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Jeremiah: Bears just outside of range for elite prospects


The No. 11 overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft is higher than most in the first round, but perhaps not high enough for the Chicago Bears to claim one of the draft's elite talents.


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NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah sees the Bears' position in the first round as something of a tease.

"In this draft, I think there are eight to 10 guys that you feel great about, and (the Bears are) just outside that range where you're going to have to probably rely a little bit on faith and your coaching staff and developing players," Jeremiah said. "Because a lot of them have some holes once you get outside that first group."

Jeremiah said he doubts that either of the draft's top two quarterbacks, Cal's Jared Goff and North Dakota State's Carson Wentz, will slip to the Bears at No. 11. A quarterback might not be in the Bears' first-round plans anyway, but the No. 11 pick might be a little low to snare a prospect in the draft's upper tier of talent. Perhaps the Philadelphia Eagles agree; they traded up from No. 13 to No. 8 with the Miami Dolphins earlier this month.

Jeremiah and NFL Media analyst Charles Davis took questions for more than an hour on a media teleconference on Thursday. Here are a few other things we learned from the call:

2. How would Alabama DL Jarran Reed look in a Washington Redskins uniform? Very much at home. The club could use a defensive tackle, and if it goes in that direction with the No. 21 overall pick, Reed could provide strong value at the draft's deepest position.

"If he somehow fell to the Redskins, he's made to play in that division. He'd be great in that defense," Jeremiah said.

3. Two players who could be crashing the first round of the draft, after beginning the draft process outside of first-round speculation, are Mississippi State DL Chris Jones and Houston CB William Jackson III, Davis said.

4. If the Green Bay Packers are a looking for a linebacker at No. 27 overall, Davis believes Alabama's Reggie Ragland is more likely to be available at that spot than Ohio State's Darron Lee.

"Just because of the way the game is played and (Lee's) ability to run," Davis said.

5. Oregon DL DeForest Buckner could be a smart move for the Baltimore Ravens with the No. 6 overall pick.

"The Ravens, I think they've lost a little bit of their identity on the defensive side of the ball, and the best way to get that back is to invest in the front seven and just double-down there," Jeremiah said. "They've got some good players in that front, but they need some more blue-chip, difference-making players in that front seven. Buckner, with the rare size and skill set he possesses, he'd be a great fit there."

6. Every team wants first-round value outside of the first round, but they're not all willing to take a chance on a player coming off a serious knee injury. Enter West Virginia safety Karl Joseph, who is a Jeremiah favorite in the 2016 draft:

"If he didn't get hurt this year, I think we'd pretty much be talking about him as a lock as a first-round pick," Jeremiah said. "... He makes plays sideline to sideline, with range. He will fill the alley with bad intentions, he's got good ball awareness and ball skills."

7. A scout told Davis that Southern Utah's Miles Killebrew is the most confident tackler in the draft.

8. Your Scooby Wright III comp, courtesy of Jeremiah: "A poor man's Chris Borland." The Arizona linebacker, whose final college season was marred by injury, projects as a third-day pick, according to Davis.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.



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