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Kiper correctly predicted Bears pick

Posted May 9, 2014

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. was the only prognosticator from a group of 24 we tracked who correctly predicted that the Bears would select Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller at No. 14.

Make fun of Mel Kiper Jr.'s hair all you want; the well-coiffed draft guru obviously knows his stuff.

The longtime ESPN analyst was the only prognosticator from a group of 24 we tracked who correctly predicted that the Bears would select Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller with the 14th pick in the first round.

Here's what Kiper wrote about the Bears' selection in advance of the draft: "Safety could also get a look here, but Fuller comes into the draft with a lot of momentum. He is an obvious need pick for the Bears, who have the aging Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings (also over 30) as the top two corners on the roster. Darqueze Dennard also makes sense here, but Fuller gets the edge. He has exceptional instincts, and could contribute early at a position where the transition is tough."

Of the 23 other analysts, most thought that the Bears would select either Louisville safety Calvin Pryor (10) or Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald (8). Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and linebacker C.J. Mosley were each tabbed in two mock drafts, while Washington State safety Deone Bucannon was the choice in one.

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