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Chicago Bears Mock Draft 1.0

The NFL Draft is quickly approaching and the Chicago Bears need a ton of help. The Bears are going to have to get younger in a lot of places while finding some day one contributors with limited picks in the early rounds. Thankfully for the Bears this draft is pretty deep in a ton of areas that the Bears needs some help. Look right at wide receivers and offensive line. While the Bears may not get some of the flashy names at those positions, they should be able to find some contributors and ultimately core guys. Let’s dive right into our first official mock draft.

2nd Round, Pick 48 – Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan

In 12 games last year for Western Michigan, Moore had 95 receptions, 1,292 yards, and 10 touchdowns. His height doesn’t essentially ”wow” you right away but he is an explosive wide receiver that would make an immediate impact on this Bears’ offense.

2nd Round, Pick 54Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn

McCreary is a name that has popped up on my radar here in recent days. I wasn’t so keen on the Bears taking a corner so early considering the needs on the offensive line and at wide receiver but McCreary may be too good to pass on. He is a bit undersized at 5ft 11in but he does have the ability to cover anyone on the field. Could be a nice addition to pair with Jaylon Johnson.

3rd Round, Pick 71Luke Goedeke, G, Central Michigan

I got the Bears attacking the directional Michigan’s with two of their first two picks of the draft. While this feels like a bit of a Ryan Pace pick here because of injury concerns that Goedeke has. His upside feels like a big plus that can’t be ignored. Goedeke played tackle at Central Michigan but projects out as a guard in the NFL.

5th Round, Pick 147 – Romeo Doubs, WR, Nevada

Everyone is going to sound like a broken record player at this point. The Bears need talent and depth at the wide receiver position. You can expect them to take multiple receivers in this draft considering that it is a deep class. Doubs was one of the standouts from the Senior Bowl and may be an under-the-radar target for Justin Fields.

5th Round, Pick 150 – Enyi Uwazurike, DL, Iowa State

The Bears defense needs some studs in the middle of the defensive line. That hole is only more glaring after the failed physical of Larry Ogunjobi. Uwazurike has gotten better every year at Iowa State and not only overpower with a bull rush but can beat you on the outside. Would be an intriguing prospect to have grow in Matt Eberflus’ defense.

6th Round, Pick 186 – Matt Araiza, Punter, San Diego State

The punt god! Need I say more. The Bears need a punter and this guy can flip field position with the best of them. During his time at San Diego State, Araiza crushed a ton of punts which included punts off 77, 81, and 86 yards. Not only does he fill a bit of a need for the Bears but he may be an upgrade at the punter position.

Bears free agent targets prior to the NFL Draft

The Chicago Bears still have some holes to fill and there are still plenty of free agents out there that can help fill the roster. Here are a few options the Bears can still consider while fitting the budget they have remaining going into the 2022 season.

Xavier Rhodes – CB

2021 Stats: 39 total tackles, 1 interception and 7 pass defenses

Xavier Rhodes may be on the older side and is going against the trend of what new Bears General Manager Ryan Poles is doing in free agency but the Bears could use some help at corner. Rhodes is already familiar with the Bears coaching staff and he can be a nice placeholder while the Bears certainly work in a ton of younger players. He may fit the Bears budget as well for 2022.

Sammy Watkins – WR

2021 Stats: 27 receptions, 394 yards and 1 touchdown

This one may be out of left field but I am thinking entirely depth and cheap options at this point in 2022. The Bears will certainly add a rookie to the wide receiver room through the draft but they will still need a ton of competition in fall camp. I don’t think Sammy Watkins is going to have a ton of teams lining up for his services and at the age of 28, he may still have something to give. Worth considering.

Eric Fisher – OT

2021 Stats: Started 15 games for the Colts

After the Bears didn’t land Ryan Bates because the Bills matched their offer the offensive line issues still loom large. While Lucas Patrick certainly helps the center position the Bears still need some experience and competition upfront. Eric Fisher can come in right away and be a starter at left tackle and it would allow you to move Tevin Jenkins to his more natural position of right tackle. That leaves you with Larry Borom on the outside looking in at tackle but he may be of service at the guard spot. Lots of work to be done on the offensive line and positions may change before the start of camp. Will be interesting to watch.

A.J. Klein – LB

A.J. Klein is a versatile linebacker that has played both inside and outside linebacker. May be a cheap option to fill the SAM linebacker spot while the bears continue to shift the roster. At 30 years old he would not demand a ton of cap space to bring on either. Not a top option certainly but one that will fit the budget and give you solid play when called upon. Started a total of 15 games for the Bills over the last two seasons.

Contributor Introduction: Brian Decker

As we move forward with Monsters of the Midwest. I wanted to take the time to introduce some of the contributors that will be joining us at the launch. These folks will put their free time into discussions and opinions about the team they love. Next up is Brian Decker. Let’s see what he has so say about himself quickly!

Hello Bears fans! My name is Brian Decker. I originally grew up in Dubuque County, Iowa, and now reside in Ankeny, Iowa, with my wife and our dog. I’ve followed the Bears my entire life, but really went full-fledged into fandom during the ’05-’06 Super Bowl run. While it has all been downhill for our Bears since then, I am confident better days ahead…consider me the conductor of the morale hype train.Outside of the Bears, my hobbies and interest include Iowa State athletics, video games, drinking beer, and smoking meat on the Traeger.I’m excited to be a part of the Monsters of the Midwest team and help bring you content by the fans for the fans! BEAR DOWN!

Brian’s Twitter Account

Contributor Introduction: Cole Gross

As we moved forward with Monsters of the Midwest. I wanted to take the time to introduce some of the contributors that will be joining us at the launch. These folks will put their free time into discussions and opinions about the team they love. First up is Cole Gross. Let’s see what he has so say about himself quickly!

Hello, my name is Cole Gross. I am 27 years old and live in North Liberty, Iowa. I am married and have a 2 year old daughter. Expecting another daughter in mid July. Currently work at Scheels All Sports as a Freight associate. Some of my hobbies include playing with my kid, going to sporting events and using my Traeger to smoke different types of food. I am a very passionate Chicago sports fan. Born and raised with the help of my Dad. Chicago Bears Football is the number one option out of all the Chicago sports teams that I root for. Looking forward to talking and writing about Bears Football

Cole’s Twitter Account

Introducing Monsters Of The Midwest

Welcome to Monsters of the Midwest! A new blog and podcast network covering all things Chicago Bears!

With a new regime in Chicago front office taking over and the direction of the Chicago Bears changing forever, I figured it was important to bring in some new voices to share their thoughts on the Bears. Within the Bears media, there seems to be a bit of a doom and gloom tone more often than not. I want to add to the fan voices that are already present within the Bears world and add a more uplifting and positive spin on things. That’s not to say that we won’t have our fair share of criticism on how things are going.

There are all types of voices in the Bears community and it is important that those voices are heard. Not only for a variety of takes and information but there are a ton of smart football-minded people out there that are being left untapped. So, with Monsters of the Midwest, we will be bringing you podcasts, written content, film review, and much much more.

While I know this is a short introduction, I want our voices and contributors to do the heavy lifting on introducing our site to the Bears community. As I have mentioned before on Twitter. If you wish to join us, shoot me a message on Twitter(@MatthiasWRNL) and we can have a discussion! Until then, let’s get this show on the road! Stay tuned for more!

Chicago Bears Sign Larry Ogunjobi

The Chicago Bears have made their first signing in free agency as they sign former Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi.

Ogunjobi is coming off foot surgery but is expected to be ready to participate before the season begins. With the Bears transitioning to a 4-3 defense under new head coach Matt Eberflus, Ogunjobi is will slide into the 3-technique that would fit Chicago’s new defensive scheme. Last season, Ogunjobi had 7 sacks and 16 QB pressures.

According to multiple reporters, the deal is slated to a 3-year deal worth $40.5 million, including $26.3 million guaranteed.