Today’s NFL Draft mock selections look at two teams that feature defensive players which could see their teams draft a player on their side of the ball. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears are home to J.T. Thomas and the Bears have Ryan Mundy. Who will help them out next season?
Thomas may have his career in the NFL resurrected in Jacksonville. After coming over as a primary special teams player with Chicago, Thomas had 23 tackles, a forced fumble and a blocked punt last season, appearing in 15 games for the Jaguars.
While Thomas fills in as a backup on the weak side, the Jags will likely strengthen the other side of the defense to help their case.
This pick makes too much sense for Jacksonville, a team which gave up 131.8 rushing yards and 247.6 passing yards per game last season.
To me, Mack is the best defensive player in the NFL Draft (yes, I’d take him over Jadeveon Clowney, but that’s a different story). Mack ran a 4.59 40-yard dash and had a 40 inch vertical. No to mention he benched 225 pounds 23 times.
Last year he had 100 tackles and 10.0 sacks. He also had three interceptions and scored on two of them. Right now the Jags’ starting linebacker on that side according to ESPN.com’s depth chart was John Lotulelei, who had 12 tackles last season.
Mack can also step up and play defensive end if need be, one analyst said:
After taking the safe route with offensive tackle Luke Joeckel a year ago, the Jaguars are on the prowl for a player likely to make a bigger impact with this selection. Quarterback is certainly a possibility but Mack offers both safety and immediate impact ability as a proven edge rusher who projects nicely as a LEO defensive end in Gus Bradley’s scheme.
As for the Bears, they, too, will look to sure up their defensive presence, made evident in the signing of Mundy.
Last season with the New York Giants, Mundy had 77 tackles and an interception. He will likely compete for a starting job in Chicago, depending on who they take in the first round. But I think Mundy fits nicely with the Bears and they’ll go a different direction that defensive back in Round One.
Chicago has had its grieving period for longtime star middle linebacker Brian Urlacher. It’s time to move on. And that’s what they’ll do with this pick.
Mosley is the top inside linebacker in the draft and that’s what the Bears need. He had 107 tackles last season for the Crimson Tide and keyed a top Alabama defense for multiple seasons. He knows what it takes to be a leader and plays physical against the run, something the Bears have lacked since Urlacher’s departure.
Last season Chicago ranked 32nd in the NFL in rushing defense, allowing 161.4 yards per game on the ground. In the middle is 11-year pro, D.J. Williams, who had just 27 tackles last season, playing in just six games.
Mosley is the future and could fill in at any spot in the linebacking corps, says a CBSSports analyst.
Given the additions of defensive linemen Lamarr Houston, Jared Allen and Willie Young via agency, the Bears are likely to focus on the back seven in the draft. Possessing rare read and react skills and fluidity, Mosley is capable of starring at virtually any of the three linebacker roles in Chicago’s 4-3 alignment.
Don’t be surprised to see Mosley come off the board when the Bears pick at No. 14.