Welcome to the Titan Sized collaborative 2014 NFL mock draft. Every weekday leading into the May draft, our team of writers will give their analysis and opinions on potential first-round draft prospects and their eventual whereabouts. Barring changes or conflicts, our remaining schedule will go as follows:
Apr. 7-11: Picks 11-15
Apr. 14-18: Picks 16-20
Apr. 21-25: Picks 21-25
Apr. 28 – May 2: Picks 26-30
May 5-6: Picks 31-32
Here’s a list of writers who’ll participate in our 2014 NFL mock draft project:
Editor: Joshua Huffman
Lead Columnist: Nicholas Pitakos
Contributor: Russell Griffin
Contributor: Matias Wodner
Contributor: Stoney Keeley
Contributor: Matt Ward
Contributor: William Oberst
Contributor: Scotty Bakalian
We’ve reached pick No. 14. This selection belongs to the Chicago Bears.
Monsters of the Midway didn’t apply to the 2013 Bears defense. Surrendering a franchise-worst 478 points that was only worsted by the Minnesota Vikings (480 points), Bears general manager Phil Emery has spent the offseason retooling the defense with free-agent acquisitions. Emery was able to pry Jared Allen away from Minnesota. Allen joins a defensive line that now includes Lamarr Houston, Willie Young, Israel Idonije, Jay Ratliff and Nate Collins. It all starts in the trenches. The Bears have gotten much better there.
Are they good enough? This team could use a disruptive interior pass-rusher. Another concern deals with the defensive backfield. The secondary includes an allotment of ineffective players plus cornerbacks who are on the wrong side of age 30. What Emery must decide on is which defensive lineman or safety will best fit into this defense.
It’s time to examine who the Bears will select at No. 14.