A rebuild might be in order, fellow analyst Bucky Brooks agrees, but Fox's background means a defensive player at No. 7 makes more sense.
"I know that's not the trend any more -- 'we've got to get these rookies on the field right away' -- but I do think you could have a nice payoff if you're allowed to develop Marcus Mariota," Jeremiah said on NFL Network's "Mock Draft Live" on Wednesday, noting Cutler's presence gives the Bears just that opportunity.
While admitting that Fox would be "intrigued" by Mariota, Brooks said he thinks the Bears get defensive with their first pick.
"Look for them to take a defensive player to get them back on track," Brooks said. " ... (Fox) wants to make sure the defense is what this team is built on."
Chicago could use an edge rusher and help in the secondary. A top-level edge rusher seems likely to be available at No. 7; the Bears likely would have their choice of any corner or safety with that pick, as well.
Mariota definitely needs seasoning; he is not "NFL-ready." But can Cutler be a mentor? Frankly, that seems a stretch. Cutler has the physical tools necessary to succeed, but as for the idea of him imparting knowledge that would make Mariota a full-fledged NFL quarterback -- a lot of folks would be skeptical about that. And they should be.