Sep 14, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles (99) celebrates a fumble recover against the Vanderbilt Commodores in the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears Complete 2014 NFL Mock Draft


The only thing Chicago Bears fans can agree is they have no idea who their team will draft.  This 2014 NFL mock draft reflects that.

#14 – Calvin Pryor – FS – Louisville

One thing I noticed last season is if a team has any aspirations of reaching the Super Bowl, they need to get physical on both sides of the ball.  The Bears were much too soft in their secondary at times last season and that has to change.  Calvin Pryor is a rangy, fast, confident and ferocious safety from Louisville who will bring the wood from the back end and has plenty of upside in coverage duties to erase the Chris Conte nightmare.

#51 – Carlos Hyde – RB – Ohio State

In keeping with that physical idea, if any team wants to make it all the way it will have to go through Seattle and San Francisco, the two best defenses in the league.  That means being able to pound the football.  Matt Forte is a Pro Bowler but also 28-years old and has no backup of any note behind him.  Carlos Hyde drove the OhioState rushing machine with his downhill style, conjuring images of Marshawn Lynch.  That overshadows how deceptively good he is as a pass catcher.  This is a surprise pick, but could turn into a really good one for Chicago.

#82 – Kelcy Quarles – DT – South Carolina

It’s a calculated risk to wait so long but the depth of defensive tackle in the 2014 class should allow the Chicago Bears to get a quality interior pass rusher in the third round if they stay patient.  They scouted Kelcy Quarles during the pre-draft process and for good reason.  The South Carolina product has outstanding length, power and an explosive first step that made him a productive rusher in 2013 with 9.5 sacks.

#117 – Walt Aikens – CB – Liberty

Charles Tillman is back but for how much longer at age 33?  The Bears need to start loading up on young corners.  Walt Aikens is a small school prospect but boasts fluidity in coverage, long arms and good vision in zone.  He also doesn’t shrink from his responsibilities to tackle.  He’s a perfect rotational guy with long-term starter potential.

#156 – Gregory Ducre – CB – Washington

Washington is becoming a hotbed for defensive backs in college.  Gregory Ducre might be their next success story.  Extremely athletic with 4.3 speed, he overcomes minor height questions with a gutty attitude, explosive burst to close on ball carriers and disciplined tackling.

#183 – David Fales – QB – San Jose State

Jim Harbaugh wasn’t shy about his affection for David Fales, which should interest Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman.  Harbaugh after all learned much of his offensive philosophy under Trestman in Oakland.  Fales doesn’t quite have the preferred body or hand size but his eyes, decision-making and accuracy are slated to be a perfect fit for a West Coast style offense.  He is an excellent backup option for Jay Cutler.

#191 – Marcel Jensen – TE – Fresno State

Phil Emery showed last year he’ll take a flier on inexperienced offensive weapons late in the draft if he feels their athletic potential is high enough.  Marcel Jensen is an intriguing specimen out of FresnoState.  His production is minimal given he played in a spread offense and was primarily a blocker.  However, tape shows a 6’6″ monster with good speed and the hands to make the catch when his quarterback bothers to throw him the ball.

Tags: 2014 Nfl Mock Draft Calvin Pryor Carlos Hyde Chicago Bears David Fales Kelcy Quarles Walt Aikens

  • Jake

    I wouldn’t be upset at all if it turned out this way I think we need to trade down before we select Pryor so we can get another cb earlier than the 4th and 5th rounds but besides that I think I like this draft scenario picking up Carlos Hyde would be brilliant

    • Erik Lambert

      I’m in agreement. It’s a bit of a surprise but he would be a fantastic addition to the offense and an eventual successor to Forte. You get Pryor at safety, Quarles to join the interior rotation and two very solid athletes to groom at corner with enough left over to grab depth at tight end and quarterback.

      • Jake

        Yes I really like the fakes pick that would be a way underrated move

        • Jake

          Fales

          • Erik Lambert

            No doubt. He might go earlier than that but projections I see from the top sites say fifth to sixth round and the Bears pick early in the sixth so they might have a shot at him. He’s a perfect fit for their offense.

  • Eddie Currie

    I actually would be pleased with this draft as well. Thumbs up for rounds one and two, Pryor and Hyde are probably the two best players at their respective positions in this draft. I think I’d like to see CB and then DT in the 3rd and 4th just because I feel two future starters can be had that way as opposed to a depth/rotational CB in the 4th, but I wouldn’t complain if it’s as you’ve prognosticated. Hopefully Aikens’ issues are behind him, wouldn’t mind seeing E.J. Gaines at that spot. Definitely wouldn’t mind seeing Rashaad Reynolds if he somehow makes it out of the third. I’m a fan of doubling up on cornerbacks in this draft or grabbing a linebacker in the fifth. Taking Fales and Jensen in the sixth make a lot of sense and give the Bears talent at QB and TE that they have the luxury of being able to take the time to develop. Nice draft, Erik.

    • Erik Lambert

      Thanks Eddie. I initially planned to go all defense on Days 1 and 2 but I kept thinking about Phil Emery and his way of thinking and he doesn’t always target need first. I felt if Hyde was available at #51 you have to take him because he could be a huge help to the offense in the short and long-term. Pryor, to me, has better upside than Clinton-Dix despite not being quite as good in coverage at the moment. He hits and tackles better and also blitzes very well, something Mel Tucker loves to do. Quarles fills that three-technique void and both corners I got won’t have to start right away and have considerable developmental upside. As you said the Fales and Jensen picks are what they are.

      • BigJonLilJon

        I like your thought process but I don’t think Quarles will still be there in the 3rd round.

        • Erik Lambert

          Nearly every draft board I’ve looked at has him between the 3rd and 4th rounds so he should be. However, if he isn’t the Bears should still have a shot at Ego Ferguson or Anthony Johnson from LSU, both very talented interior men with pass rush upside. Dominique Easley might be there or Will Sutton. The options are considerable for the 3rd round, but I think Quarles should still be available.

  • John

    All I know is that the Bears couldn’t stop the run last year. I would hope the pick of DT and FS can help. I think they need more on the D-Line. It all starts in the trenches.

    • Erik Lambert

      I understand John but remember they made two very significant investments to the D-line already that should help with that in Willie Young and Lamarr Houston. They were two of the best run-defending defensive ends in the league last year. Together with Ratliff, a healthy Paea and Allen they should be better against the run.

  • Nick Garren

    this mock is wrong…are you even a bear fan did you take the Bears worst choice possible. They will not take a RB til late. Won’t draft anyone from Liberty Junior teacher’s technical college..

    • Erik Lambert

      Little irritable, Nick? I don’t think this mock is wrong at all. It satisfies their needs at key points and still manages to add some serious talent at every offensive position that lacks depth. Just because Matt Forte is the starter doesn’t mean they should pass on a talent like Hyde. Running backs fade quickly. Hyde is a workhorse with good versatility who can be there for when Forte begins to decline, which is especially important in this offense. Walt Aikens may come from a small college but so does PIerre Desir and everybody is in love with him. The kid has talent and it shows.