The second round of the NFL Draft starts Friday night, and there’s plenty of first round-caliber talent available.
Here’s a look at 10 players the Bears could consider:
Nebraska OLB Randy Gregory
6-5, 235 pounds
The details: Gregory was considered a top-five talent before a positive marijuana test and the NFL Scouting Combine, according to some vague reports, questions about his mental state knocked him to the second round. Gregory, who played a 4-3 end in college but said he can thrive in the 3-4, did not talk to the Bears as one of their 30 allowable in-house interviews. GM Ryan Pace said the team dropped some players off their board altogether because of character concerns: is he one of them?
Bears’ need: Medium. They have starters at both outside linebacker spots, but Pace said the team could never have too many pass-rushers.
Alabama S Landon Collins
6-0, 228 pounds
The details: There was a time when Collins was the slam-dunk best safety available in the draft. Considered a physical run-stopper who has some trouble in coverage, Collins could even more to linebacker at some point. He started his last 23 games for the Crimson Tide, and was named an All-American as a junior before deciding to enter the NFL Draft one year early.
Bears’ need: High. Landing a player of Collins’ skill in Round 2 would have seemed unlikely a month ago. The Bears could use veterans Antrel Rolle and Ryan Mundy to mentor him.
Florida State NT Eddie Goldman
6-3, 336 pounds
The details: Drafting a nose tackle isn’t the sexiest thing in the eyes of fans, but the Bears need defensive line depth. Goldman isn’t considered to be a strong pass-rusher, though, so he’d likely come out on nickel and dime situations. Would the Bears draft a two-down player in the second round?
Bears’ need: High. Despite his success as a 3-4 nose tackle — he went to the Pro Bowl four times —Jeremiah Ratliff is still considered a bit undersized for the position.
Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings
6-5, 309 pounds
The details: The Bears brought Clemmings to Halas Hall for an interview. Like 2013 Bears No. 1 pick Kyle Long, Clemmings started off as a defensive lineman before moving. Unlike Long, he has extensive collegiate experience there, starting 26 games at right tackle the past two years after redshirting to learn the position switch.
Bears’ need: Medium. Clemmings could supplant Jordan Mills.
Indiana RB Tevin Coleman
5-11, 206 pounds
The details: Could the local kid come home? The Oak Forest High School alum set a Hoosiers record with 2,036 rushing yards and became only the third consensus All-American in the history of the school. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds at his pro day after sitting out the NFL Scouting Combine sprints with a foot injury.
Bears’ need: Medium to High. Matt Forte might be in his final season with the Bears, and John Fox likes to use waves of running backs. But two offensive players in the first two picks?
Minnesota TE Maxx Williams
6-4, 249 pounds
The details: As a redshirt sophomore, he recorded 569 receiving yards and eight touchdowns for the Gophers. Williams’ early entry — he could have played two more years in college — made him the consensus top tight end in an admittedly weak draft class.
Bears’ need: It depends. Martellus Bennett wants a new contract. Were the Bears to trade him, Williams could slide in as his replacement, as the team lacks obvious in-house candidates.
UCLA ILB Eric Kendricks
6-0, 232 pounds
The details: What better home for the Butkus Award Winner than the land of Dick Butkus? Kendricks had 149 tackles s a senior and was a starter for the last three years of his Bruins career. He could play outside linebacker in a 4-3 or inside linebacker in the Bears’ 3-4.
Bears’ need: High. The Bears signed Mason Foster to a one-year deal and are trying to convert Jon Bostic, Shea McClellin and others to inside linebacker. Kendricks could win that battle before opening day.