2020 NFL Draft Grades: Bears' seven picks
Bears' 2020 NFL draft grades
Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace had a successful 2020 NFL Draft despite not having a first-round pick at his disposal. He added two potential starters and quality depth pieces with his seven selections. Here's how each pick graded out.
Round 2, Pick 43: Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
Despite the presence of veteran Jimmy Graham, who was signed to an unexpectedly lucrative contract in free agency, the Bears added Kmet with their first pick of the draft. Considered the top prospect at the position in this year's class, Kmet brings a valuable skill set as a receiver to an offense that's desperate for production from the position. He'll have the luxury of learning behind Graham before taking over as the primary tight end in the not-too-distant future.
Round 2, Pick 50: Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
With players like Kevin Toliver, Tre Roberson and Artie Burns currently jockeying for starting duties opposite Kyle Fuller, the Bears had no choice but to spend one of their second-round picks on a cornerback. Johnson is a first-round talent who slid to the 50th pick because of injury concerns (shoulder). But if he remains healthy, his combination of size, speed and physical coverage skills should help him ascend to a starting role as a rookie.
Round 5, Pick 155: Trevis Gipson, Edge, Tulsa
The Bears, in typical Bears fashion, traded up in the fifth round for Gipson, who will provide depth behind Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn as an edge rusher. Gipson is relatively raw and needs a year or two of pro coaching to reach his ceiling, but if it all comes together for the Tulsa star, he has legitimate starting potential.
Round 5, Pick 163: Kindle Vildor, CB, Georgia Southern
What would a Bears draft be without a small-school prospect? This time, it's Georgia Southern cornerback Kindle Vildor, who brings a competitor's mentality to the Chicago secondary. Don't count him out as a contributor on defense in his rookie season, although he'll experience a steep learning curve early on.
Round 5, Pick 173: Darnell Mooney, WR, Tulane
Another of Ryan Pace's trade targets in the fifth round, Mooney possesses top-tier speed and playmaking ability. He has to bulk up, however, as his 176-pound frame doesn't project well for success in the NFL. The list of players with his physical make-up who've made an impact in the NFL is extremely short. He's a boom-or-bust selection.
Round 7, Pick 226: Arlington Hambright, OL, Colorado
Hambright started all 11 games for Colorado in 2019, registering 68 knockdown blocks, 12 touchdown blocks and 13 perfect plays on passing touchdowns. He'll compete for a backup/practice squad role in Chicago.
Round 7, Pick 227: Lachavious Simmons, OL, Tennessee State
Simmons is a small-school offensive lineman who will compete for a backup/practice squad spot in 2020.