In order to improve upon an unimpressive 8-8 campaign, General Manager Phil Emery of the Chicago Bears needs to reinvent the defense on the fly and nothing is more fly than picking defense in April’s draft.
Round 1, Pick 14: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
Two of the three Bears starting linebackers suffered injuries during the 2013 campaign and the young replacements were unable to pick up the slack. Veteran Lance Briggs is getting older and 2nd year linebackers Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene haven’t shown to be the answer yet. Emery needs to make a decision on whether to bring back veterans D.J. Williams and James Anderson or rely upon other options.
Mosley is a disciplined and instinctive linebacker who was the captain of Alabama’s suffocating defense. He is a smart player who is always around the ball; something that the Bears need badly. Mosley is capable of immediately stepping into the Bears starting lineup and producing.
Round 2, Pick 14: Lamarcus Joyner, S, Florida State
Perhaps the greatest weakness of the Bears defense in 2013 was the safety position. Safeties Chris Conte and Major Wright were constantly out of position and letting receivers get behind them. Open-field tackling was also an issue for the duo. Some have speculated the Bears will be interested in signing former Bills safety Jairus Byrd, but more help is needed to shore up the position.
Joyner began his college career as a cornerback, but became the starting safety in his sophomore season. He has superb instincts and plays an attacking style of defense. A smart player, Joyner is a ballhawk with the speed to cover more than just his half of the field.
There you have it, my Bears 2014 mock draft. Certainly, more help is needed in order to turn around the Bears defense, but Mosley and Joyner could do what Brian Urlacher and Mike Brown did for the Bears defense when they were drafted back in 2000. Some other positions the Bears need to address include defensive end, cornerback, center and punter.
What position do you think the Bears need to address the most? Do you think they will add depth to the positions that already have talent? Comment with your thoughts.