Even after adding two cornerbacks, a safety, and a defensive lineman in the offseason via free agency, the focus of the Chicago Bears draft seems to be on the defensive side of the ball. Which makes sense because, while the team added depth and raised the floor of expectations with veteran additions, the Bears didn’t add much in terms of high-upside talent.
This draft can change that.
- We’ll kick-off with Chad Reuter’s five-round mock, in which the Bears use three of their six picks on defensive standouts. We’ve spent a lot of time discussing the pros of adding Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen to the Bears, but the idea of adding two more secondary players to the mix is more intriguing here. Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie is a fringe first or second round pick who could be an impact talent at a position that needs it, while Michigan State safety Montae Nicholson going in the fifth wouldn’t fit the high-upside addition, but instead add depth to the rotation.
- The three offensive players Reuter has mocked to the Bears are interesting, too. Florida State’s Roderick Johnson going in the third round could be a value pick for a team looking to turn the tackle position from a weakness to a strength. While fourth-round picks Amara Darboh (Michigan) and Adam Shaheen (Ashland (Ohio) University) could be pass-catching options for quarterback Mike Glennon at wide receiver and tight end, respectively.
- If the three-round mock put together by Dieter Kurtenbach of FOX Sports pans out for the Bears, they would be well on their way to another high grade from the pundits. Kurtenbach has the Bears picking secondary studs with their first two picks in Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore and Washington safety Budda Baker. And to top it all off, Senior Bowl standout Zay Jones is mocked to be available in the third round and taken by the Bears at 67. If the Bears’ draft unfolded in this way, it would address needs with high-floor, high-ceiling players they couldn’t snag in free agency.
- Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune shared his first mock draft, and he also has the Bears picking Lattimore with the third overall pick. After settling for Marcus Cooper and Prince Amukamara in free agency, Chicago could use a cornerback with the kind of upside Lattimore possesses. If he can stay healthy, of course.
- In another first, Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post based his first mock on a combination of his own tape study and what he believes teams will do with their picks. Wolfe mocks Jonathan Allen to the Bears and gives the front office some free advice in the process: “Don’t overthink it.”
- Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report has the Bears picking a different defensive lineman, zeroing in on Stanford’s Solomon Thomas. The versatile defender is quickly rising in these mock drafts and seems to be destined to be picked in the top-five. Despite having the tweener label, Thomas’ upside enters the conversation with each mock draft inclusion.