. Here are picks' 21-32. Also, be sure to check out the entire mock draft here:

This mock draft will change. Frequently.

The process is still young. Free agency is weeks away. The Combine has not kicked off. So as of now, I’m focusing more on current team needs and possible changes in the coming months. Prospect positioning becomes more clear as the process moves along. Future iterations will be more fleshed out.

Picks 14 and 15 will be decided by a coin toss at the NFL Combine.

21. Detroit Lions - TE O.J. Howard, Alabama - I know this will surprise many of you, but I think the Lions make tight end a priority this offseason. Not necessarily to replace Eric Ebron, but rather one to compliment him. Plus Howard is far more talented than Ebron.

22. Miami Dolphins  - EDGE Derek Barnett, Tenn - Mario Williams won’t be back. Cam Wake is 35 years old. Opinions on Barnett might be split regarding if his style translates into being a consistent pass rusher.

23. New York Giants - LB Haason Reddick, Temple - It was widely known that the Giants hoped to draft Leonard Floyd last year as an outside linebacker who also offered some pass rushing upside. Reddick offers a totally different frame but potentially could fill the same role.

24. Oakland Raiders - CB Quincy Wilson, Florida - The guarantees on the contracts of Sean Smith and David Amerson are coming to an end. While Teez Tabor received the bulk of the attention, I know many prefer Wilson as a prospect. Tre’Davius White is also a possibility here.

25. Houston Texans - T Cam Robinson, Alabama - Right tackle will likely be a priority for the Texans with Derek Newton’s injury.

26. Seattle Seahawks - T Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin - We will hear closer to Combine season how much Ramczyk’s hip surgery will impact his evaluation. The Seahawks need to continue to invest high picks in the worst position on the roster.

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27. Kansas City Chiefs - LB Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State - The Chiefs depth and talent at inside linebacker has been lackluster for years, and whenever Derrick Johnson goes down with an injury it is even more apparent.

28. Dallas Cowboys - EDGE Charles Harris, Missouri - Charles Harris could be drafted much, much higher. He is a pass rusher with an amazing get off and a successful counter move. That is the skill set to create pressure and sacks in the NFL.

29. Green Bay Packers - CB Sidney Jones, Washington - The Packers care about size, so possible targets at corner will be more clear after the Combine. Jones has ball skills, which this team has coveted in the past.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers - EDGE Carl Lawson, Auburn - Look at Lawson and you see what many consider the Steelers’ prototype along the edge. Injuries continued to slow down his collegiate career, but Lawson is one of the best edge players in the class. He has burst and strength.

31. Atlanta Falcons - DL Jaleel Johnson, Iowa - I was expecting more from Johnson during Senior Bowl week, but that says more about my expectations than his evaluation. Few defensive linemen exit college with his hand use and understand of balance and counter moves.

32. New England Patriots - LB Zach Cunningham, Cunningham is going to be a draft favorite in the coming months. The Patriots linebackers could look quite different next year, depending on how contracts play out.

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