FINALLY … the Chicago Bears are BACK drafting on Day 1.
It’s been 1,099 days since the Bears have made a first-round selection. And because of some of the shortcomings of picks who came before, it could very well be GM Ryan Pace’s last time selecting in the first round as a member of the franchise. It’s a harsh reality, but one that exists for a general manager entering the final year of his contract.
NFL Draft weekend represents the final major phase of the player acquisition portion of the offseason. For the last two years, the Bears have sat on the outside looking in at others making moves in the first round. Now, the time has come to make the most of a draft where the team has various needs, but doesn’t have the juicy type of draft capital one would otherwise with the team possessed.
Nevertheless, let’s relish the fact that the Bears have a first-round pick. I’ll admit, I’d grown tired of not caring what happened in Round 1. So let’s make the most of it…
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Dates and rounds: April 29 (Round 1), April 30 (Rounds 2-3), May 1 (Rounds 4-7)
Round 1 start time: 7 p.m. CT
How to watch/stream: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, NFL.com/watch
• Round 1, Pick 20
• Round 2, Pick 52
• Round 3, Pick 83
• Round 5, Pick 164
• Round 6, Pick 204
• Round 6, Pick 208
• Round 6, Pick 221
• Round 6, Pick 228
As a reminder, the Bears do not have a fourth-round pick, as it was sent to the Vikings in the trade that allowed the Beas to draft Trevis Gipson last year. Their seventh-round pick in this draft was sent to the Raiders in 2019 in exchange for place-kicker Eddie Piñeiro.
Four Bears Needs
• Offensive tackle
• Wide receiver
Five Mock Drafts
• Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State (Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune)
• Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State (Dane Brugler, The Athleti)
• Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss (Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN)
• Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern (Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network)
• Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern (Chris Simms, NBC Sports)
2) New York Jets
3) San Francisco (via Miami)
6) Miami (via Philadelphia)
11) New York Giants
12) Philadelphia (via San Francisco)
13) Los Angeles Chargers
15) New England
17) Las Vegas
23) New York Jets (via Seattle)
25) Jacksonville (via Los Angeles Rams)
28) New Orleans
29) Green Bay
31) Kansas City
32) Tampa Bay
Your draft thread is down in the comments, so let’s have some good, clean (safe-for-work) fun. It’s good to be back talking about picking in the first round. Hopefully, this pick is someone we talk about for many days, months, and years to come. Preferably for all the right reasons.