SB Nation Writers Mock Draft: Round 2, Pick #49


No. 49

CHICAGO
BEARS

Pick by Windy City Gridiron

Eric Wood
Center

Louisville

WCG from at Windy City Gridiron had had arguably the best draft thus far, and he hasn't even made a pick.

The Bears have to descend off their franchise quarterback cloud for a moment to make another pick. We know that with the next two rounds we have three needs to address. Offensive Line, Wide Receiver and Safety. When the draft hit the #25 pick in the first round, we were feeling pretty good. Darrius Heyward-Bey was still on the board, so there was a good chance that we could see Kenny Britt or Brian Roberskie fall to us, but there was a run on receiver and we were left with the next available receiver which was Juaquin Iglesias or the next lineman which was Phil Loadholt. We wanted Loadholt, but he also went just before our pick.

So the choice now is draft Iglesias or the a guy like Eric Wood. I've never been that high on Iglesias, so I wasn't comfortable drafting him. Instead we opted for Eric Wood, C, Louisville. The deciding factor was by drafting Iglesias we would have been adding depth to a not-so good group of receivers. We already have depth there. We need starters. Or we can take Wood and get depth to our now surprisingly solid offensive line. And when some of our older guys slow down or retire in the next so many years, Wood would be ready to slide in and take over. We are projecting Wood more as a guard than a center, but him being able to play two positions is just a bonus.

MTD thoughts: This is actually a pretty tough spot to be picking in for Chicago. Wood is a little bit of a reach, but the team has no other great needs. Taking the best player available wouldn't help in this instance, either.

Mocking the Draft's Top Five Remaining Prospects - QB Josh Freeman, CB Alphonso Smith, RB Shonn Greene, TE Chase Coffman, S Patrick Chung

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