Rotoworld mock draft has Bears thinking defense

Rotoworld mock draft has Bears thinking defense
February 17, 2014, 9:30 pm
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It's no secret the Bears are going to use the majority of their seven draft choices on defense, and Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes Phil Emery will start on the defensive line.

In the mock draft Norris posted today, he has the Bears selecting Florida State defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan. The 6-foot-2, 298-pound defensive tackle tallied 63 tackles (11 TFL), 4.5 sacks and one batted pass for the national champion Seminoles, finishing his collegiate career with a nine-tackle performance in the national championship game against Auburn.

Norris writes that "I do not evaluate Jernigan this highly (No. 14 overall). I think he wins as a 1/0 after delivering a strong punch to keep his opposition off balance. The problem is when he tends to move laterally around blockers after not winning off the snap. He is not agile when moving east and west. With that said, the Bears need to upgrade the interior of their defensive line. Badly."

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Jernigan is the third defensive lineman off the board, following South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney (No. 4, Atlanta via a mock trade) and Notre Dame's Louis Nix (No. 11, Tennessee). Notable defensive linemen mocked after Jernigan to the Bears included Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman (No. 23), Missouri's Kony Ealy (No. 27) and Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald (No. 29).

In the NFC North, Norris mocked the Vikings trading out of the No. 8 spot with St. Louis to select No. 13 and select Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr. The Lions selected Alabama safety Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix -- a player who has been linked to the Bears -- with the No. 10 pick, and the Packers selected Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward after trading down with the 49ers in the first round to No. 30.