The Chicago Bears are in quite the conundrum. Yes, they made the postseason this season, but it certainly had a hollow feeling for anyone that followed it closely. Thanks to a somewhat lucky 5-0 start to the season, despite sub-par offensive play basically across the board, the Bears put themselves in a position to make the playoffs as a wild-card team in what was a down year for the NFC. With a slight resurgence of offensive play against Jacksonville, Houston, and Minnesota in the final month of the season, the Bears barely squeaked in as the final wild-card team for the conference.
They were rewarded with a never-really-competitive 21-9 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
There were question marks around the Bears’ brass during the final stretch of the season. Would general manager Ryan Pace be retained? Would head coach Matt Nagy return? Most would have told you that the right decision would have been to move on from both and start clean, but it appears both men are safe in their jobs for now.
So given that, what has to change in Chicago? Most of the answers to that question fall on the offense. The defense, which did lose its leader, as defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano recently announced his retirement, has been strong in Chicago and should still continue to be, at least for the short-term. The offense needs a change at quarterback, an improved run game, and depending on what happens in free agency, might need some immediate offensive weapons.
With all that in mind, let’s run through a 7-round mock draft for the Bears to see what an ideal haul might look like.
Round 1 (No. 20 overall): Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
The Bears have to upgrade their offensive tackle situation. Chicago hasn’t drafted an offensive tackle in the first round since Gabe Carimi in 2011. That needs to change this year. Barring one of the top four quarterbacks being in range, an offensive tackle upgrade would be the best value selection they can make.
Round 2 (No. 52 overall): Josh Myers, IOL, Ohio State
Myers is a strong starting center possibility for the Bears if they plan on emphasizing their inside zone runs moving forward. He’s a great interior option who has shown good consistency and chemistry during his time at Ohio State. He’s mean up front and would match the O-Line attitude the Bears need to infuse. This is a group that needs to get younger and have a higher talent ceiling, Darrisaw and Myers accomplish those goals for them.
Round 3 (No. 83 overall): Seth Williams, WR, Auburn
Wide receiver Allen Robinson is an upcoming free agent. If the Bears lose him, they’ll be drafting wide receivers higher than this. But over the next few years, they could also lose Anthony Miller too, so a wide receiver selection will be warranted at some point. Seth Williams was limited by the offensive success at Auburn over the last few years, but he’s shown he can be a very good outside receiver with “X” like size and strength.
Round 5 (No. 160 overall): Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M
Alright, so, this is a little later than you’d want for a quarterback selection, especially for a team that really needs one like Chicago, but unless they get creative and do some moving up and down—which they could—then where they select right now makes it tough. No. 20 will be too late for the top four quarterbacks in this class, and will be too early for the next crop of guys; 52 would then likely be too late for Mac Jones.
Taking a chance on Kellen Mond would make sense for them. He’s a big quarterback with a big arm and some added mobility to his game. Up until this year, he really didn’t show the consistency needed for Texas A&M to be a real contender, but he did see a jump in accuracy and efficiency. He’s worth taking a flyer on.
Round 6 (No. 197 overall): Jordon Scott, IDL, Oregon
The Bears need some extra beef on the interior. Picking an interior defensive lineman this late means you likely won’t get much pass-rush upside, which is probably the case with Scott, but he’s an anchor in the run game and can be a very useful player in certain short-yardage situations, as well as early-down work if you want to mix up your fronts.
Round 6 (No. 215 overall): Tammorion Terry, WR, Florida State
As stated previously in the Williams section, the Bears need some new juice at receiver, regardless of what happens in free agency over the next two years. Where Williams brings you that “X” kind of size, Tammorion Terry brings you that field-stretching speed. He averaged 20 yards per catch through his first two years at FSU.
Round 7 (No. 220 overall): Josh Jobe, CB, Alabama
Josh Jobe is the corner who plays opposite Patrick Surtain II in Alabama’s secondary. Jobe has the frame at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds to be a press-man coverage corner. He likes to play with physicality, but it’s still a work in progress. I would be shocked if he lasted this long in the draft. But if he did, the Bears could use some cornerback depth to potentially develop and Jobe would be ideal for that.
Now it’s time for you to use our Mock Draft Machine and help the Bears accomplish their 2021 draft goals.