With the 2013 NFL Draft just around the corner, it’s time to unveil team-by-team projections for the first three rounds before the three-day festivities kick into swing on April 25. Here’s part nine of the series on the Chicago Bears.
First Round (No. 20 Overall): Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
The Bears bolstered their offensive line with the additions of Jermon Bushrod and Matt Slauson, but upgrades are still needed after allowing a whopping 44 sacks last year (Jay Cutler suffered 38 sacks, while Jason Campbell suffered the other six), along with the departure of Lance Louis (signed with Miami Dolphins).
Menelik Watson possesses rare athletic ability for his tremendous frame with light feet, an explosive first step and a powerful punch to boot. The Florida State product may be raw, but he’s also very physical, flexible, mobile and versatile and provides an immediate impact up front for Cutler, Forte and the whole crew.
Second Round (No. 50 Overall): Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
Not only is Arthur Brown a great alternative option to Manti Te’o, but the Kansas State product gives this team terrific value in the middle of the second round as the successor to long-time star linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Brown is an instinctive, sideline-to-sideline player and rock-solid tackler with adept coverage skills and blitzing ability. He’ll be a coveted piece to the defense and he will most likely move D.J. Williams to the strongside.
Michael Gartman is a College Football and NFL Senior Writer, the AFC South and NFC West Lead Writer and the Founder, CEO of GridironGrit.com. He’s also about to start reporting on topics across all sides of the political spectrum and analyze important issues in the liberty movement for a political website. Follow him @_MichaelGartman on Twitter. Be sure to ‘like’ Gridiron Grit on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @GridironGrit to keep up with the latest coverage on college football, the NFL and more!