Chicago Bears’ Post-Free Agency Mock Draft

Chicago Bears' Mock Draft
Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; A general view as the Chicago Bears make a selection in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

After a wild free agency in which even the Chicago Bears made some surprising moves, there are still holes the Bears need to fill. The Bears addressed defense heavily in free agency by adding Robert Quinn to a big deal and adding a bunch of other players at a cheap price to compete for starting positions. On the other hand, the Bears didn’t completely ignore offense as they invested decent money in Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham and Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. Here is the Chicago Bears’ mock draft post-free agency.

Chicago Bears’ NFL Draft Picks

  • Round 2, No. 43 (From Las Vegas Raiders via Khalil Mack trade)
  • Round 2, No. 50
  • Round 5, No. 163
  • Round 6, No. 196
  • Round 6, No. 200 (From Philadelphia Eagles via Jordan Howard trade)
  • Round 7, No. 226 (From Las Vegas Raiders via Khalil Mack trade)
  • Round 7, No. 233

Chicago Bears’ Mock Draft

This Chicago Bears’ Mock Draft will be conducted on The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Machine.

Round 2, Pick 43

Lloyd Cushenberry III, Center, LSU

The Bears currently have Cody Whitehair at center, but it may be in the Bears’ best interest to move him back to guard especially if the Bears grab Cushenberry in the draft. Cushenberry was the anchor of the LSU offensive line for all 15 games this season on the way to their title run. He is a high-character center who according to LSU “plays like a tiger.” Cushenberry is a strong, powerful center who rarely gets bull-rushed because of his incredible core strength. Frequently, Cushenberry was on his own in pass-protection situations and he delivered at a high level. This would make the interior of the Bears offensive line young, powerful, and promising.

Round 2, Pick 50

Cole Kmet, Tight End, Notre Dame

As crazy as it is, the Chicago Bears have nine (yes, nine) tight ends on their roster. Obviously there will be changes there. The main tight ends are two guys who both aren’t clearly long-term options. Trey Burton is always hurt and his contract is almost up while Jimmy Graham is 33 and his contract is also only a two-year deal. Cole Kmet can be the long-term deal and do-it-all tight end the Bears need. Kmet became the key target for Ian Book at Notre Dame catching six touchdown passes and tallying 515 yards on 43 receptions. Kmet needs to improve his blocking to be a do-it-all tight end, but having him learn under Jimmy Graham could really help him elevate his game.

Round 5, Pick 163

Devin Duvernay, Wide Receiver, Texas

Devin Duvernay is the burner wide receiver the Chicago Bears are looking for. The Bears released small, speedy wide receiver Taylor Gabriel after the season ended leaving them with no wide receiver that could take the top off of a defense with his speed. Duvernay is a perfect fit to step in and take this role. Duvernay was a stud for Texas finishing in the top five of the nation with 106 receptions totaling 1,386 yards and nine touchdowns in 13 games. This earned him All-Big 12 honors. Duvernay has great hands, great yards after the catch, and great long speed. He could be the perfect player the Bears could mold to replace Gabriel.

Round 6, Pick 196

Antoine Brooks Jr., Safety, Maryland

Antoine Brooks Jr. is a big, fast, powerful safety that truly hasn’t found his fit as either a strong or a free safety for the NFL. Personally, I believe Brooks would translate best to strong safety in the NFL due to his size, strength, and great instincts. It also helps that Brooks is a former quarterback which gives him great pre-snap recognition. He is a great hitter and tackler who sometimes gets sloppy because of his aggressiveness, but that can be cleaned up. He could develop into a great strong safety and gives me recognition of another Bears’ safety drafted late (Adrian Amos).

Round 6, Pick 200

Dane Jackson, Cornerback, Pittsburgh

Dane Jackson is a great guy Ryan Pace can bring in to compete for the CB2 spot opposite of Kyle Fuller. Currently, the Bears have Tre Roberson, Kevin Toliver II, and Artie Burns to compete for the position, but it wouldn’t hurt to have a rookie with solid ACC production to come to fight for the job as well. Jackson started three seasons at Pitt earning second-team All-ACC honors as a senior. Jackson allowed a mere 42% completion his senior season and broke up 12 passes leading his team. He has great physicality and strength to around to field to slow down route runners and he has outstanding instincts that will translate well to the NFL in both a man and zone scheme.

Round 7, Pick 226

Trevis Gipson, Edge, Tulsa

I actually didn’t realize it, but I also took Gipson in my pre-free agency mock draft as well. Because of this, I will copy my report of him from that one as well.

Trevis Gipson possesses some raw traits and flashes that don’t make him seem like a sixth-round pick. Gipson was very solid at Tulsa with just sloppy technique tallying eight sacks and 15 tackles for a loss along with two forced fumbles to earn himself first-team All-American Athletic Conference accolades. The Bears have another hole at Edge outside of Khalil Mack. Leonard Floyd is great in coverage and run-stopping but awful at rushing the passer. Gipson could be a project for the Bears and a potential diamond-in-the-rough.

The only difference with this assessment now is that the Bears have Robert Quinn opposite of Mack. Gipson could get some great experience from two of the best edge rushers in the NFL learning a thing or two to be a great rotational guy.

Round 7, Pick 233

Cole McDonald, Quarterback, Hawaii

Opposite of Gipson, I selected McDonald knowing I took him in my previous mock as well. McDonald is my late quarterback this draft and I love him. He exudes confidence and just like Gipson, I will copy my assessment from that one as well.

McDonald excelled greatly in the Hawaii pass-happy offensive scheme. He threw for 4,135 yards and 33 touchdowns and added seven more touchdowns on the ground. McDonald was also a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. McDonald throws with great touch and can read a defense very well, but his timing and ball placement are lacking greatly. Again, this late in the draft it’s all about finding diamonds-in-the-rough, so maybe the Bears could find one with McDonald and maybe he can be the next Gardner Minshew.

Although the Bears now have two quarterbacks on their roster, why not take a shot on potentially the next Gardner Minshew? He could be the steal of the draft so I highly recommend taking a shot on him.


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