The Chicago Bears have been tied to several prospects in the NFL Draft throughout the process, from Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd to Illinois Fighting Illini defensive end Whitney Mercilus. Now, on the eve of the first round, there's a new name been associated with Chicago: Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones.
Mike Mayock of the NFL Network is a respected voice in draft circles, and he gave Jones to the Bears in his only mock draft on Wednesday. Mayock also gave Jones a glowing review.
The Bears cannot believe Chandler Jones has fallen to them. The general public might not know a lot about him, but my view is -- and I'll take a lot of heat for this -- three years from now, he might be the best defensive player to come out of this draft.