Matt Miller is a renowned draft specialist who accurately predicted the Chicago Bears would take a corner back in May. His latest mock draft says otherwise. In his first two-round 2015 NFL mock draft, Miller has the Bears selecting 10th overall. It’s a series of picks that are not without surprises which include the Oakland Raiders taking wide receiver Amari Cooper 1st overall and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers becoming the team that gambles big-time on quarterback Jameis Winston. His selection at #10 was a slight surprise as well when Chicago scooped up Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson.
Here is his explanation.
“Pick a position on defense and it’s likely the Chicago Bears need help there. Phil Emery has done a good job in some spots—signing Willie Young, drafting Will Sutton, Ego Ferguson and Kyle Fuller—and struggled in others (see: McClellin, Shea). But what’s most important is moving on from the misses and reinforcing the hits on defense with better all-around talent.”
“Shaq Thompson has played safety, outside linebacker and running back at Washington, and to me he’s another Lavonte David-type linebacker. He’s athletic, rangy, smart and super active no matter what the offense does. Plug Thompson in with other young linebackers Christian Jones—a nice undrafted free-agent pickup—and Jon Bostic, and this unit might be worth developing.”
It’s hard to argue with the logic. Linebacker has really become a sore area due to age and injuries for the Chicago Bears defense. Lance Briggs is nearing his end and Shea McClellin is looking like a bust. Adding an athletic and speedy playmaker who is always around the ball like Thompson definitely can’t hurt.
Miller completed his mock draft in the second round by having the Bears take Stanford left tackle Andrus Peat, which could be a steal given several analysts have a first round grade on him.
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