Matt Miller, renowned draft expert for Bleacher Report has his latest 2015 NFL mock draft out. Where did he see the Chicago Bears going?
Generally there are two trains of thought when it comes to the Bears and their plans next year. Either they go after a quarterback to replace Jay Cutler, a highly popular idea among fans, or they continue rebuilding what has been a hard-to-watch defense. Miller believes they should go Best Player Available on the defensive side, similar to what they did when landing Kyle Fuller back in May. Based on how his mock plays out, the Bears will land a pass rusher with the 12th overall pick.
Bud Dupree – DE – Kentucky
“Kentucky’s Alvin “Bud” Dupree is a monster off the edge, and unlike a lot of smaller edge players in the 2015 class, he has the size, length and strength to play the end of the line in a 4-3 defense. Dupree and Willie Young as the bookends will give Chicago the pass rush it needs—and the one it hoped to get when signing Jared Allen in free agency.”
There is no question the Bears need to think about supplementing their defensive front with more young talent at the end position. Allen is 32-years old and Willie Young in 28. As it stands they have no up-and-coming prospect in the pipeline. Dupree would change that. After all, top priority for the defense is getting the quarterback on the ground. With Aaron Rodgers still dominating the NFC North, the Bears’ task is clear. Miller warns that Dupree may not be a fit for the scheme under Mel Tucker, but he like many others thinks the defensive coordinator won’t be around in 2015.
It may not be the most glamorous pick in history, but the bottom line is the Chicago Bears defense needs youth and it needs talent. Alvin “Bud” Dupree has both.
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