The Bears are going back to the drawing board this off-season. The Bears just hired safety coach Sean Desai as their new defensive coordinator. Now that the coaching staff is nearly set, the Bears need to resign some of their free agents, like Allen Robinson, and prepare for the upcoming NFL draft. Check out a Chicago Bears mock draft below.
Notable free agents: Allen Robinson, Mario Edwards, Cairo Santos, Cordarrelle Patterson
That leads the Bears back to the NFL draft. After making it to the first round of the NFC playoffs this past season, the Bears are stuck with the 20th pick in the NFL draft. Check out the team’s roster by positional needs, and who they could take in this Chicago Bears mock draft.
Top positions include… QB, OT, OG, SS, ILB, WR
Chicago Bears Mock Draft
Current Quarterbacks: Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles, Tyler Bray
Trey Lance, North Dakota State, 6’4’ 227 lbs
Mac Jones, Alabama, 6’3” 214 lbs
The quarterback situation has not worked out for the Bears. The Bears in recent history have signed Mike Glennon, who played four games. Then, the Bears traded up for Mitch Trubisky, passing on Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes. This season, the Bears brought in Nick Foles, who went 2-5 on the season.
Trey Lance, the sophomore out of North Dakota State, had a breakout year this season in the Missouri Valley Conference. He threw for nearly 3,000 yards, 28 touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Lance has mobility and arm strength with a strong build. Lance will likely be snagged in the first round.
Mac Jones, in his third season, threw for 4,500 yards, 41 touchdowns, and just four interceptions. Plus, he is the most recent National Champion of College Football. There are concerns about his athleticism and outstanding supporting cast, but Jones has an accurate arm and is a true quarterback. Jones could see the second round of the draft.
Current Starters: Charles Leno LT, Cody Whitehair LG, Sam Mustipher C, Rashaad Coward RG, Germain Ifedi RT – Alex Bars, James Daniels, Jason Spriggs, Lachavious Simmons
Alex Leatherwood, Alabama, 6’6” 310 lbs
Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma, 6’5” 316 lbs
Walker Little, Stanford 6’7” 310 lbs
Alex Leatherwood, offensive tackle for Alabama, is a massive 6’6” 310-pound lineman that can protect well in the pass and run game. Considering he was part of the line that helped them win a National Championship title, he will be solid in the NFL. He will most likely be taken in the late first-round or early second.
Creed Humphrey, an interior lineman from Oklahoma, could make a great fit with David Montgomery and the Bears’ power run scheme. He has started in every game for three years at Oklahoma and is a large 6’5” 316-pound athlete.
Walker Little, the 6’7” 310-pound offensive tackle, is a bonus third-round type fit for the Bears, if they decide to stretch their third round needs to the offensive line. He is a great edge protector, playing left tackle for the Stanford Cardinals.
Current Safeties: Eddie Jackson, Teshaun Gipson Jr., DeAndre Houston-Carson, Sherrick McManis
Possible Draft Picks:
Divine Deablo, Auburn, 6’3″ 227 lbs
Jamien Sherwood, Virginia Tech, 6’2″ 220 lbs
The safeties struggled this season. Eddie Jackson had a significant down year, allowing over 400 passing yards when targeted and a 67% completion rate to opponents. Pagano’s scheme hurt him, as he blitzed in double-digits for the first time in his career, and was focused on the run game. Gipson allowed just under 400 yards when targeted and a 64% completion rate too.
Both Divine Deablo and Jamien Sherwood have tremendous size, each measuring around 6’3” in height. They are better suited for a run defense type scheme but have unlimited potential in deep pass coverage. As later-round picks, they would both be projects, but worth the pick.
Current ILB: Roquan Smith, Josh Woods, Danny Trevathan, Joel Iyiegbuniwe
Garrett Wallow, TCU, 6’2” 230 lbs
Caleb Kelly, Oklahoma, 6’3” 225 lbs
Outside of Roquan Smith being an All-Pro snub, the Bears’ inside linebackers had a tough year. Danny Trevathan allowed nearly 600 yards passing, a 78% completion percentage to opponents, and 12.5 yards per completion. In the few games Josh Woods played while Roquan was hurt, he gave up 80% of passes thrown towards him for 42 yards, and one touchdown.
Garrett Wallow and Caleb Kelly are the best pass protection linebackers in this portion of the draft. In round six, the Bears should think about improving their linebacker situation because their pass protection was brutal on the second level.
Current Receivers: Allen Robinson, Darnell Mooney, Anthony Miller, Javon Wims, Riley Ridley, Deandre Carter
Austin Watkins, UAB, 6’3” 210 lbs
Frank Darby, Arizona Stae, 6’1” 200 lbs
The front office’s stubbornness towards Allen Robinson is heavily indicative that Robinson will find a new team in the offseason. While that is certainly not the right move because Allen Robinson is the Bears’ best offensive asset, the front office will have to rebuild their receiving core. The Bears have taken four receivers in the last three drafts, so they should go for one in free agency, like Will Fuller or Juju Smith-Schuster.
Watkins and Darby are last round selections that have height and physical ability, similar to the playing style of Allen Robinson. The Bears have gone with short and quick route runners (Tyreek Hill-esque for Andy Reid’s system) out of the draft, but it has not worked out.
Let’s hope the Bears’ front office can “collaborate” (a word the Bears’ front office used multiple times in their press conference) to help the Bears improve from their last two years.