We're in for a wild ride this college football season, if you can even call it that. The Big-10 and Pac-12 conferences have shuttered their seasons while the remaining Power Five conferences appear intent on playing something that resembles a normal fall schedule. With COVID-19 dictating the how's and when's and what's of the college landscape, the ripple effect is certain to be felt by the 2021 NFL draft.
Even without as many games to evaluate, the draft industry will be extremely busy for the next several months. In fact, there's likely to be a record number of mock drafts, big boards, and positional rankings coming down the pipeline. Something has to fill the Saturday void, right?
Take this new mock draft from Pro Football Focus, for example. At pick No. 16, PFF's lead draft analyst, Mike Renner, has the Bears bulking up the interior of the offensive line with Ohio State's Wyatt Davis.
The Bears still haven't properly addressed Kyle Long's departure on the interior of the offensive line. While this may seem high for a guard, Davis was that good for the Buckeyes last season - he didn't allow a single sack or hit all year.
Davis, like the rest of Ohio State's roster, will be a challenging evaluation for scouts who value the most recent season over any other part of a player's tape evaluation. Wyatt won't have film from 2020. He'll be a year removed from his last live game by the time his rookie season rolls around. And don't think that won't impact his final grade, especially if there's another interior lineman who has a similar skill set but plays this year. Players who miss the season could fall a few spots down the Big Board because of that level of uncertainty created by a lost year.
Still, Davis' tape is undeniably worthy of the first round. Whether the Bears have a need for a guard in next year's top-32 is the bigger question. Veteran Germain Ifedi has an opportunity to earn a multi-year deal if he plays well at right guard. He could be the answer that Renner suggests the Bears are still searching for. Ifedi was a first-round pick too, and if he plays like one in 2020, Chicago will look elsewhere in Round 1 next April.
NFL Mock Draft: Here's who Pro Football Focus has Bears taking in 2021 draft originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago