Recent Mock Drafts: Bears Focusing on Secondary and Pass-Catchers Early? Eason as a QB Target?

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Recent Mock Drafts: Bears Focusing on Secondary and Pass-Catchers Early? Eason as a QB Target?

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The NFL Draft is still slated to run from April 23 to 25, albeit as a unique TV experience. Let’s check out some of the latest mock drafts as they relate to the Bears …

  • Mock drafts at this time are never totally accurate in nailing the exact prospect with the right team. But they provide perspective as to which players fit what teams and what position groups front offices could be targeting. With that in mind, this dueling mock from Kevin Fishbain and Adam Jahns of The Athletic offers up a wave of names and position groups that could interest the Bears.
  • This exercise provides a fun way to get to know some of the prospects who make sense for this class. Among the possible players of interest: OSU OT Austin Jackson, Boise State OT Ezra Cleveland, Southern Illinois S Jeremy Chinn, Alabama CB Trevon Diggs, Cincinnati TE Josiah Deguara, Florida International QB James Morgan, Rhode Island WR Isaiah Coulter, Clemson S Tanner Muse, UCF CB Nevelle Clarke, LSU TE Stephen Sullivan, Ohio State WR Austin Mack, Michigan OL Jon Runyan, Michigan State DL Raequan Williams, Southern Miss WR Quez Watkins.
  • Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune extends his mock draft to go 50 picks to cover the Bears’ two second-round selections. Check it out:

  • Biggs mocks Auburn cornerback Noah Igbinoghene to go to the Bears with their first pick in the second round, while USC receiver Michael Pittman Jr. comes off the board with pick No. 50. Each pick makes a lot of sense, given the needs for impact at the positions (starting job up for grabs across from Kyle Fuller, and also behind Allen Robinson), and also the impressive depth in the draft. Getting a quality receiver and a quality guy for the secondary (CB or S) is going to be very doable.
  • Todd McShay (ESPN) shares a two-round mock, and much like the Biggs draft, McShay has the Bears addressing needs at cornerback and receiver. Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette is McShay’s Bears pick at No. 43. While more polished than Igbinoghene, Arnette isn’t a burner on the outside. With the 50th pick, McShay has Chicago selecting Jalen Reagor, who is more known for his big-time speed and play-making ability.
  • Chad Reuter’s four-round mock draft features six first-round trades. None of them are by the Bears to slide into Round 1, but the movement ahead of them leaves the board pretty open when the second round opens. As a result, the Bears end up with LSU safety Grant Delpit (43rd overall) and Purdue tight end Brycen Hopkins (50th overall) coming their way. Sensing a theme here with members of the secondary and pass-catchers in the second round …
  • Joe Marino (The Draft Network) also has the Bears addressing secondary needs in his mock draft. Marino sends Alabama CB Trevon Diggs (43rd) and Lenoir-Rhyne S Kyle Dugger to Chicago, locking in potential long-term secondary solutions who have often been projected to go in the second round.
  • Finally, a quarterback! Ryan Wilson’s three-round mock at CBS Sports has the Bears taking Washington’s Jacob Eason with the 43rd pick. For a frame of reference, Eason is CBS Sports’ No. 5 QB prospect and 39th overall, while he’s number six to Todd McShay, and 60th overall. That’s about the range you’ll see for Eason, who is in the “question mark” tier behind the increasingly consensus top four QBs (Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Jordan Love, and Justin Herbert), each of whom is expected to go in the first round. (We prefer Jalen Hurts in that tier, for what it’s worth.) We always see a surge in top QB prospects up the boards as the draft approaches, so it remains to be seen just how many QBs will actually be plucked before pick 43.
  • And with the 50th pick, Wilson sends Utah cornerback Jaylon Johnson to the Bears. Johnson has first-round potential, but it feels as if picks between Nos. 25 and 50 can be inter changeable in certain spots.
  • Stephen Letizia (The Chicago Audible) shares a post-free agency mock draft is a deeper dive on the creative side. It features multiple trades that help the Bears go from seven picks to eight. That’s not a huge move, but significant enough to be noteworthy. Among the prospects coming the Bears way: Michigan OL Cesar Ruiz (50th),  Mississippi State CB Cam Dantzler (65th), Georgia QB Jake Fromm (93rd), LSU OL Saahdiq Charles (107th), Cincinnati TE Josiah Deguara (147th), Boise State WR John Hightowr (164th), Michigan S/LB hybrid Khaleke Hudson (197th), and Memphis LB Bryce Huff (227th).
  • Worth noting that new OL Coach Juan Castillo saw Ruiz at Michigan when he was a consultant for Jim Harbaugh.

Brett Taylor contributed to this post.

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.