The Bears have numerous questions entering the draft. They are searching for a quarterback and signed Andy Dalton to start next season with Nick Foles still on board. They have many defensive pieces, so we’ll see if they can hit on more offensive players through the draft. Here is a mock draft using NFL Mock Draft Database’s simulator for the Chicago Bears:
Round 1, Pick 20: Teven Jenkins, T, Oklahoma State
This is a no-brainer pick for the Bears. Jenkins is a Day-1 starter at right tackle and he is the best run blocker in the draft. Jenkins will bring a smash-mouth identity to the Bears and he has the versatility to play left tackle or either guard spot.
Round 2, Pick 52: Kelvin Joseph, CB, Kentucky
The biggest concern with Joseph is his character. Where he goes will come down to what teams think of who he is off the field. If those concerns check out, whoever selects him is getting a solid starter with CB1 upside. This is a big-time risk-reward pick but at the cornerback position, it is worth it. He and Jaylon Johnson could be a fantastic duo for years to come.
Round 3, Pick 84: Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson
Sticking with the smash-mouth identity offensively, Rodgers brings a toughness that is unmatched among his receiver peers. He will be a slot wideout and an early contributor. The Bears got a steal in Darnell Mooney last year and with Rodgers' route-running ability and strength, he’ll be an excellent third option for Dalton next year.
Round 5, Pick, 165: Malcolm Koonce, OLB, Buffalo
There are few prospects more polarizing than Koonce. Some teams may have a top 100 grade on him, while others will have him as a UDFA. Koonce fits the Bears' 3-4 scheme well. He may fall because he wasn’t able to participate in his Pro Day due to injury, making him a steal at this point in the draft.
Round 6 Pick 205: Buddy Johnson, ILB, Texas A&M
Two-down inside linebackers don’t go very high, making Johnson a good pick in the sixth round. He is instinctive and a great run defender. He’ll provide solid depth while being an elite run defender if he can be hidden in pass coverage.
Round 6, Pick 209: Jalen Camp, WR, Georgia Tech
Few know the name Jalen Camp, but he has the chance to be an elite special teamer at the next level. He was on Bruce Feldman’s freak list over the summer and put up fantastic numbers at his Pro Day. Camp isn’t there yet as a receiver, but he is worth taking on special-teams value alone.
Round 6, Pick 222: Jonathon Cooper, DE, Ohio State
At different points, Cooper looks like a top-100 talent on tape. The injury history and lack of high-level measurables are going to hurt him a lot. At this point in the draft, his concerns are worth it. His best football came during the college football playoff and Senior Bowl.
Round 7, Pick 229: Malik Herring, DT, Georgia
Nowadays, players recover from ACL injuries, but Herring suffered his during the Senior Bowl, making him likely to end up on reserve during his first year. He was solid when on the field and can play defensive end in a 3-4. If Herring has a successful recovery, he has the talent to end up as a rotational player down the road.
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