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BIG DRAFT ENERGY – Mock Draft 1.0

DRAFT SZN IS HERE, BABY!

With the draft just a few short weeks down the road, I completed a full seven-round mock draft, drafting in the shoes of new Bears GM Ryan Poles. While we don’t quite know how Poles will approach his first draft with full control over the front office yokes, I went pick-by-pick through the draft and snagged the guys I think would be a good fit if the board falls this way.

Da Bears are on the clock…let’s dive on in!

Round 2, Pick 39

Notable Players on Board:

  • Jalen Pitre, DB – Baylor
  • George Pickens, WR – Georgia
  • Justyn Ross, WR – Clemson
  • Christian Watson, WR – NDSU
  • Abraham Lucas, OT – Washington State
  • Leo Chennal, LB – Wisconsin

The Pick:

  • TRADE DOWN
    • Bears Get
      • 49
      • 98
      • 120
      • 2023 R5
    • Saints Get
      • 39
  • Analysis
    • I heavily flirted with taking the best player on the board, Baylor DB Jalen Pitre, with this pick, but I liked the WR talent still on the board and was confident I’d be able to get one of Pickens/Ross/Watson at 48. Having my “cloud of players” there was just too easy to pass up at this point.

Round 2, Pick 48

Notable Players on the Board:

  • Jalen Pitre, DB – Baylor
  • Justyn Ross, WR – Clemson
  • Christian Watson, WR – NDSU
  • Abraham Lucas, OT – Washington State
  • Leo Chennal, LB – Wisconsin
  • Nik Bonitto, Edge – Oklahoma

The Pick:

  • TRADE DOWN
    • Bears Get:
      • 50
      • 62
      • 94
      • 121
      • 233
    • Chiefs Get:
      • 48
      • 71
      • 98
  • Analysis
    • I was so close to drafting Pitre in this slot, but if I was the GM of this Bears team, I’m looking to build depth all across the roster. Pitre’s skillset would’ve complemented Eddie Jackson perfectly in Eberflus’ Cover 2 defense. With the haul I got in return only to move down two spots, the ability to add depth at multiple positions was too good to pass up.

Round 2, Pick 49

Notable Players on the Board:

  • Justyn Ross, WR – Clemson
  • Christian Watson, WR – NDSU
  • Abraham Lucas, OT – Washington State
  • Leo Chennal, LB – Wisconsin
  • Nik Bonitto, Edge – Oklahoma
  • Christian Harris, LB – Wisconsin

The Pick:

  • Christian Watson, WR – NDSU

Analysis:

  • They say patience is a virtue (something Ryan Pace needed to hear a time or two). Watson was one of the guys I knew I’d be able to grab when I originally traded down and once Pitre came off the board at 49, this decision was EASY. At 6’4”, the kid can is a dynamic athlete and can flat out MOVE. The combination of size, speed and ball skills is exactly what the doctor ordered for Justin Fields. While it remains to be seen how he’ll fair against upgraded competition coming from an FCS school, I felt much better rolling the dice here knowing the haul of picks I was able to get from the two previous trades.
Christian Watson - 2021 - Football - NDSU

Round 2, Pick 49

Notable Players on the Board:

  • Justyn Ross, WR – Clemson
  • Abraham Lucas, OT – Washington State
  • Leo Chennal, LB – Wisconsin
  • Nik Bonitto, Edge – Oklahoma
  • Christian Harris, LB – Wisconsin
  • Tyler Smith, G/T – Tulsa

The Pick:

  • TRADE DOWN
    • Bears Get:
      • 51
      • 83
      • 124
    • Eagles Get:
      • 50
      • 94
      • 186

Analysis:

  • The Eagles came calling and again, I couldn’t pass up the ability to increase my draft capital a bit. While I like the players on the board, I’m not in love with the value for the Bears at this point. Having the 50th pick right behind me along with 51 made me feel very comfortable dealing with this to gain some value in the later rounds.

Round 2, Pick 49

Notable Players on the Board:

  • Justyn Ross, WR – Clemson
  • Abraham Lucas, OT – Washington State
  • Leo Chennal, LB – Wisconsin
  • Nik Bonitto, Edge – Oklahoma
  • Christian Harris, LB – Wisconsin
  • Tyler Smith, G/T – Tulsa

The Pick:

  • Abraham Lucas, OT – Washington State

Analysis:

  • Lucas is an interesting prospect to me. Having played in Mike Leach’s air raid system for most of his college career, Lucas wasn’t called to run block as often as other prospects; however, run blocking is far easier to develop than pass sets at the professional level. While he has shown some nastiness in the run game, Lucas’ bread and butter is pass protection. Whether Teven Jenkins stays at LT or moves to RT, Justin Fields will be well protected with Lucas on the opposite end of the line.
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Round 2, Pick 62

Notable Players on the Board:

  • Justyn Ross, WR – Clemson
  • Brian Asamoah, LB – Wisconsin
  • Jalen Tolbert, WR – South Alabama
  • Darian Kinnard, OT – Kentucky
  • Alec Pierce, WR – Cincinnati

The Pick:

  • Alec Pierce, WR – Cincinnati

Analysis:

  • I thought long and hard about taking Justyn Ross with this pick. Admittedly, I think Ross might be a bit “safer” but there’s just something about Pierce that I just can’t help but like. The kid is a bit of an anomaly – similar to DK Metcalf, Pierce can BURN with sheer straight-line speed but struggles a bit laterally. Pierce projects well as a big slot WR and a great complementary piece to a new-look WR room that is now made up of Darnell Mooney, Christian Watson, and Byron Pringle. Bonus points since he’s a kid from the Chicagoland area that went to a gritty, midwestern program like Cincinnati.
Alec Pierce - Football - University of Cincinnati Athletics

Round 3, Pick 83

Notable Players on the Board:

  • Kerby Joseph, S – Illinois
  • Darrian Beavers, LB – Cincinnati
  • Kellen Diesch, OT – Arizona State
  • Khalil Shakir, WR – Boise State
  • Dohnovan West, C – Arizona State

The Pick:

  • Darrian Beavers, LB – Cincinnati

Analysis:

  • Strong in run defense and sound in the passing game, Beavers brings upside to the table on defense. Beavers is versatile and can play any one of the linebacker slots in Matt Eberflus’ defense. Beavers will be a developmental guy who provides quality depth at first with the potential to blossom under Matt Eberflus’ tutelage and the HITS philosophy.
Darrian Beavers - Football - University of Cincinnati Athletics

Round 4, Pick 120

Notable Players on the Board

  • Zach Tom, OT – Wake Forest
  • Cordale Flott, CB – LSU
  • Cam Taylor-Britt, CB – Nebraska
  • Grant Calcaterra, TE – SMU
  • Neil Farrell Jr., DT – LSU

The Pick:

  • Cam Taylor-Britt, CB – Nebraska

Analysis:

  • The Bears need a corner, and Cam Taylor-Britt brings a lot of upside to the position group. Taylor-Britt excels in zone coverage and has the size, skill, and athleticism to play on the perimeter. This is a great value pick at a position of need in the fourth round.
Nebraska's Cam Taylor-Britt, JoJo Domann invited to Reese's Senior Bowl |  Football | omaha.com

Round 4, Pick 121

Notable Players on the Board

  • Zach Tom, OT – Wake Forest
  • Cordale Flott, CB – LSU
  • Grant Calcaterra, TE – SMU
  • Neil Farrell Jr., DT – LSU
  • Matt Waetzko, OT – North Dakota

The Pick:

  • Cordale Flott, CB – LSU

Analysis:

  • We’re throwing darts at the board in the defensive backfield at this point and hoping we hit. At 6’2” 170 lbs., Flott has the length but will need to put on some weight to be successful at the next level. Flott is a fighter and fits the “grinder” mold Eberflus and Poles have been looking for.

Round 4, Pick 124

Notable Players on the Board

  • Zach Tom, OT – Wake Forest
  • Grant Calcaterra, TE – SMU
  • Neil Farrell Jr., DT – LSU
  • Matt Waetzko, OT – North Dakota

The Pick:

  • Zach Tom, OT – Wake Forest
    • Tom isn’t going to “wow” you, but he was a model of consistency at Wake Forest. Quite frankly, the Bears need depth on the offensive line and Tom is exactly that. Tom played both inside and out in college and would be an upgrade over current depth pieces Arlington Hambright and Lechavious Simmons on the Bears roster.
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Round 5, Pick 148

Notable Players on the Board

  • Chris Paul, OT – Tulsa
  • Lecitus Smith, OG – Virginia Tech
  • Malcom Rodriguez, LB – Oklahoma State
  • Sterling Weatherford, S – Miami (OH)
  • Charlie Kolar, TE – Iowa State

The Pick:

  • Lecitus Smith, OG – Virginia Tech

Analysis:

  • No lie, I loved the way the board fell here. Charlie Kolar and Malcom Rodriguez are guys I like and were very tempting to take here, but I couldn’t pass up on the value with Lecitus Smith. A converted tight end, Smith slots to be a developmental guy in the NFL with a good deal of upside as an NFL guard. It may take a year or two for Smith to come into his own, but there is a lot to like in Smith’s game that made this pick feel like a great value in Round 5. Smith is strong and packs a punch at the point of attack and moves well in space. While this may take a year or two to pan out, Smith is a great fit for a team who’s competitive window is 1-2 years down the road.
Lecitus Smith - Football - Virginia Tech Athletics

Round 5, Pick 150

Notable Players on the Board

  • Chris Paul, OT – Tulsa
  • Noah Eliss, DT – Idaho
  • Malcom Rodriguez, LB – Oklahoma State
  • Sterling Weatherford, S – Miami (OH)
  • Charlie Kolar, TE – Iowa State

The Pick:

  • Eyioma Uwazurike, DT – Iowa State

Analysis:

  • Hand up, I’m an Iowa State guy. That said, “Enyi” is a guy I would love to see the land with the Bears regardless of my fandom. Enyi played all spots on the line in Iowa State’s 3-3-5 and is versatile enough to play in any scheme. As the Bears move back to a 4-3 front, I see Enyi slotting into a 3-technique. He has a great first step and is quick off the ball. He’s going to be a run-stopper but flashed pass-rush potential in college. If Enyi can work on his power moves and adds a little strength, this could be a very, very good value at this point in the draft.
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Round 7, Pick 233

Notable Players on the Board

  • Ryan Stonehouse, P – Colorado State
  • Brad Hawkins, S – Michigan
  • Nate Landman, LB – Colorado
  • CJ Wright, DT – Georgia Southern

The Pick:

  • Ryan Stonehouse, P – Colorado State

Analysis:

  • 7th round picks are a crapshoot and the Bears need a punter, so I grabbed on here. #YOLO.

Summary

This is the anti-Ryan Pace draft. At every opportunity, I tapped into my “cloud of players” and took calculated risks to move back and acquire draft capital.

I was ecstatic to move back and still get Christian Watson. While there are certain players I like more in this draft than Abraham Lucas; I’m still happy with my ability to get a strong pass protector to keep Justin Fields upright for years to come.

While some of the players I landed on maybe a bit risky, the draft capital I acquired throughout sets the Bears up for success well down the road. For the love of God, here’s hoping Poles has some patience and lets the board fall to him!