This year’s NFL Draft Preview is our longest podcast yet. The focus is almost solely on the Bears, and Jordan and I debate the Bears’ biggest needs. We discuss which players the Bears should be targeting, which players they should pass on and which players we hope will fall to their pick in round two.
We’re also happy to help a new guest, Lance Poirrier of Da Bears Beat. Lance follows the NFL Draft as closely as anyone, and you can follow him on Twitter here.
After a lengthy layoff, Jordan and I return to the podcast airwaves to discuss Jay Cutler trade rumors, the Bears’ offseason free agent signings and the team’s biggest positional needs heading into the NFL Draft, which starts on April 30.
It’s easy to think that the Bears will draft a defensive player with the 7th overall pick, but GM Ryan Pace has stated that he will take the best player available and has made mistakes in the past by reaching for players in positions that the New Orleans Saints needed.
The Bears should take a look at University of Iowa Offensive Lineman, Brandon Scherff. He’s mean, he’s strong, and he plays until the whistle blows. Some have him listed as a tackle in the NFL, while Mike Mayock says that even though he could be great at all 5 offensive line positions, if Scherff is moved inside to guard, he would be an All Pro.
With Bushrod and Mills struggling at times, Garza likely in his last year, and Slauson’s injuries, Scherff would make a for a great pick and would be an instant starter. How great would it be to see him paired on the line with 2 time pro bowler, Kyle Long for the next decade.
There’s a chance that the top 5 defensive players like Leonard Williams, Randy Gregory, Dante Fowler, Danny Shelton, and Shane Ray could all be gone by the Bears pick.
At 6’2″ 343 lbs, Danny Shelton would be a perfect fit as a 3-4 Nose Tackle. We talked about it in Podcast Episode 20, but if Vic Fangio and John Fox move to a 3-4 or at least some form of it, Shelton could be a great pick at 7th overall. If you are looking for an NFL comparison, think Vince Wilfork and Dontari Poe. Danny Shelton is not only a big body, but he’s explosive too. He had a good week of practice at the Senior Bowl and the Bears are said to have met with him there.