Which mock drafts were most accurate?

Posted Apr 24, 2017

Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses which mock drafts have been most accurate the most couple years, how many of Ryan Pace's draft picks remain with the Bears and the likelihood of Jay Cutler retiring from the NFL.

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of email questions from fans on

Reading all the mock drafts on the internet is interesting. But which of the NFL analysts has been most accurate in predicting who the Bears will pick the past couple years?

David J.
Evansville, Indiana

Ten of the 38 mock drafts we monitored last year correctly predicted that the Bears would select outside linebacker Leonard Floyd in the first round. Of the 10 that had the Floyd pick right, four of them correctly predicted that the Bears would choose receiver Kevin White in the first round in 2015. The four analysts who had both picks right were’s Bucky Brooks, Daniel Jeremiah and Lance Zierlein and CBS Sports’ Dane Brugler. (None of them had the Bears selecting cornerback Kyle Fuller in the first round in 2014). Interestingly Brooks, Jeremiah, Zierlein and Brugler are all predicting in their latest mock drafts that the Bears will take Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore at No. 3 this year.

How many of the players that general manager Ryan Pace has selected in his first two Bears drafts are still on the roster?

Allen H.
Evanston, Illinois

Fourteen of the 15 players the Bears have selected in the last two drafts remain with the team. The only exception is 2015 seventh-round pick Tayo Fabuluje, a tackle from TCU who was waived last June. The 14 picks still on the roster are 2015 selections Kevin White, Eddie Goldman, Hroniss Grasu, Jeremy Langford and Adrian Amos and 2016 choices Leonard Floyd, Cody Whitehair, Jonathan Bullard, Nick Kwiatkoski, Deon Bush, Deiondre’ Hall, Jordan Howard, DeAndre Houston-Carson and Daniel Braverman.

Do you think Jay Cutler will sign with a team or call it a career?

Dennis P.
Chicago Heights, Illinois

I wouldn’t be shocked if Jay Cutler decides to retire, though I do believe he will sign with a team at some point this year. If a team like the Jets, for instance, doesn’t take a quarterback in the draft, I think that would make sense for Cutler. Or maybe the Texans. If he isn’t signed heading into training camp, I think the first team that loses its starter to a significant injury would have to think strongly about giving Jay a call. Just imagine if that’s the Packers, Lions or Vikings!

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