I’ve missed doing the annual SB Nation Writer mock drafts since the Chicago Bears haven’t had a first round pick since 2018, but now that the Khalil Mack trade is complete I’m back giving my two-cents on what I think the Bears will do. This year’s mock saw five quarterbacks all go before the Bears came on the clock at 20th overall, and while I trading up is a real possibility for Ryan Pace on April 29, in this exercise we all stayed put and picked where we were.
CHICAGO BEARS (8-9) LAST SEASON: The Bears made playoffs for second time in coach Matt Nagy’s three seasons despite going 8-8 in regular season for second straight year. Chicago regrouped late in season after six-game losing streak, then got knocked out in convincing fashion in wild-card loss at New Orleans. The Bears’ offense ranked among NFL’s worst, though it performed somewhat better down the stretch.
The Bears can get a jump on replacing Robert Quinn in this year’s draft. Picking No. overall could land the best college edge rusher as opposed to the sixth-best quarterback, third-best cornerback, fifth-best offensive lineman or fourth-best wide receiver.