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Analysts: Bears should select safety, defensive tackle high in next month’s NFL Draft
The Bears should draft a safety and defensive tackle with their first two picks, NFL Network analysts said Thursday.
Daniel Jeremiah said the Bears should consider Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Louisville’s Calvin Pryor with the No. 14 pick in next month’s draft.
“I think you start with the safety position,” Jeremiah said. “Where they’re picking, I think they’ll have a shot at those two guys.”
Clinton-Dix “might be a little more attractive to them, as a playmaker over the top,” he said. Pryor profiles as an explosive hitter, be it in rush or pass defense.
“I love Pryor,” said NFL Network analyst Charles Davis. “He’s like playing with an extra linebacker.”
Jeremiah said that, should the Bears draft a defensive tackle, they’d find a good fit in Florida State’s Timmy Jernigan or Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald. He sees Jernigan as a 1-technique tackle, though; the Bears would likely prefer a 3-technique, which is Donald’s forte.
“I don’t think (Donald) really has anything to answer,” Jeremiah said of the 6-foot-1, 285-pounder. “The only concern you’d have is he’s not a 315-pound guy.”
He was effusive, calling Donald “dominant on tape,” saying he “lives in the backfield as a pass-rusher” and is “explosive with his hands.”
Davis said the Bears should draft a safety in the first round and a defensive tackle in the second, given the depth of inside linemen.
He said that, while the Bears could always look at Donald at No. 14, though his value “might even start higher than that.” He said the Lions could look at him at No. 10.