NFL Draft 2020: 5 bold Bears and Ryan Pace predictions
The NFL Draft is only a few weeks away. What will we see from the Bears and general manager Ryan Pace?
Multiple trade downs? Drafting a quarterback? Acquiring double-digit draft picks?
Here are five bold predictions for what Pace and the Bears will do later this month.
5. The Bears select a RB
Pace has drafted a running back in four of his five drafts and will do so again. Most recently, Pace used a third-round pick on David Montgomery in 2019. He also selected Tarik Cohen, Jordan Howard and Jeremy Langford.
Montgomery figures to be the bell cow, and Tarik Cohen is a staple in Matt Nagy’s scheme because of his versatility as a receiver. But the Bears need a speed element in their ground game to compliment Montgomery’s physicality.
4. The Bears come out of the draft with 10 picks
As of now, they have seven selections (43, 50, 163, 196, 200, 226 and 233).
Pace is known for his draft day trades, and you can expect that to continue. The difference this year is that he’ll be moving down the board more often.
Pace will add a couple of mid-round picks with a trade down or two in the second-round, and will execute a few more deals to go for more of a shotgun approach in his draft strategy this year.
3. Pace waits until Day 3 to select a DB
In his first five drafts, Pace hasn't taken a defensive back until the fourth round. Some of that has to do with the draft board, but there’s also a pattern to how Pace drafts and builds a roster.
He invests in the front seven on defense in both big money and draft capital. Expect that to continue this year.
This is with the assumption that blue chippers like Trevon Diggs, Jeff Gladney, etc are off the board
2. The Bears DO NOT select a QB
The Bears will not carry three quarterbacks on the roster, and selecting someone like Jake Fromm or Anthony Gordon risks losing them on waivers.
Other options are James Morgan and Cole McDonald on Day 3 as development QBs on the practice squad, but I don’t see the value unless Trubisky is traded.
When Pace was introduced, he said he would ideally select a quarterback in every draft class. That hasn’t happened, and it won't this year, either.
1. Ryan Pace trades down in the second round twice
The Bears desperately need mid-round picks, as they don’t have a third or fourth in this year's draft. And with Pace’s history of moving up and down the draft board, you can bet he’ll be wheeling and dealing with both second-round selections.
The second round has depth and will likely allow the Bears to land a Day 1 starter at the least, if not two.