The 2020 NFL draft is still more than four months away, but it hasn't stopped draft experts from publishing their early mock drafts. And fortunately for Bears fans, most mock drafts now extend beyond just the first round.
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller published a new three-round mock draft Wednesday which has the Bears spending their first of two second-round selections on Georgia quarterback, Jake Fromm. The Fromm pick keeps with the trending narrative that general manager Ryan Pace will look to add competition for Mitch Trubisky this offseason.
Fromm would make a ton of sense for the Bears. He isn't overflowing with physical gifts and may end up settling in as an average NFL starter when it's all said and done, but he'd be a great insurance policy if Trubisky doesn't breakout in 2020. Fromm would provide Chicago with another young and talented option at quarterback who the Bears can insert into the lineup early next year if Trubisky fails.
The problem with this mock selection is that it might never have a chance to come to fruition. Fromm could sneak into the end of the first round and be off the board well before the Bears pick, which right now would be in the late-40's, early-50's.
With their second pick in the second round, Miller has the Bears taking Michigan offensive guard, Ben Bredeson. A veteran of more than 50 starts at guard, Bredeson would provide the Bears with the kind of physical toughness the interior of the offensive line has been missing since Kyle Long's injuries started mounting up.
Chicago isn't about to give up on 2018 second-round pick James Daniels, and Cody Whitehair appears set at center for as long as Trubisky is quarterback. But Rashaad Coward has done little to suggest he's the long-term answer at right guard which makes a prospect like Bredeson a logical target as a potential starter right away.
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Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson was one of three players from the team that participated in the 2020 Pro Bowl. He joined secondary-mate Kyle Fuller and special-teams ace Cordarrelle Patterson on the NFC squad, which came up short against the AFC, 38-33.
Jackson's performance in the 2019 regular season wasn't on the elite level he produced in 2018, but he was still among the conference's top third-level defenders. He was rewarded as such this offseason when GM Ryan Pace inked him to a four-year, $58 million extension, one that made him the highest-paid safety in NFL history.
Jackson started all 16 games last year and finished with 60 tackles and two interceptions.
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Chicago Bears QB Mitch Trubisky is entering the most important offseason of his NFL career. Naturally, he needs to be 100% healthy in order to hold off competition that's expected to be added by GM Ryan Pace via free agency or the NFL draft.
In order to get there, Trubisky underwent offseason surgery to repair the torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Trubisky was originally injured in Week 4's win over the Vikings.
The good news is the surgery was on his non-throwing shoulder. And while it'll be a few months before he's back to full strength, it's not nearly as severe as it would've been had it been his right side.
Trubisky's 2019 regular season was defined by regression. He took a step back in every major category, including completion percentage, yards and touchdowns. He didn't run nearly as much either, as his rushing totals dipped from 421 yards in 2018 to just 193 last year.
The Bears are one of the first teams connected to almost every big-name free-agent quarterback likely to hit the open market, and they've also been mentioned as a club that could potentially trade back into the first round if a quality quarterback prospect begins to slip in the 2020 NFL draft. Needless to say, the pressure's on No. 10.
We haven't seen enough from a healthy Trubisky to consider him a starting-quality player at this point, so a less-than-full-strength version of the 2017 second overall pick would've all but doomed his chances at holding onto the starting job this summer.