Bears 2020 mock draft
Post-Super Bowl Mock Draft
Super Bowl LIV is in the books, and it was a painful one for Bears fans.
It was just four years ago when GM Ryan Pace selected QB Mitch Trubisky over Patrick Mahomes, and things couldn't have possibly gone worse since then. Mahomes became the youngest player in NFL history to win NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP awards after his performance against the 49ers, while Trubisky was challenged by coach Matt Nagy to master coverages this offseason.
The Bears will begin the free agency period with expectations for a veteran to compete with Trubisky. As a result, Chicago may have to use the draft to add a quarterback, too, which they do in this new post-Super Bowl mock draft.
Round 2, No. 43 (from Raiders): Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
Ryan Pace can't ignore reality in the 2020 NFL Draft. He can't continue to rest on his 2017 scouting report of Mitch Trubisky and ignore other talented, strong-armed passers like Eason in the second round, assuming he's on the board a No. 43 overall. Eason isn't a finished product and doesn't always make the best decisions from the pocket, but his physical upside is worth gambling on at this point in the second round.
Round 2, No. 50: Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue
There's a good chance a player like Hopkins could slide to No. 50 overall considering the general opinion that this year's tight end class isn't the best. Hopkins will be in the discussion as the top prospect at the position but that's still a fringe-top-50 grade. There's no denying his ability to make plays as a receiver, and adding a tight end with his kind of skill set will be a big priority for Ryan Pace over the next few months.
Round 5, No. 142 (from Raiders): Jack Driscoll, OT, Auburn
Offensive line will rank high on the Bears' draft wish list and if they land a fourth-round compensatory pick, it's more than likely they'll address guard or tackle in that round. But in this mock, they have no choice but to wait until Round 5 where Driscoll presents as strong value. He'll challenge for top-100 status by the time the draft rolls around, but there's usually an experienced starter who slides lower than they should on Day 3. If the Bears land Driscoll here, they'll be adding a swing tackle with starter's upside early in his career.
Round 5, No. 146: Reggie Floyd, S, Virginia Tech
Starting safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix may have priced himself out of the Bears' market, and with no viable starting option currently on the roster, Chicago will be forced to add a second-tier free agent and a rookie to round out a depth chart opposite Eddie Jackson. Floyd has 179 tackles over the last two seasons for the Hokies, including an impressive 9.5 tackles for loss in 2018. He's a thumper at 6-feet, 222 pounds and would add a physical presence to both special teams and the secondary.
Round 6, No. 177: Jaron Bryant, CB, Fresno State
Much like the issues facing the Bears at safety, there will be some holes to fill at cornerback assuming Prince Amukamara is let go this offseason. The signing of CFL star Tre Roberson pushes cornerback further down Chicago's draft needs, which puts a prospect like Bryant in the mix toward the end of Day 3. He doesn't project as an NFL starter, but his height, length and knack for the big play (four defensive touchdowns) should earn him a spot on an active roster or practice squad as a rookie.
Round 6, No. 181 (from Eagles): Kendall Coleman, Edge, Syracuse
There's a good chance the Bears will prioritize edge rusher a lot earlier than the sixth round, especially if GM Ryan Pace determines it's time to move on from Leonard Floyd. If they decide to wait until Day 3, a player like Coleman would be a high-upside target. He's had 14 sacks over the last two seasons, including 10 in 2018.
Round 7, No. 211: Calvin Throckmorton, OT, Oregon
This pick marks the second offensive tackle drafted by the Bears in this mock draft, and it isn't out of the realm of possibility that GM Ryan Pace takes this kind of approach. Throckmorton is a good value pick here because he projects more as a guard in the NFL, but his experience at offensive tackle gives him the kind of versatility to make him a two-for-one type selection.
Free agent options
The 2020 NFL Draft isn't the only way the Bears can bolster their roster this offseason.
Free agency might be where the Bears can make the most additions.