NFL Draft 2020: 10 prospects still available for Bears in second round
The first round of the NFL Draft is in the books and no, the Bears did not trade up to make a pick Thursday night.
However, at least one of the prospects I had eyed for the Bears at No. 43 came off the board, as the Las Vegas Raiders took Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette with the No. 19 pick they acquired from the Bears in the Khalil Mack trade.
It’s still possible general manager Ryan Pace will move around Friday night, but as it stands now, the Bears hold the No. 43 and No. 50 picks. Here are 10 prospects still available to choose from:
10. Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Delpit has some versatility at safety and I love his nose for the football. There are some tackling issues so I’m not sure he can be fully counted on to allow Eddie Jackson to go back to his centerfield position, but Delpit does have the ability to be a quick starter in Chuck Pagano’s defense.
9. Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
Questions about immaturity make me wonder if the Bears would take a chance on Shenault, but I love him as a player. He can do everything at the receiver position and is one of the most versatile players in the draft. He’s similar to Cordarrelle Patterson, but I think he will be a dependable go-up-and-get-it receiver too. Offseason core muscle surgery contributed to Shenault’s drop.
8. Bradlee Anae, EDGE, Utah
Turn on the Senior Bowl tape and you might think Khalil Mack was out there. Anae completely wrecked the game. Most projections seem to have him in the third round, but teams will regret passing on the 30-sack rusher from Utah. Anae’s a little short in length, but his hands are outstanding. His tape against USC’s Austin Jackson (who went No. 18 overall to the Dolphins) is outstanding. Anae would make the Bears’ pass rush even more dangerous.
7. Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
Kmet is a well-rounded tight end that projects more as a Kyle Rudolph rather than a George Kittle, but that would still be a major upgrade at the position. The Lake Barrington native said he’s had “quite a bit of contact” with the Bears.
6. Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
I have a late second round/early third round grade on Hurts, but I won’t criticize the Bears if they take him at No. 50. The Bears need to take a swing on a young quarterback and the chances of that swing being a home run are higher if they don’t wait until the late rounds.
5. Chase Claypool, WR/TE, Notre Dame
It’s hard to find this kind of size and speed in the second round. Being a “tweener” could actually make Claypool the ideal “U” the Bears are looking for. If he can create matchup problems, he’ll be the “adjustor” Matt Nagy talks about. I mocked Claypool to the Bears at No. 50 in my latest Bears mock draft.
4. Lloyd Cushenberry, C/G, LSU
Ryan Pace has had success with interior linemen in the second round, and Cushenberry is similar to Cody Whitehair and James Daniels, both understated players who became quick starters. Cushenberry has traits the Bears like and would be welcomed by the new offensive line coach.
3. Zach Baun, EDGE, Wisconsin
I’m not sure Baun will still be there at No. 43, but if he is, he’d be a steal. He has first round ability as a pass rusher and enough versatility to cover and move sideline-to-sideline, potentially giving the Bears depth at inside linebacker too. A diluted sample at the NFL Combine could contribute to a fall.
2. Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
I expected Mims to go in the first round Thursday night, but he’s still on the board. The Bears need speed at wide receiver and Mims has it. They might need to trade up to get him.
1. Josh Jones, OT, Houston
I would expect Jones to go off the board early Friday night, but you have to wonder if he’s the type of player Ryan Pace would consider trading up for if he creeps closer to the No. 43 pick. Jones is extremely athletic and is still relatively raw with plenty of room to improve at the next level.