2020 mock draft sends Bears help on offense in second round

2020 mock draft sends Bears help on offense in second round

Bears fans suffered through the magic that was Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes in Sunday's AFC divisional round, a game Kansas City won, 51-31, over the Houston Texans.

Naturally, Sunday's playoff games have Bears fans looking toward the future, and there's no better way to at least generate a little bit of excitement for the offseason than through a mock draft.

The Draft Network's Ben Solak recently published a two-round mock draft, and if his prediction turns into reality, the Bears will end up with two players who could immediately help on offense.

Neither is a quarterback, by the way.

At pick No. 43, Solak sends the Bears Washington tight end Hunter Bryant, who's quickly becoming the consensus top tight end in class.

Bryant is the most NFL-ready as a pass-catcher and would add the kind of explosive element at tight end that the Bears have been missing for years. Trey Burton was supposed to be that guy the last two seasons, but at this point, he's been a huge flop. 

It's worth noting that Bryant is the first tight end selected in Solak's mock draft. With no first-round tight ends likely in 2020, the Bears may end up with their pick of the litter at No. 43, assuming that's the direction they choose to go. They could be strategic too, of course. If no tight ends have been selected by the 43rd pick, there's a good chance they'll still end up with one of the top two players at the position at pick 50. 

As for that 50th pick, in this mock draft the Bears end up with TCU offensive tackle Lucas Niang.

Graded as a likely NFL starter, this selection will excite the part of the fanbase that believes Chicago needs an upgrade at tackle. But with Charles Leno, Jr. and Bobby Massie at least being competent NFL starters, there will be a bigger need at guard barring a move in free agency.

It's also fair to suggest that the player picked 51st in this mock, Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette, might be the better option for the Bears at 50. Chicago's cornerback situation is murky at best with veteran Prince Amukamara likely on the salary-cap chopping block this offseason. The Bears don't have the kind of cap room to make a big splash in free agency to replace Amukamara, so it's likely Pace will target the position early in the 2020 draft.

President Trump believes NFL season should start on time

President Trump believes NFL season should start on time

The sports world is one of many industries forced to a halt by the coronavirus outbreak. As uncertainty continues to loom over professional American sports leagues, the commissioners of a number of leagues had a conference call with President Trump on Saturday.

It’s worth noting the NCAA was not included on this call. All leagues represented were fully professional.

Since the call concluded some info has come out about what was discussed. Trump appears optimistic about sports in the later summer and early fall.

Obviously, there are many currently unknown variables that go into that scenario becoming a possibility.

Adam Schefter and Adrian Wojnarowski have more info on what was discussed on the call. According to their reporting, NBA commissioner Adam Silver talked about the desire to restart once public health officials allow it:

Silver told those on the call the leagues were the first to shut down and that he and the NBA would love to lead the way in starting the economy once there was an "all clear" from public health officials, sources familiar with the call told ESPN.

The NBA and MLB are considering alternate plans for how to resume their seasons, although there is pessimism within the NBA about resuming this season. The NFL has more lead time before its season would begin. The first game of the NFL preseason is set for Aug. 6 and the regular season is currently scheduled to start in September.

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Bears' QB competition confirmed by Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace


Sports Talk Live Podcast: Bears' QB competition confirmed by Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace

It's a Friday edition of SportsTalk Live. Host David Kaplan is joined by David Haugh, Patrick Finley, and KC Johnson.

Bears general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy confirm that there will be an open competition for starting quarterback between Nick Foles and Mitch Trubisky. The guys wonder how open it will actually be. Meanwhile, Nagy says he can sense Trubisky is a fierce competitor. The panel wonders if competition will elevate his play and make him better.

The Bulls have officially begun their search for the new executive to lead their basketball operations. Bulls Insider KC goes through the potential candidates. Haugh and Finley wonder how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect their search and ability to land a big name. And what about Jim Boylen's future? KC says it will ultimately be up to the new person in charge but reminds everyone how much Boylen is liked by the current front office.

Later, former NFL coach Dave Wannstedt joins Kap on the show from Florida. Wanny dissects the Bears quarterback competition and explains why the pressure will always be high on Mitch no matter what. They also talk about new tight end Jimmy Graham's impact on the offense and pass rusher Robert Quinn's impact on the defense. And what's Wanny up to during quarantine? He tells Kap the shows he's binge-watching and gives his review of "Tiger King". 

0:00- There will be an open competition for the Bears starting quarterback job. Does either QB have an advantage? Will competition make Mitch a better quarterback? Also, how much better does Robert Quinn make the defense?

8:00- The Bulls have begun their search for the new head of their basketball operations. KC goes through some of the candidates. Plus, the panel discusses what this means for Jim Boylen's future, John Paxson's role in the search and his future role in the organization.

16:00- Dave Wannstedt joins Kap on the show. He talks about Mitch's chances to win the QB competition and his chances to keep the job throughout next season. Plus, they talk about Jimmy Graham's role in the offense, Robert Quinn's impact on the defense and Wanny gives his honest review of "Tiger King".

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