Who will the Bears select with the 19th pick in the NFL Draft Thursday night? Judging by the mock drafts we perused on the internet, there’s no consensus choice. Take a look:
Don Banks, Sports Illustrated
Projected Bears pick: North Carolina DL Quinton Coples
Comment: "Everybody seems to think the Bears are in the market for another pass rusher to help lighten the load on Julius Peppers, so why not go out and land his fellow Tar Heel? He's the most accomplished sack artist at North Carolina since Peppers went second overall in 2002.
Jarrett Bell, USA Today
Projected Bears pick: Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd
Nate Davis, USA Today
Projected Bears pick: Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick
Charles Davis, NFL Network
Projected Bears pick: South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore
Comment: "The Bears had visions of Coples dropping here and DC Rod Marinelli having a new project to develop on the defensive line, but this aggressive corner fits nicely into Chicago's scheme."
Clark Judge, CBS Sports
Projected Bears pick: Alabama LB Dont’a Hightower
Comment: "This is a shot in the dark, basically because Chicago needs to find the next Brian Urlacher or Lance Briggs."
Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN
Projected Bears pick: Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus
Comment: "This is a pick I'm staying with. Offensive line value isn't great here if both [Cordy] Glenn and [Riley] Reiff are gone, and pass rush is a big need for the Bears. Quick off the edge, Mercilus utilizes great anticipation and some natural gifts as a pass-rusher, with closing speed and long arms once he has the quarterback in sight. The Bears could use some pass-rushing insurance with Julius Peppers not getting any younger."
Peter King, Sports Illustrated
Projected Bears pick: Baylor WR Kendall Wright
Comment: "I'd be stunned if Chicago doesn't fortify its perpetually patchwork offensive line, but I've been stunned before."
Michael Lombardi., NFL Network
Projected Bears pick: Boise State DE Shea McClellin
Comment: "Want a pass rusher. Is it too early to take Bruce Irvin from West Virginia? Get the hottest guy in the draft."
Mike Mayock, NFL Network
Projected Bears pick: Syracuse DE Chandler Jones
Mark Potash, Chicago Sun-Times
Projected Bears pick: LSU DT Michael Brockers
Comment: "The Bears could trade down and take USC defensive end Nick Perry, Syracuse DE Chandler Jones or others. But if they stay here, they likely will take a player more worthy of the 19th pick."