The prevailing feeling of late has been that the Bears will address their needs on the offensive line before anything else when the draft begins Saturday.
But in Rick Gosselin’s mock draft Version 2.0, the Dallas Morning News football big foot changes directions. Gosselin, who annually is the most accurate or among the most accurate in forecasting the first round and the top 100 players chosen, has the Bears selecting Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart with the 14th overall pick. Yes, the same Stewart who recent had toe surgery and could be sidelined when training camp opens.
Gosselin, who will have one more mock draft Friday, paired the Bears up with Pittsburgh offensive tackle Jeff Otah in his first mock April 11. This time around, Otah remained on the board until 17 when the Minnesota Vikings nabbed him. Of course, if they swing a deal before the draft for Kansas City defensive end Jared Allen, the Vikes won’t own that pick. For what it’s worth, Vanderbilt offensive tackle Chris Williams went No. 18 to Houston.
A look at Gosselin’s mock right here, which included Rashard Mendenhall going 12th to Denver. Inside the Bears doesn’t see general manager Jerry Angelo going with another running back in the first round for some time to come given the fallout from Cedric Benson’s injury-plagued first three seasons, but the chance to debate mock drafts is the beauty of this time of year.