Round 2, 36th overall- Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
After trading up to get Trubisky, the Bears needed to trade back in round two to recoup most of the picks they jettisoned to move up one spot. But after standing pat at three in this alternate universe, the Bears had no need to trade down and looked at who might be the best player available.
In this case, the Bears select the BPA and in a position of need. Jones is a great pick here. After letting Alshon Jeffery walk in the offseason, the Bears depth at wide receiver is rather lacking. They don’t have a lot of reliable hands. The Bears like what they’ve seen out of Cameron Meredith and if Kevin White can ever stay on the field, they have some big play ability in him, but there isn’t much else in the cupboard.
Jones would be able to step in and become a reliable receiving target for Mike Glennon. He doesn’t have blazing speed, but he has a very good pair of hands and knows how to use the space the defense gives him to get open. The Bears drafted Adam Shaheen in reality, but they wouldn’t want to select Shaheen this soon and know they have plenty of other TE options available to them later in the draft.