The NFL Draft is finally less than a week away! The Chicago Bears’ have some good capital to make some solid moves and put themselves into contenders, so all should be excited about that regardless if they have a first-round pick or not. As the draft is less than a week away, this is my fifth and final Chicago Bears’ mock draft of the 2020 offseason. I conducted this draft on NFL Mock Draft Database allowing myself to use trades. After using multiple websites, this was by far the best database I used. Here is the Chicago Bears’ Mock Draft 5.0.
Chicago Bears’ NFL Draft Picks
First, here are the trades I made during the draft:
- Chicago Bears send pick no. 50 to the Tennessee Titans for pick no. 61 and 93.
- Chicago Bears send pick no. 93 (via TEN) to the New England Patriots for pick no. 100 and 125.
- Chicago Bears send pick no. 201 and 234 to the Dallas Cowboys for pick no. 165.
I wanted to be very trade heavy to accumulate picks, but once the fifth round came around, there were two players on the board I really wanted, so I traded a sixth and a seventh for a fifth.
Here is the summary of the draft.
|5||164||Alex Taylor||OT||South Carolina St.|
|5||165||Darrynton Evans||RB||Appalachian St.|
|6||197||Justin Strnad||LB||Wake Forest|
|7||227||Oluwole Betiku Jr.||Edge||Illinois|
Biggest Needs (No particular order):
- Interior Offensive Lineman
- Offensive Tackle
- Wide Receiver
Chicago Bears’ Mock Draft 5.0
Round 2, Pick 43
Jalen Reagor | Wide Receiver | TCU
Before the draft started, I planned to trade back here. Then I saw Jalen Reagor’s name on the top of the board and without hesitation, I took him. Even though in my opinion wide receiver isn’t the biggest need for the Bears, but Reagor is a stud. I haven’t taken a receiver in the first two picks yet in any of my mocks, but Reagor is different. He’s the exact kind of wide receiver the Bears need on the roster. Reagor is a burner with amazing playmaking ability. He would be a perfect fit to be the deep threat ‘X’ wide receiver the Bears need to start alongside Allen Robinson. He struggled to get the ball with the horrendous quarterback play, but when he had the ball he was electric.
At TCU, Reagor impacted immediately. In 2017, Reagor won Big 12 Co-Offensive Freshman of the Year. He led the Horned Frogs with 33 receptions for 576 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in 14 games with only two of those he started in. The next season, he was second-team All-Big 12 and the TCU MVP. He started in 11 of his 13 games tallying 72 receptions for 1,061 yards and nine touchdowns. He also contributed as a rusher with 13 carries for 170 yards and two touchdowns. In 2019, his production fell off because of poor quarterback play when he had 43 catches for 611 yards, and five touchdowns in 12 starts. He still earned second-team All-Big 12 honors as both a receiver and kick returner.
Round 2, Pick 61 (via TEN)
Kyle Dugger | Safety | Lenoir-Rhyne
It’s already hard enough to find a safety with all elite athletic traits (size, speed, explosiveness, and production) at a major division one school. Kyle Dugger has it and he went to a division two school. You can tell by watching the film, Dugger is lightyears ahead of the talent level for division two and he’s ready for the next level. His size and speed would be perfect to compete for the strong safety position on the Bears. With Deon Bush being the only guy that could start at strong safety for the Bears, Dugger could confidently compete with Bush for that job.
Dugger backed up his athleticism on the stat sheet. He was second-team all-conference in 2017 after making 87 tackles and one interception to go along with six pass breakups in 10 starts. The next season in 2018, he was first-team all-conference tallying 76 tackles, three interceptions, 10 pass breakups, three fumble recoveries, and two forced fumbles. In his senior season, he only played in seven games due to an injury and still earned second-team All-American honors and first-team all-conference honors getting 31 tackles and two interceptions.
Round 3, Pick 100 (via NE)
Damien Lewis | Offensive Guard | LSU
Part of the best line in the country, Damien Lewis helped pave the way for Joe Burrow and Clyde Edwards-Helaire en route to a 2019 championship destroying every team on the way. With the Bears struggle at the right guard position last season and in the run game last season, the Bears need help there badly. The Bears added Germain Ifedi this offseason to compete, but Ifedi was top five in the NFL in penalties each of the last three seasons. Lewis is a great run-blocking prospect who needs help in the pass blocking category. With the Bears’ quick pass game and heavy zone rushing scheme, Lewis could be a great fit in the right guard hole.
Lewis initially went to junior college at Northwest Mississippi Community College before joining LSU. There, he earned second-team All-American honors in both seasons leading to his signing at LSU to be their starting right guard. In both seasons, Lewis did not miss a game playing in 13 his junior year and 15 his senior year. He earned second-team All-SEC in 2019 being a part of the Joe Moore Award-winning LSU offensive line for the best starting five linemen in the country.
Round 4, Pick 125 (via NE)
Dane Jackson | Cornerback | Pitt
Dane Jackson has been mocked to the Bears in my previous mocks before. He is a three-year started for the Panthers who never missed a game in his college career. Personally, I have a soft spot for physical corners especially since that’s what the Bears need opposite of Kyle Fuller since he plays off. Jackson has great physicality and hand fighting all around the field. He has great ball skills and instincts, but the only real question is his speed to stick with the fast NFL wide receivers. If anything, he could be a solid backup for whoever wins the job opposite of Fuller.
As a three-year started for Pitt, Jackson played solid every season there. As a freshman, he started three of the 12 games making 18 tackles and getting one interception that was returned for a touchdown. In 2017 as a sophomore, he earned the starting job starting all 12 games tallying 40 tackles, two interceptions, and nine pass breakups. As a junior, he didn’t create any interceptions, but he still earned honorable mention All-ACC honors getting 47 tackles, 14 pass breakups, and four forced fumbles (conference-best). His senior season he was lock-down as he only allowed a 42% completion when targeted breaking up 12 passes and one interception. He also had 43 tackles.
Round 5, Pick 164
Alex Taylor | Offensive Tackle | South Carolina State
Alex Taylor is a project offensive tackle. He is a very athletic offensive tackle with great length and size. He has great potential and showed it playing for the Bulldogs. With the Bears’ offensive tackle struggles last season in Bobby Massie and Charles Leno, Taylor could develop into a solid tackle that could replace either of them with some work on technique and overall strength. If anything, he is a solid depth piece ready if either Massie or Leno would be able to go down.
Before college, Taylor only played 17 games of football as he loved the game of basketball. He went to Appalachian State to play football and redshirted and played only four games as a reserve. Taylor then decided to transfer to South Carolina State with the chance to play basketball again. He returned to play football once again in 2018 after not getting a lot of playing time on the basketball team. As a junior, he was third-team All-Conference starting every game. The following season, he started every game again earning himself third-team Associated Press All-American honors and first-team all-conference honors.
Round 5, Pick 165 (via DAL)
Darrynton Evans | Running Back | Appalachian State
I had not heard much of Darrynton Evans until Alex Simpson of Overtime Heroics told me about him. I knew he was an electric running back for the Mountaineers, but after watching the film, he could be a diamond in the rough running back. With David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen both struggling last season, they could use another guy who can do-it-all that can compete for some playing time. Evans is that guy. He has the size, explosiveness, speed, vision, shiftiness, and more to be a workhorse back in the NFL. Evans is a great fit for a zone-scheme offense, which is what the Bears run and is one of the most underrated players in this draft.
Evans shined like a star at Appalachian State. He played every season on campus there. As a freshman in 2016, Evans saw the field in a limited capacity only getting 48 carries for 217 yards. In 2017, he was forced to redshirt due to a knee injury, but he came back in 2018 better than ever. He got 179 carries for 1,187 yards and seven touchdowns while catching 12 passes and adding another touchdown. This earned him first-team all-conference. The next season was even better as he had 255 carries for 1,480 yards and 18 touchdowns. He added another five touchdowns as a receiver catching 21 passes. Evans was also a great kickoff returning a kick for a touchdown in each season he played.
Round 6, Pick 197
Justin Strnad | Linebacker | Wake Forest
One of the biggest issues with the Bears right now that people are forgetting about is depth at inside linebacker. Both Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan missed time due to injuries and both Nick Kwiatkoski and Kevin Pierre-Louis left to other teams. That means their sole backup is Joel Iyiegbuniwe. They need depth here and special team help since both of these guys were solid on special teams. Justin Strnad can be that guy for the Bears. Strnad lacks the size to be a starting inside linebacker, but he can fly around the field. He’s extremely aggressive and an explosive athlete. Strnad needs better play recognition at the next level if he wants to start ever.
He was known for being great on special teams as it showed in 2017 when he led the team in special team tackles and interceptions (three). Strnad still racked up 51 tackles and 4.5 sacks that season without even starting a game. After that, he earned a starting job. He started all of 2018 leading the team with 105 tackles. He also added five pass breakups. This earned him honorable mention All-ACC honors. His senior season was cut short by a torn right bicep. He started strong tallying 69 tackles, an interception, and four pass breakups in only seven starts.
Round 7, Pick 227
Oluwole Betiku Jr. | Edge | Illinois
Oluwole Betiku Jr. 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.
Oluwole Betiku Jr. moved to the United States to play sports. 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.
To Sum Up
I enjoyed having my last mock draft be the best one yet. I hit every major need and even some minor needs like running back, inside linebacker, and edge. In addition to this, I had never drafted a wide receiver early in any mock I did, so I felt iffy taking Reagor that early. After that, the draft fell perfectly into place. This may not be what Ryan Pace does, but come draft night, we have to put our trust into his hands.
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