Longtime NFL and Green Bay Packers reporter Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, about as good as it gets in our business, has the Bears acting on a draft surprise and going offensive line with their No. 19 pick in his mock draft.
GM Phil Emery has said that a player falling is the thing that sends a draft off in often-unsuspected directions, and Bob projects that Iowa tackle Riley Reiff to be one of those players. Reiff has been projected as high as the Top 10 but Bobs assessment, based on input from myriad NFL sources, has him available at 19 and the Bears going there instead of Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus.
Why thats particularly interesting is that in Bobs analysis, defensive linemen Mercilus (No. 26 to Houston), North Carolinas Quinton Coples (No. 20 to Tennessee), Nick Perry from USC (No. 23 to Detroit), Shea McClellin from Boise State (No. 28 to the Packers) and Alabamas Courtney Upshaw are all still on the board when No. 19 arrives.
Reiff would be a draft upset but his falling may send Emery in the direction of a day-one starting offensive tackle.