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The List: Mocks have Ogletree, Te’o, Cooper to Bears
Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree has taken the lead as the expert’s choice for the Bears’ pick at No. 20 in the first round of the NFL draft on April 25. ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper, Jr. still has the Bears taking Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o. Dan Durkin, a columnist for the Score’s web site, has the Bears taking Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown.
That pretty much covers the spectrum of linebackers to fill what either is or will be a gaping hole in the Bears defense, with Brian Urlacher and Nick Roach not being re-signed and Lance Briggs turning 33 — tough still playing at a Pro Bowl level.
Ogletree has the highest ceiling but also some significant red flags because of off-the-field issues. Te’o has the lowest ceiling but the highest floor. And the 6-0, 241-pound Brown is right in-between, a player with better-than-average speed, worse-than-average size but a knack for playing better than he looks.
Of the three, Brown is the one most likely to be available at No. 20. He’s projected as a second-round pick in many mock drafts. For what it’s worth, Mike Singletary was listed at 5-11 3/4, 230 pounds with a 40-yard-dash time between 4.7 and 4.8 when the Bears drafted him 38th overall — the 10th pick of the second round — in 1981.
Here’s the list of players projected to be picked by the Bears at No. 20:
1. Alec Ogletree, LB, 6-2, 242, Georgia
2. Manti Te’o, LB, 6-1, 241, Notre Dame
3. Jonathan Cooper, G, 6-2, 311, North Carolina
4. Sylvester Williams, DT, 6-3, 313, North Carolina
5. Arthur Brown, LB, 6-0, 241, Kansas State
6. Chance Warmack, G, 6-2, 314, Alabama
7. Desmond Trufant, CB, 6-0, 190, Washington
8. Tyler Eifert, TE, 6-6, 250, Notre Dame
9. Tank Carradine, DE, 6-4, 265, Florida State