The Bears were super smart and awesome and traded for Khalil Mack, so they don’t have many picks in this draft. That works out pretty well however, since they also don’t have many needs as a roster.
Uncertainty swirls around the future of nickel corner Bryce Callahan and safety Adrian Amos, making the secondary Chicago’s biggest priority unless the duo returns. Depth at offensive tackle is something the team could look into, while running back will be a mid-to-late round target if Jordan Howard is indeed dealt at some point this offseason.
Using our Mock Draft Machine here at The Draft Network, I came away with his five-pick haul for the Bears in my latest team mock draft.
Round 3, Pick 87: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
Ya-Sin ran well enough (4.51) to not plummet his stock, but his poor agility results could deter teams from selecting him as high as the Round 1 whispers might indicate. Ya-Sin is raw and needs to make improvements to his press technique, but he competes like a madman and has tons of swagger. Perfect corner to sit behind Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller and learn for his first season.
Round 4, Pick 126: Mike Edwards, S, Kentucky
Edwards can play in the nickel, blitz, play the run in the box and rotate deep as needed. He’s not a great athlete, but he’s instinctive, extremely aware and physical, all traits Chicago values. With Bryce Callahan’s future uncertain, the Bears could play Edwards at nickel, or think about him as an option to replace Adrian Amos at strong safety.
Round 5, Pick 162: Oli Udoh, OT, Elon
Charles Leno and Bobby Massie are entrenched as the team’s starters, but a developmental tackle with intriguing upside would be a wise addition on day three. Udoh is absolutely massive with vines for arms, yet still tested extremely well at the Combine. Chicago would be wise to invest at tackle before it’s a crying need.
Round 7, Pick 222: Devine Ozigbo, RB, Nebraska
I still can’t believe Ozigbo wasn’t invited to the Combine, but his speed and strength as a big running back is exactly the type of player Chicago will need if they move on from Jordan Howard. Ozigbo caught the ball really well during Shrine Week, which is important in Matt Nagy’s offense.
Round 7, Pick 238: Jordan Brailford, EDGE, Oklahoma State
Brailford flashed pass rush ability in a breakout year at Oklahoma State, then played well at the Shrine Game before impressing at the Combine. He’s a little bit raw for an older prospect and his injury history is extensive, but in this range of the draft it might be worth it to see what kind of upside he has.