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NFL Mock Draft 2015: Chicago Bears Select Shane Ray

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With the seventh pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears (represented by saintmanumit) select...

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Shane Ray, LB, Missouri

I had the pleasure of meeting Ryan Pace and the one thing I can say about him is he's a no-nonsense guy who knows the truth when it's right in its face. And the truth is he knows what success looks like coming from the Big Easy. It's ironic that his current team is a lot more like his former team. His current team underperformed last year, the team got rid of its best wide receiver, purged themselves of some talented yet overpriced players and finally, needs help everywhere even at quarterback. Being in the top 10 for the first time since 2005 is a blessing for a new general manager looking to rebuild if not invigorate a franchise. But the humbling truth is that that this team has gotten old. Scratch that, this team has BEEN old, but they were winning until the bottom fell last year. Time to infuse some new blood in Halas Hall.

Problem is this team has an abundance of needs and will need an abundant amount of picks to FILL those needs. In a draft that is top heavy in talent, this is the perfect trade up spot. Pace will be manning the phones to see who wants to trade up. (Cleveland, NOLA?)

The Chicago Bears can draft any player at any position and and no one would argue the reason why. A quarterback to groom is a necessity, but not in the first round. Cutler is a head case but he has a fastball that is needed n the Fall and Winter Chicago wind. Drafting a wide receiver to start opposite Alston Jeffrey is tempting as well as drafting an offensive lineman, but Coach John Fox knows an upgrade at both positions would not make a difference unless the Bears can stop the opposing offense.

Being that lthe D was the third worst defense in the NFL last year behind Atlanta and Pace's former team, Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio is screaming for a difference maker. The most productive veteran on dlefense was Peanut Tillman and he was cut. Rookie Kyle Fuller was a bright spot, but the rest of the starting lineup was dumpster garbage and that was  on a GOOD day. (This includes you too,Jared Allen!)

Thus either a trade down or the best rush end available.

Thus Shane Ray is a Bear.

This pick will not make the home base happy now, but no one is winning any games in April. Again, this team couldn't stop anybody. Pace has done well signing talented players but considering the NFC North is offensively heavy, in Pace's mind, you can not have too many pass rushers. Fact: Fox's modus operandi his first year with his two previous employers has always been to draft an edge rusher in the first round. And both of those teams went to a Super Bowl within two years. Why rock THAT boat when you don't have to?

John Fox wins with a good running game and an above average defensive.  Back in 1985, that used to be the Bears way of winning games.

Thirty years later, full circle.

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Thanks to all the CSC members who participated in this year's community mock draft. Without your help, none of this would be possible.

Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.

Catch up with all of the mock draft selections in our 2015 CSC Community Mock Draft Hub.

Pick Team Selection Team Representative Approval Rating
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston - Florida State
Hans Petersen 82%
2 Tennessee Titans DE Leonard Williams - USC Tee Word 85%
3 Jacksonville Jaguars DE Dante Fowler - Florida Khannar
4 Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper - Alabama arcuate
5 Washington Redskins DE Randy Gregory - Nebraska Lostastic
6 NY Jets OLB Vic Beasley - Clemson BlackandGold4ever
7 Chicago Bears LB Shane Ray - Missouri saintmanumit
8 Atlanta Falcons
Dave Choate
9 NY Giants
GoFastTurnLeftMaybeRight
10 St. Louis Rams
Kevin Sean Held
11 Minnesota Vikings
gulf shores
12 Cleveland Browns
ryan_la_sports07
13 New Orleans Saints
Dave Cariello
14 Miami Dolphins
Ralph Malbrough
15 San Francisco 49ers
The Irish Assassin
16 Houston Texans
quickdrawdoc
17 San Diego Chargers
LeedsSaint
18 Kansas City Chiefs
jmcmillan_93
19 Cleveland Browns
ryan_la_sports07
20 Philadelphia Eagles
Matt Mosley
21 Cincinnati Bengals
coldpizza
22 Pittsburgh Steelers
whodatgermany
23 Detroit Lions
Khannar
24 Arizona Cardinals
saintmanumit
25 Carolina Panthers


26 Baltimore Ravens
quickdrawdoc
27 Dallas Cowboys
arcuate
28 Denver Broncos
Ryne Hancock
29 Indianapolis Colts
Alex Lyles
30 Green Bay Packers
Jake White
31 New Orleans Saints
Dave Cariello
32 New England Patriots
Whit Prottsman