Big names waiting in Round 2
The Bears are scheduled to pick 18th in today's second round (50th overall), which begins at 5:30 p.m.
They're still hoping to trade down and add more picks, but there doesn't figure to be a lot of demand for their pick. The good news is that there are still a lot of players remaining who are capable of contributing to an NFL team right away.
Best guess is that the Bears target a linebacker, although it would be a shock if Manti Te'o were still on the board when the Bears are on the clock.
There is also an excellent group of wide receivers still available, but expect a run early. At least 2-3 quarterbacks should come off the board pretty quickly as well.
Below are 22 players, possibly in order, who should be gone before the third round begins.
LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee
RB Montee Ball, Wisconsin
WR Robert Woods, USC
RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama
OT Menelik Watson, Florida State
QB Matt Barkley, USC
QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
WR Keenan Allen, Cal
DT Kawann Short, Purdue
WR Terrance Williams, Baylor
LB Kevin Minter, LSU
LB Kevin Reddick, North Carolina
CB Darius Slay, Mississippi State
DT John Jenkins, Georgia
DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
CB Jonathan Banks, Mississippi State
TE Zach Ertz, Stanford
DE Margus Hunt, SMU
TE Gavin Escobar, San Diego State
LB Arthur Brown, Kansas State