2020 NFL Draft: Final Chicago Bears Mock Draft with trades

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By GeeSteelio April 20, 2020 0 Comment
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After months of  reading, tape-viewing and arguing among peers – a final mock draft for the Chicago Bears is now completed.

Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace releasing tight end Trey Burton over the weekend, threw what was “thought to be a” final mock right into the trash. Things are now being reconsidered. Ryan Pace’s “tendencies” were thought of, as well as the obvious needs throughout the depth chart.

The only possible way the Bears can achieve any kind of success in this draft is by trading down.  A lot of people think trading down means “losing” a second round pick, but in truth it doesn’t have to be that way. They can move back into the second round and still gain a modest fourth round pick in the process.

In the case of this draft, the Bears have traded back twice in the second round and here are the results:

Pick 43 – traded to Atlanta for the 47th and 143rd (in the 4th round)

Pick 50 – traded to Buffalo for the 54th and 128th (in the 4th round) and 189th (in the sixth round)

Round 2, Pick 47 – Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn

This is a player that because of his “high ceiling” has been mocked at the end of the first round, more than a few times. Igbinoghene is a physical corner with off the charts speed and athleticism. Very raw in terms of playing the position – he came to Auburn as a wide out and transitioned to corner, but is an above average tackler who is always around the action.

Igbinoghene is more of a physical corner, which fits the mold of the Chicago Bears – when you think of the ones before him in Peanut Tillman and Kyle Fuller. He has great recovery speed and is fearless in run support.

On top of all that he is also a return specialist – just something else to add to his arsenal.  He is a player who can start at CB2 and work his way to being the top corner in Chicago for years to come.

Round 2, Pick 54 – K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State

The Bears need a speedy play-maker. Someone who can stretch the field, and someone who can be effective in Nagy’s playbook when it comes to sweeps, screens, etc.

KJ Hamler is a “gamer” if there ever was one. Small in stature? Yeah sure, but you cant touch what you cant catch.

Hamler went up against quality secondary play in the BIG10 and was always able to move the chains. Hamler can catch in traffic and most impressively made plays when it was obvious the ball was going to him.    Burning corners deep and making great angled cuts in open space are things he effortlessly brings to the table. No matter who the QB is for the Bears this year. This is the guy who can open up things for this offense in a major way.  The Bears have been trying to force other pieces into this role (Taylor Gabriel, Tarik Cohen) but with Hamler – it’s his natural spot.

Having a player like Hamler is exactly the piece Nagy needs in this offense and he can open up things for the emerging wide-out Anthony Miller.

Out of all the guys in this draft – Hamler comes closest to being the one we need most.

Round 4, Pick 128: Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri

Okwuegbunam was mentioned in a previous article on TheBrawlNetwork as being a possibility for the Bears at tight end. In light of recent events, it may be time to already revisit that thought. Getting Okwuegbunam in the fourth round is a steal when you see his upside.  His blocking is actually underrated for his position and he has wide-receiver speed (ran a forty-time of 4.49).  There was a drop off in production from his sophomore year to his junior year (43 rec and 466 yards to 26 rec and 306 yards) but that was mostly due to the departure of quarterback Drew Lock.

Round 4, Pick 143: Julian Blackmon, S, Utah

With the 143rd pick, Julian Blackmon seems like a good fit.  The Bears currently have Deon Bush starting at strong safety, but Blackmon would provide good competition for the spot.

Blackmon has decent man coverage skills but what really sells him at the strong safety spot is that he is aggressive and one of the best finishers within the safety position prospects.  He can play up at the line and if needed, being a former corner, and with his kind of physical play would fit perfectly into the nickel position.

Round 5, Pick 163: Joe Reed, WR, Virginia

Another receiver? Yes. Although tempted to go offensive line here, when looking at BPA – Reed is an underappreciated talent in this draft.  If Reed was on a team that had an offense, his numbers wouldn’t look as regular as they did: 77 receptions, 679 yards and 7 touchdowns. Reed has good hands, good speed and finds great angles in open space. He, much like the previously mentioned Hamler, isn’t afraid to take snaps in the backfield, or do work as a special teams returner either. This is another weapon for an offense that was lacking a lot  last season.

Round 6, Pick 189: Stanford Samuels, CB, Florida State

The Bears secondary only has two pieces in place, Kyle Fuller and Eddie Jackson, which are the unquestionable starters but there is need for depth in this secondary.  Adding someone like Samuels is a definite upgrade – and at great value with the 189th pick.  Unlike the previous two DB’s taken in this mock, Samuels is less physical and relies on his technique. . . but thankfully he has good technique to fall back on. Samuels seem to welcome going up against good competition, competes for jump balls and his instincts on tape seem to be ready for the next level.

Round 6, Pick 196: Jon Runyan, G, Michigan

This is a good spot for Runyan to land at, and a good spot to get a rotational piece that with good coaching could eventually become a starter.  He was a Big 10 all first team offensive lineman in 2018 and 2019 for the Wolverines. He will do a lot better in helping out in the run game than the passing attack though – that much is obvious.

Round 6, Pick 200: Trey Adams, T, Washington

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At Pick 201, take this gamble. He might even end up in the seventh round, and could even go un-drafted – but both of those notions are just insane.  Does he have injury concerns? – Yes. ACL tear in 2017, followed by a bulging disc but returned in 2019, started every game for the Huskies and  finished the season with All Pac-12 honors.  For a team with offensive line woes like the Bears, this is a gamble worth taking – the upside is a starting tackle.

Round 7, Pick 226: Oluwole Betiku, EDGE, Illinois

This is a former USC five star recruit, who transferred over to Illinois and helped them become one of the “surprise” teams in College Football. A freakishly athletic big man, who can pose damage in the right spots on a defense’s rotation.

Round 7, Pick 233: Raymond Calais, RB, Louisiana-Lafayette

Over here, just picking a fast back with some upside seems like an okay decision. If you watched him play, you can see him excel in open space. Calais is a small and speedy back who can do a lot of what Cohen does, and although small in stature, not afraid of contact.

 

 


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