It doesn’t take a ton of time or effort to compile lists of the top 70 or 75 players in the NFL draft.
However, I didn’t say it doesn’t take talent. Those lists aren’t worth much when they’re wrong.
That’s why we’re so lucky to have Greg Gabriel and his 30-plus years of NFL scouting and drafting experience and multiple contacts in all 32 front offices.
But when the team you’re focused on doesn’t have a pick until No. 87 overall, you don’t want to be looking for the guys ranked in the top 80 or 90 who might slip to 97 for whatever reason (because there usually is a reason).
You should be looking for guys who may not have been ranked in the top 75, but they should have been and actually could be bargains in the middle or late rounds.
Here are three guys you may not be talking about who could be very interesting when the Bears are first on the clock in Round 3, and three more prospects to keep an eye on once Day 3 begins:
Bears' targets at No. 87
RB Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma
– Anderson has great size at 6½ feet and 221 pounds, plenty of speed and quickness and looks like the real deal when healthy, which was almost never in college. He would be boom-or-bust pick at 87 if he couldn’t stay on the field, but a boom at this position would be nice, wouldn’t it?