The Chicago Bears decided to sign Mike Glennon in free agency and name him their starting quarterback, so I can’t help but change a few things around. If the Bears decide to go ahead and pick a quarterback with the No. 3 pick, it would be smart. In turn though, knowing that they have Glennon, the Bears will likely focus on the defensive side of the ball. Here is my seven-round mock for the Chicago Bears.
1st Round: Jamal Adams, Safety, LSU
With the news coming out that Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen has arthritis in his shoulders, I believe his draft stock drops. Jamal Adams is a big hitting safety whose ball skills and ability to go after the ball carrier is something to watch. I believe that Adams could be a Eric Berry-type safety and possibly be the next Mike Brown for the Bears. The excitement of having a safety that could play 10+ years is just too good to pass up.
2nd Round: DeShone Kizer, Quarterback, Notre Dame
I’m not a fan of DeShone Kizer, but when watching his highlights I can’t help but notice he doesn’t have much surrounding talent to work with. His size and arm strength are nice, and he’s athletic enough to pick up yard with his feet. He’s gonna need help: more help than Cameron Meredith, Kendall Wright and Markus Wheaton, at least. If drafted, Kizer’s offensive line and running back would be set. However, everything else would still be up in the air.
3rd Round: Zay Jones, Wide Receiver, ECU
When watching tape on Zay Jones, his likeness to Alshon Jeffery is nice to see. He goes up for the nearly-uncatchable balls and somehow catches them. He has enough speed and strength to find separation. If the Bears can grab him with their third-round pick, they would be snagging a steal.
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4th Round: Jake Butt, Tight End, Michigan
Jake Butt has injury issues, that much is known. But when healthy, he has enough speed and size to get into the second level. It’ll be interesting to see if Butt can transition to an NFL tight end. If he can, getting him in the fourth round could be a steal for the Bears.
4th Round: Rasul Douglas, Cornerback, West Virginia
Eight interceptions. That’s what the Bears need, and that’s what Rasul Douglas had last year. He’s good in coverage, but he ran a 4.59 40, so his speed would need some work. Still, having eight interceptions in any level is hard to do. If Chicago brings him in, Fangio could make the 6’2″ cornerback a stud.
5th Round: Jarron Jones, Defensive Tackle, Notre Dame
This would be a project pick, like most fifth-rounders are, but if Vic Fangio can get the best out of him, Jarron Jones could be fun to watch. He’s slow and needs work moving his hips and breaking off the offensive line. However, having a chance to work with his 6’6″, 316-pound frame may be worth it.
7th Round: Josh Reynolds, Wide Receiver, Texas A&M
At 6’3″, Josh Reynolds is projected to go much higher than the seventh round. However, if he were to slip, he would be a fantastic add for the Bears. He’s a bit slow, but he has the ability to separate with strength. The Bears need big receivers, so I think doubling down in this draft would be a good idea.
The Bears have noticeable holes on both offense and defense, and can’t afford to focus on one side more than the other. Ryan Pace usually doesn’t like drafting by need, but he may have to this year. The draft is less than a month away; let’s hope the Bears are more prepared in it than they were in free agency.