The first wave of NFL free agency has passed. GM Ryan Pace has made a few intriguing moves thus far that has changed the complexion of the Chicago Bears draft board in some significant ways. It also created some new scenarios based on what other teams have done, which could result in different players being available than originally anticipated a few weeks ago.
So based on that and their new set of needs, here is the updated version of the Bears mock draft. If you wish to go back and review what the original copy had them taking, feel free to click the link below.
1st Round: Leonard Williams (DE, USC)
Thanks to the addition of Pernell McPhee, the need for help at outside linebacker in their new 3-4 defense has eased. However, there are still problems up front, namely a lack of answers or depth at defensive end. Such types are difficult to find because they fit a certain profile: big (300 lbs), long, able to anchor against the run but also rush the passer. At present Chicago doesn’t have many who can fill that role.
That is why Leonard Williams is the perfect solution. He is fully capable of playing that role and playing it at a Pro Bowl level. Some see him as the best overall prospect in the 2015 draft class. The reason he could fall to the Bears at #7 is the simple fact that all six teams ahead of them have legitimate reasons not to take him. If he does fall, rest assured Pace would sprint to that podium himself with the card.