Up until the draft, I am going to create a weekly mock draft. The last two mock drafts were conducted on The Draft Network and both of them were pretty similar. In order to avoid the similarity, this mock draft was conducted on NFL Mock Draft Database. This new one allowed me to conduct trades along with giving me a different ranking system. Here is the Chicago Bears’ 2020 Mock Draft 3.0.
Chicago Bears’ NFL Draft Picks
This includes trades I made:
- Round 2, No. 50
- Round 2, No. 55 (from Baltimore Ravens via trade)
- Round 3, No. 103 (from Philadelphia Eagles via trade)
- Round 4, No. 131 (from Arizona Cardinals via trade)
- Round 5, No. 154 (from Arizona Cardinals via trade)
- Round 6, No. 197
- Round 6, No. 201 (From Philadelphia Eagles via Jordan Howard trade)
- Round 7, No. 227 (From Las Vegas Raiders via Khalil Mack trade)
- Round 7, No. 234
It is quite obvious this draft was conducted very aggressively with trades. As general manager, I wanted to get more early picks in order to get some quality competition. In order to do that, I traded back multiple times with three different teams.
Chicago Bears’ 2020 Mock Draft 3.0
As previously stated, this draft will be conducted on NFL Mock Draft Database.
Round 2, Pick 50
Lucas Niang, Offensive Tackle, TCU
After surrendering the 43rd overall pick to the Ravens, pick number 50 became the first pick for the Chicago Bears. The Bears’ offensive line was arguably the worst part of their entire team in the 2019 season. It seemed that everyone on that line regressed especially the offensive tackles. Lucas Niang is a very versatile and smart offensive tackle in a deep draft. He had surgery in November which may be the biggest concern about him. He’s a great run blocker who uses his athleticism very well. He has very solid instincts and awareness as a pass protector, but he still needs work to cover the edge rushers at the next level. Niang could develop into a stud that takes over for Bobby Massie if Massie’s struggles continue.
Round 2, Pick 55
Jeremy Chinn, Safety, Southern Illinois
It’s not often an FCS player gets selected early in the draft. Chinn is a big, fast, athletic safety that could be a star as a box safety in the NFL. The 6’3, 220-pound safety loves to fly all over the field. He’s a great tackler and good in man coverage. He is at his best when he is instinctively making plays and not sitting back as a free safety. Chinn has a few things to learn before he truly develops, so he may have to sit a year or two and learn behind a solid strong safety before he is ready to take over. Director of Senior Bowl Jim Nagy compared Chinn to Kam Chancellor and Lance Zierlein compared him to Harrison Smith.
Round 3, Pick 103
Albert Okwuegbunam, Tight End, Missouri
Albert Okwuegbunam, or “Chuks,” is a physical specimen to say the least. Okwuegbunam at 6’5, 258 ran a 4.49 40 yard dash. In a relatively weak tight end class, Okwuegbunam may have the highest ceiling of all the tight end prospects. He is very raw and needs a lot of work to live up to his size, speed, and athleticism. At Missouri, he broke out in 2018 as a redshirt sophomore, but in his redshirt junior year, he struggled with injuries. He still led his team in touchdowns. Okwuegbunam may benefit from sitting a few seasons behind Jimmy Graham and Trey Burton learning from two guys who have done well at the tight end position before. He has a really high ceiling, but he is a boom-or-bust player. He was a second-team All-SEC as a freshman and junior.
Round 4, Pick 131
Keith Ismael, Interior Offensive Lineman, San Diego State
If the Bears manage to get Keith Ismael, that would mean the Bears have three guys on their roster that can play both center and guard (Cody Whitehair and James Daniels). This would be great for the team to have if injuries happen. Back in 2018, Ismael started all over the line with five starts as a right guard, six at center, and one at left guard. Ismael would be great competition for newly acquired Germain Ifedi at the right guard position. Ismael is a very technical blocker who is solid all around. He isn’t a freak of nature by any means, but he is very solid in many areas of speed, quickness, power, movement, etc. Ismael has earned first-team All-Mountain West accolades in both 2018 and 2019.
Round 5, Pick 154
Anthony Gordon, Quarterback, Washington State
In both of the previous mock drafts, I selected my favorite quarterback in Cole McDonald. This time, I chose to change it up. Anthony Gordon didn’t come onto the scene until this season due to backing up Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew. Gordon, fortunately, stuck it out and it paid off for him. He led the nation in pass attempts (689), completions (493), ranked fourth in the FBS in completion percentage (71.6%), and ranked second in both passing yards (5,579) and passing touchdowns (48) only trailing Joe Burrow in both. Gordon may come from the same system as Minshew, but he does lack field awareness and the ability to read a defense the way Minshew does. Gordon does though have great touch on the ball, good delivery, and he sits in the pocket and goes through his progressions well. He would be a project more than likely and he could potentially turn into a great quarterback especially if the Bears are ready to move on from Mitchell Trubisky. I would have taken a receiver here, but I knew I could get the guy I wanted in the next round.
Round 6, Pick 197
Quez Watkins, Wide Receiver, Southern Miss
Quez Watkins is exactly the wide receiver the Bears need. After losing Taylor Gabriel, the Bears opened up a hole in the speedy X wide receiver position. Watkins would fill that perfectly. Watkins had the second-fastest 40 yard dash time at the NFL combine with a 4.35. He became an absolute star and explosive playmaker for Southern Miss over the last two seasons earning All-Conference USA honors in both of those seasons. With good size and speed, he could be a great deep threat for this Chicago Bears’ offense that’s in need of someone who can take the top off of a defense.
Round 6, Pick 201
Alex Taylor, Offensive Tackle, South Carolina State
Alex Taylor was not much of a football player in high school. He only played 17 games as he focused on being a star basketball player. Taylor first started at Appalachian State but then transferred to South Carolina State to play basketball. He returned to football in 2018 to play for South Carolina State. That season, he started all 11 games at right tackle earning third-team All-MEAC honors. The next season, he started all 11 as well earning first-team All-MEAC honors and third-team All-American honors as well. Clearly, with his experience, Taylor will be a project. His measurables are very impressive being 6’8″, 308 pounds running a 5.09 40 yard dash. If he improves his technique, he could develop into a real solid starter.
Round 6, Pick 203
Lavert Hill, Cornerback, Michigan
Hill is a small press corner who seems to pass the eye test on a lot of things except long speed. He is very aggressive and has good discipline, but he is just too small to play outside corner at the next level. The expectation is that he could go inside and possibly become a solid slot corner and cover short zones in order to not have to deal with deeper routes as much. It’s hard to tell if the move inside will be good for him, but that’s why taking a shot on a sixth-round pick is worth it; it can pay off. He was a first-team All-Big Ten as a junior and senior and as a junior, he was third-team AP All-American. He could learn under Buster Skrine for a year or two and then take over once Skrine leaves.
Round 7, Pick 227
JaMycal Hasty, Running Back, Baylor
JaMycal Hasty is a solid receiving back out of the backfield. He has proven that he is a good receiver out of the backfield for Baylor. He redshirted his first year at Baylor but then played all four years. Hasty is expected to just compete for a spot on the Bears as a third-down receiving back. He’s very good at releasing out of the backfield and protecting a quarterback looking to throw. Hasty was never a full-time starter at Baylor, but all the people there had high praise for him saying he was tough, dependable, and extremely smart. The Bears could use that in their backfield as neither of the running backs were very dependable this past season.
Round 7, Pick 234
Oluwole Betiku Jr, EDGE, Illinois
Coming out of high school, Betiku was one of the most sought after recruits. After being recruited by almost all of the schools, he chose USC. In his first two seasons, Betiku only played in 14 games registering two tackles then missed all of 2018 due to a hip injury. He then chose to transfer to Illinois to play for Lovie Smith. In his year there, he tore it up. In 10 games, he tallied 36 tackles, 13 for a loss, nine sacks, and seven quarterback hurries. The problem lies in his injury as he missed three games with it and missed all of 2018. There clearly isn’t a whole lot of tape on him which worries a lot of scouts, but he has talent and could be worth the late-round flier.
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