2014 NFL Mock Draft: How badly do the Chicago Bears want Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald?

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With the NFL's Draft day fast approaching, Aaron Donald has gained quite a bit of attention since Pitt's season ended. His draft status was previously a question mark, but over the last month or so, Donald has appeared to be a virtual lock to be taken in the first round.

Not only that, but Donald is projected by many to be the best defensive tackle in the draft. He's also widely seen as the second best defensive lineman, including the ends, available.

One of the teams most rumored to be interested in his services is the Chicago Bears. Their interest is being documented enough places that they seem to be at least a potential franchise that would take the defensive tackle. But ESPN's Todd McShay says it goes deeper than that. He somewhat jokingly said that if Donald were taken off the board by then, it would be a 'panic' situation:

According to Todd McShay, the Chicago Bears are targeting Aaron Donald with their first selection in the NFL draft. If Donald were to be taken before the Bears selected, there would be "panic" in the Bears war room. PANIC.

There are other highly-regarded tackles, so McShay's comment means that despite other available players such as Florida State's Timmy Jernigan, Chicago may just really high on him. The other thing of note is that McShay says it kind of flippantly as well, so it's hard to tell just how serious he is. We'll have to see how this plays out, but if Donald is still on the board when Chicago picks at No. 14, that could be his landing spot. Trading up would also be an option for the Bears if they're extremely enamored with his game.

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