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New mock draft has Bears making trade in 2nd round

New mock draft has Bears making trade in 2nd round

The 2020 NFL draft will be a challenge for Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace. He won't be armed with a first-round pick and has just two selections before the fifth round. Chicago is expected to receive a fourth-round compensatory pick after losing safety Adrian Amos in free agency last year, but that's merely an assumption at this point.

It would come as no surprise if Pace makes a move or two in the second round to acquire more draft capital. It's more likely the Bears will trade down in the 2020 draft as opposed to recent drafts where Pace made aggressive moves up the board for WR Anthony Miller (2018) and RB David Montgomery (2019). 

In the latest mock draft from The Draft Network, Pace slides back from No. 43 to No. 48 (originally held by the Jets) and adds an additional fifth-rounder to his toolbox. And the Bears still end up with a player who fans would be happy with at their original pick in tight end Brycen Hopkins (Purdue).

The Bears' trade down was a good one, as they grab a target from earlier in the round while grabbing a fifth in return. Doesn't feel like much, but their cupboards are bare this year, and they need more weapons on offense to survive with Mitch Trubisky at QB

There aren't any trades at No. 50 overall, Chicago's second of two second-rounders. Instead, this mock draft sends the Bears LSU offensive tackle Saadiq Charles.

Saahdiq Charles is one of my favorite developmental tackles that. nobody talks about. He's not ready to step in and start in Year 1, but the Bears can keep Bobby Massie and Charles Leno installed as starters through this year and re-evaluate after Charles bulks up.

Charles will go through the rest of the draft process with some red flags after serving a six-game suspension for the Tigers in 2019. Still, with the premium placed on offensive tackles in today's NFL, landing a player at the position who has starter's upside is a big win, especially with the Bears having more flexibility to get out of Bobby Massie's contract at the end of 2020. While offensive tackle doesn't appear like Chicago's most pressing need, it quickly could become one next year if they don't add a developmental starter early in the 2020 draft.

It's hard to argue with a draft haul that brings the Bears a tight end and an offensive tackle in the second round, as well as an additional fifth-round pick along the way.

Four current and former Bears make Pro Football Hall of Fame's all-decade team

Four current and former Bears make Pro Football Hall of Fame's all-decade team

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its all-decade team for the 2010s and the Bears are well represented.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, all of the Bears on the list are on defense and special teams. Julius Peppers, Khalil Mack, Devin Hester and Cordarrelle Patterson are the honorees who wore Bears colors in the 2010s.

Hester was a punt returner on the 2000s team. Now he joins Patterson as the two kick returners on the 2010s team.

Peppers got two of his six All-Pro recognitions with the Bears in the 2010s and is one of four defensive ends to make the cut.

Mack, who joined the Bears in 2018, is one of six linebackers on the all-decade team. He is a five-time Pro Bowler, was Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 when he was with the Raiders and a three-time first team All-Pro pick, including his first season with the Bears. 

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Bears weighing options for how to conduct 2020 NFL draft

Bears weighing options for how to conduct 2020 NFL draft

The Bears, like the rest of the NFL, will conduct the 2020 NFL draft very differently from years past. Instead of a crowded war room at Halas Hall, general manager Ryan Pace, coach Matt Nagy and the rest of the team's who's who will be forced to adjust to the nation's social distancing effort to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

There are several options available to the Bears, ranging from a smaller group of influential voices in the war room to a virtual setting at their homes.

"They've been preparing us for all of this," Pace said via the team's website. "We have a couple options right now. The first one would be Halas with a limited number of people and using the technology in our draft room. [Another] one would be an offsite location, which we're establishing several options now. The third one would be operating from our homes remotely, which obviously there are some challenges with that. We're kind of going through each one of them. We do have some offsite locations, but we haven't pinpointed one down just yet.

"Whatever they tell us to do, we'll be ready. And we're just going to follow the experts in that area."

Nagy said the Bears will rely on their tech department to get it right.

"It's going to be certainly different for us," he said. "You've got to be tech-savvy. That's why we are relying on all those [IT] people. They've been amazing and communicating with us on how to do things. I have my office here at my house and I'm able to have four different computers rolling."

The Bears will have the first day of the draft to adjust to the new normal this April. Without a first-round pick, Chicago won't be on the clock until No. 43 overall. They have two picks in the second round but (No.s 43 and 50) but don't select again (as of now) until the fifth round.

Pace has traditionally been very active with draft-day trades, sliding up and down the draft board at equal rates. He may not have as much comfort doing that in 2020 because of the unique working conditions.

Regardless, the Bears have to get their picks right this year in what will be a critical draft class to round out a roster poised to make a run at the NFC North crown this fall. 

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