Draft day is finally here and thankfully, that means we won’t see another mock draft until next March. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading them and we’ve published five mocks ourselves, but it’s an exercise in futility and few are fully accurate. It’s difficult to project who the Bears will take at No. 39 given their so many needs, and trying to come up with names for each of their five additional picks is exhausting. That said, we can at least get a pulse using a consensus of mock drafts to best project who the Bears will select.
What we do know is that Chicago does not have a first-round pick, owns six selections overall and that Chicago could be entertaining trade offers for more than one player, though it seems trading second-year quarterback Justin Fields is unlikely. Instead, the Bears will probably try to leverage the draft to best find the weapons Fields needs to become an elite NFL signal-caller.
One player that could be traded is running back David Montgomery, though he would net a Round 3 or 4 pick at best. The front office and coaching staff have confidence in backup Khalil Herbert, and he may be better-suited for Luke Getsy’s offense, making Montgomery expendable.
Let’s look at who NFL writers believe the Bears will take with their first three selections to get an idea of which players GM Ryan Poles may target. Based on 10 exercises, the Bears are most likely to take a wide receiver at No. 39, with two analysts saying Poles will add to his secondary, and one saying that Chicago will select an EDGE. It’s interesting that not one mock has the Bears selecting an offensive lineman with their first pick.
At No. 48., most pundits believe that is where Chicago will find help on the offensive line. It’s not shocking that most Bears’ mocks consist of a wide receiver, offensive lineman, and cornerback. The Bears probably don’t need to draft an EDGE that early, though Robert Quinn has been mentioned in trade rumors by several writers. It doesn’t appear that Poles is actively shopping the team’s single-season sacks leader and reigning Defensive Player of the Year, but teams have called about his availability.
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- No. 39 – WR Treylon Burks (Arkansas)
- No. 48 – OL Tyler Smith (Tulsa)
- No. 71 – Khalil Shakir (Boise State)
- CB Roger McCreary (Auburn)
- OT Daniel Faalele (Minnesota)
- WR Jalen Tolbert (South Alabama)
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- WR Christian Watson (NDSU)
- DT Perrion Winfrey (Oklahoma)
- OT Darrian Kinnard (Kentucky)
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- WR Watson
- OT Nicholas Petite-Frere (Ohio State)
- CB Martin Emerson (Mississippi State)
- WR Watson
- OT Luke Goedeke (Michigan)
- CB Joshua Williams (Fayetteville)
- WR Treylon Burks (Arkansas)
- EDGE Arnold Ebikete (Penn State)
- CB Tariq Woolen (UTSA)
“The Bears send pick No. 39 in 2022 and a 2023 fourth-round selection to the Giants in exchange for pick No. 36 and a 2023 seventh-round pick.”
- No. 36 overall – WR Burks
- EDGE Kingsley Enagbare (South Carolina)
- OT Petite-Frere
- WR George Pickens (Georgia)
- DT Logan Hill (Houston)
- OT Jamaree Salyer (Georgia)
- EDGE David Ojabo (Michigan)
- WR Wan’Dale Robinson (Kentucky)
- OT Petite-Frere
- CB McCreary
- OT Bernhard Raimann (Central Michigan)
- WR David Bell (Purdue)