NFL Draft 2020: Who’s next for Bears after Cole Kmet and Jaylon Johnson?

NFL Draft 2020: Who’s next for Bears after Cole Kmet and Jaylon Johnson?

With their two Friday night picks, Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy addressed major positions of need, grabbing Notre Dame tight end Cole Kmet with the 43rd pick and Utah cornerback Jaylon Johnson seven picks later. 

So what's next? Staying on your couch all day, for one. On Saturday, the Bears have a whole bunch of picks: one in the 5th (163), two in the 6th (196, 200) and two in the 7th (226, 233). 

The only glaring position of need that the team hasn't addressed yet is offensive line, and it stands to reason that they'd try to fill out some depth there Saturday. TCU's Lucas Niang, Washington's Trey Adams, and LSU's Saahdiq Charles are all tackles the Bears could roll the dice on, while St. John's Ben Bartch and Auburn's Jack Driscoll could fill in the interior. 

At linebacker, names like Troy Dye (Oregon), Malik Harrison (Ohio State), and Akeem Davis-Gaither (App State) are all edge names to keep an eye on. 

And, if we really want to get crazy, Jake Fromm (Georgia), Jacob Eason (Washington), and Anthony Gordon (Washington State) are all QBs who may slip into the Bears' range. That would be a fun way to end the draft.

Under Center Podcast: Should Bears have added Cam Newton over Nick Foles?


Under Center Podcast: Should Bears have added Cam Newton over Nick Foles?

JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and Adam Hoge debate and discuss which quarterback GM Ryan Pace should have gone after this offseason.

Later, they discuss hurdles the NFL still has to go through in order to start the season, and also dive into Jay Cutler's chicken mystery.

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(1:51) - Did the Bears make the right decision by going after Nick Foles?

(7:47) - Is Cam Newton's upside bigger than Foles'?

(18:00) - What can the NFL learn from MLB's return-to-play plan?

(30:23) - NFL will shorten the preseason to two games

(37:00) - Bears coverage will change this year

(45:13) - Jay Cutler's missing chickens

Listen here or below.

Under Center Podcast



Robert Quinn says he wants to be 'icing on the cake' for Bears defense

Robert Quinn says he wants to be 'icing on the cake' for Bears defense

The failures of former Bears first-round pick Leonard Floyd have been well documented. His inability to develop into the kind of pass rusher GM Ryan Pace was expecting when he selected him with the ninth overall pick in 2016 forced Chicago to make a massive investment in the position this offseason when they signed Robert Quinn to a five-year, $70 million deal.

The Bears' decision to move on from Floyd was the result of his absolute failure to consistently pressure opposing quarterbacks. He managed just 18.5 sacks in four seasons in Chicago, including a career-low three in 2019. 

Quinn represents a massive upgrade opposite Khalil Mack, and he told Terrell Owens on the 'Getcha Popcorn Ready' podcast that he wants to be the missing piece on what could be a championship-caliber defense.

"They already have the talent there," Quinn said of the Bears defense. "I'm just trying to bring the icing on the cake. I believe in my talents. I know what I bring to the table and again I know what they had there already. 

"I think with that formula, we can do something special this year."

Quinn had a bounce-back season in 2019 with the Cowboys when he registered 11.5 sacks. It was his first season with more than 10 sacks since 2014, but it wasn't a fluke. Quinn's battled injuries over the last few years (which is obviously a concern moving forward), but when healthy, he's one of the game's top sack artists.

Quinn had a remarkable 19 sacks in 2013 with the Rams.

Quinn's presence off the edge will be a boon for Mack, who's coming off his worst season since his rookie year. His 8.5 sacks broke his streak of four-straight seasons with 10.5 sacks or more. Mack's down season was proof that he isn't Superman, although he sometimes plays like it, and that he needs a complementary edge rusher who can take some focus of pass protection away from him. Quinn will be that guy.

The only thing that will prevent Quinn from making a massive impact with the Bears is his health. He's played a full 16 games just once in the last five years; he appeared in 14 games in 2019.