Chicago Bears’ Mock Draft 4.0

As the mock draft for the Chicago Bears has now been conducted on two different websites, a third website was used. The first and second mock drafts were both completed on The Draft Network, which is a great site. The problem with this site is you are not allowed to conduct trades unless you have a premium account. Because of this, I switched over to NFL Mock Draft Database to allow myself to trade. To get a different draft, I used Pro Football Network, which also allows trades. Here is the Chicago Bears’ Mock Draft 4.0.

Chicago Bears’ NFL Draft Picks

First, here are the trades I made during the draft:

  • Chicago Bears send pick no. 43 to the Baltimore Ravens for pick no. 60 and pick no. 92
  • Chicago Bears send pick no. 60 (via Baltimore), pick no. 163, and pick no. 200 to the New York Jets for pick no. 68 and pick no. 120.

With these picks, I now have picks…

  • 50 (Round 2)
  • 68 (Round 3)
  • 92 (Round 3)
  • 120 (Round 4)
  • 196 (Round 6)
  • 226 (Round 7)
  • 233 (Round 7)

Biggest Needs:

  • Interior Offensive Lineman
  • Offensive Tackle
  • Safety
  • Cornerback
  • Wide Receiver

Chicago Bears’ Mock Draft 4.0

Round 2, Pick 50

Antoine Winfield Jr. | Safety | Minnesota

Simply put, Antoine Winfield Jr. is built like a brick house. He is only 5’9″, but he is powerful. Winfield instantly made an impact at Minnesota starting nine games as a true freshman. After his freshman season, he suffered injuries in both 2017 and 2018 only playing in four games in each season. In 2019 he played all 13 games leading Minnesota with 88 tackles (three sacks), seven interceptions, and two forced fumbles. This earned him first-team Associated Press All-American honors as well as first-team Big-10 All-Conference honors.

This upcoming draft has a lot of safeties that could potentially step in and start instantly next to All-Pro free safety Eddie Jackson, but Winfield would make a great selection. Winfield will fill the void left by Adrian Amos in 2018 as a true stud box safety. He has great natural instincts and he loves to fly to the ball. He’s a tough and intelligent strong safety that will transition well to the NFL.

Round 3, Pick 68 (via NYJ)

Prince Tega Wanogho | Offensive Tackle | Auburn

Prince Tega Wanogho has both an interesting name and an interesting journey to the NFL Draft. Tega Wanogho originally started his athletic career in Nigeria swimming, playing soccer, and playing basketball. He then received a scholarship to play basketball at Edgewood Academy in Alabama where he started playing football to stay in shape. His football career then took off from there. He started seven games at left tackle as a redshirt sophomore. He then started 13 games as a junior and 12 as a senior at left tackle. Mechanically, Tega Wanogho has some work, but he is a naturally good pass blocker that could use some work in the run-blocking department. He possess great athletic ability, but his only issues seem to be experience and technique.

The Bears need offensive tackle help, bad. Charles Leno was top three last season in penalties while Bobby Massie struggled all year long. Tega Wanogho has the potentially to usurp Leno from his starting job. He could be a long-term solution to the Bears offensive line issues.

Round 3, Pick 92 (via BAL)

Matt Hennessy | Interior Offensive Lineman | Temple

After being an offensive tackle throughout high school, Matt Hennessy made the switch to center at Temple, and it paid off greatly for him. Hennessy started each of the past three seasons only missing four games due to injury. His final season, Hennessy was a third-team Associated Press All-American, first-team All-American Athletic Conference, and a finalist for the Remington trophy (award for the nations’ best center). He moves very well for a center and is very athletic. He has below average physical traits, but he could develop into a solid starter.

With the retirement of Kyle Long, the Bears need someone to be ready to go into the lineup as soon as possible. With Cody Whitehair and James Daniels already on the team, Hennessy can push Germain Ifedi for the starting job on the interior of the line. Whitehair and Daniels can both play guards while Hennessy plays tackles. It could also be a good thing to have Hennessy sit for a year or two and learn the system before he’s ready to take over.

Round 4, Pick 120 (via NYJ)

Cameron Dantzler | Cornerback | Mississippi State

Cameron Dantzler developed into an SEC star at Mississippi State. Dantzler was a high school quarterback before going to Mississippi State. While in college, Dantzler started two seasons playing all of 2018 and missing a few games in 2019 starting only nine games. Dantzler tied the team lead with two interceptions while also tallying eight pass breakups and 40 tackles. He is a stud in pass coverage, but his tackling ability is lacking greatly. He loves to play in man-press using his long size and strength to suffocate the route from beginning to end.

With Prince Amukamara being cut after this season, it opened up a competition for the starting cornerback job opposite of All-Pro Kyle Fuller. The Bears already have a solid competition with Kevin Toliver II, Artie Burns, and Tre Roberson, but Dantzler can develop into a stud cornerback and would be a perfect fit opposite of Fuller since Fuller prefers to play off of his defender while Dantzler can press.

Round 6, Pick 196

Oluwole Betiku Jr | Edge | Illinois

Along with Tega Wanogho, Oluwole Betiku Jr. moved to the United States to play sports as well. Betiku left Nigeria as a sophomore in high school. In Nigeria, he played soccer and was a boxer. He then picked up football as a junior in high school instantly becoming a star. He finished high school as the no. 15 recruit in the nation committing to USC. He wasn’t favorable at USC earning little playing time and struggling with injuries so he transferred to Illinois. He earned third-team All-Big 10 honors playing in 10 games tallying 36 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, nine sacks, and seven quarterback hurries. After that, he wanted to prove he’s ready for the next level entering the NFL Draft although he has two years of eligibility remaining. Betiku is a raw athlete with a lot of potential. He played defensive end at Illinois, but with his size is expected to be a 3-4 outside linebacker.

Outside of stars Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn, the Bears don’t have a lot of firepower at edge. They added Barkevious Mingo this offseason as a special teams piece. Betiku is a great addition to the Bears. He is a project edge rusher and who better to learn from than Mack and Quinn, two of the best in the NFL? He’s a hard worker that prides himself on his heart and love for the game.

Round 7, Pick 226

Jon Runyan Jr. | Offensive Guard | Michigan

The son of former Pro Bowl right tackle, Jon Runyan Jr. seems to be headed to the NFL as well to create a career of his own. He didn’t earn much playing time until his redshirt sophomore season in which he appeared in nine games. Runyan started every game in both 2018 and 2019 for the Wolverines at left tackle. He earned first-team All-Big 10 honors both of those seasons. Runyan expects to make a switch to guard for the NFL. He has great protection experience at tackle from playing at Michigan, so expect those traits to transition well to guard.

As previously stated, the Bears need depth and competition all over the offensive line. With Runyan, his ability to play both tackle and learning to play guard will help him greatly in the NFL and could give the Bears a lot of flexibility along their offensive line with players able to play anywhere on the line.

Round 7, Pick 233

Patrick Taylor Jr. | Running Back | Memphis

Last season, Memphis saw both Tony Pollard and Darrell Henderson enter the NFL. Henderson struggled to earn time, but Pollard, although being a late-round pick, showed a lot of potential behind Ezekiel Elliot. When Pollard was at Memphis, Taylor actually was the main back playing alongside Henderson while Pollard was mainly used as a wide receiver. In both 2017 and 2018, he shared the light with Henderson. In 2018, Taylor carried the rock 214 times for 1,122 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also added 17 catches for 197 yards and two touchdowns. He was set to take the full reigns in 2019 until an ankle injury limited him to six games. Taylor still posted an impressive line of 78 carries for 350 and five touchdowns.

The Bears currently only have second-year back David Montgomery, gadget running back Tarik Cohen, and Ryan Nall who has barely played. The Bears need more running backs in the room to compete for playing time as the Bears had one of the worst rushing attacks in the NFL. Taylor is a great late-round option that can give at least some solid third-down work and goal line work.

Conclusion

I unfortunately didn’t get a speed wide receiver. None that I really liked fell to me where I was selecting picks. Overall, this addresses every aspect of the offense that needs a major improvement as soon as possible.


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Joseph Herff
College student trying to make a name for myself in the sports writing industry.

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