2020 NFL draft

Bears' Leno Jr. is really excited about rookie CB Jaylon Johnson

Bears' Leno Jr. is really excited about rookie CB Jaylon Johnson

Bears fans are excited to see what the latest draft picks can bring to the team this season, and offensive tackle Charles Leno Jr. is excited for one player in particular.

On Wednesday's episode of the Gottem Podcast, the Pro Bowler said that he is really excited to watch rookie cornerback Jaylon Johnson play for the Bears.

"I really enjoy watching his (Johnson's) highlight tape," Leno Jr. said. "He can play some ball."

Johnson, a defensive back out of Utah, was picked in the second round (50th overall) by the Bears and was the first defensive player the Bears selected. The Bears released starting cornerback Prince Amukamara in February and are looking for someone to take the starting job opposite Kyle Fuller.

Johnson will be up against Kevin Toliver, Tre Roberson and Artie Burns.

Pro Football Focus named Johnson as its favorite pick from the Bears, stating that Johnson is 'one of the feisteist cornerbacks in the draft class and an exceptional fit for a zone-heavy team like the Bears.'

And Leno Jr. agrees.

Looking forward to seeing if the feisty cornerback out of Utah can help the Bears remain a top-ranked defense in the NFL.

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2020 Draft Grades: Bears' draft class earns high marks from NFL.com

2020 Draft Grades: Bears' draft class earns high marks from NFL.com

The Chicago Bears paid off their first-round debt to the Las Vegas Raiders for the Khalil Mack trade during the 2020 NFL Draft. But with two top-50 selections and seven picks overall, general manager Ryan Pace added several quality football players in what shaped up to be a quality draft class.

According to NFL.com's Chad Reuter, it nearly deserved an "A" grade.

The Bears’ first-round pick this year was held by the Raiders as part of the deal for sackmaster Khalil Mack. They found a talented tight end in Kmet (whom I like more than most), though the pick gives them an absurd amount of depth at the position. Johnson was a good pick later in the second round, as well. Gipson is an underrated player who offered solid value in the fifth round. Vildor has many fans across the league. Hambright is an intriguing prospect with great upside for a seventh-round pick.

Cole Kmet and Jaylon Johnson should challenge for starting jobs in 2020 (at least they will at some point), and Trevis Gipson is a toolsy pass rusher with upside. There's actually quite a bit of pressure on Gipson to do well — more than the average fifth-round pick — because of the investment Pace made in his selection. He traded a 2021 fourth-round pick to move up in the fifth round to grab him.

It's hard to argue with a draft class that has this much potential. One might say that Pace should've rolled the dice on Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round, but as is the case with every draft year, we won't know whether or not that was a mistake until several years from now.

Until then, the Bears' roster definitely improved as they embark on a season with playoff aspirations.

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Under Center Podcast: Did the Bears address their roster issues?

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Under Center Podcast: Did the Bears address their roster issues?

As the 2020 NFL draft wraps up, Ryan Pace has selected 7 new players in this draft. JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis, and Bryan Perez discuss how well Ryan Pace did in this draft, why didn't they draft a quarterback, and they grade the NFC North's draft selections. Spoiler Alert, the Packers finish last.

(4:20) - Why Ryan Pace selected Travis Gibson

(14:08) - Bears think 5th round pick Darnell Mooney can be the deep threat they need

(21:23) - Why didn't Ryan Pace select a quarterback in the draft

(28:26) - Bears sign Khalil Mack's younger brother

(30:20) - Grading the NFC North's drafts

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Under Center Podcast

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