Who are some names to look at in the Chicago Bears Mock Draft 3.0
As draft season approaches we will continue to pump out Chicago Bears Mock Drafts to discuss potential fits at different draft slots. Last year we identified Roquan Smith, Bilal Nichols, Kylie Fitts, and Javon Wims as fits so the hope is to get a similar mix of names in these mocks as well.
As always, try to keep the “he will not be there” talk to a minimum, as no one actually knows who will or will not be there. To get a pool of players available, I used the mock draft simulator over at the Draft Network.
Despite signing Aaron Lynch this week the Chicago Bears can certainly add to their outside linebacker group if the right player fell to pick 87. The Bears showed some interest in Ximines back at the Senior Bowl, but since then his buzz has been quiet.
Ximines had a solid combine, but did not blow the event away. He showed below average length, but was consistently near or above average in most athletic testing categories.
That was expected when you watch Ximines, as we broke down in his scouting profile.
Ximines is a highly productive college player, but is going to fall around pick 87 because he faced small school competition and is not an elite level athlete.
However, he is worth a pick at 87 because he is a capable athlete above average in the areas it matters, and is refined as a pass rusher. Ximines has four seasons at ODU with at least five sacks and compiled 18.5 combined in his last two years. He got better every year, has serious experience and became someone who can get on an NFL field.
Next season he would compete with Kylie Fitts and Isaiah Irving for a roster spot. Coming in more refined than Fitts and stronger than Irving would give him a great chance. Ximines could be a valued depth piece who helps next year and grows into a role player and potential starter moving forward.
Kyle Long is back but has not played in over nine games in a season since 2015. While the Bears added Ted Larsen, they lost Eric Kush and Bryan Witzmann, two players the team needed last season.
In a perfect world Long is healthy and James Daniels takes a step forward. To prepare for other scenarios, the team needs to add interior depth at some point in the draft. Connor McGovern is a perfect fit coming from Penn State.
A versatile offensive lineman, McGovern showed that he has great reach and is a smoot mover at the NFL combine.
His experience at guard and center is key for the Bears, who have added plenty of versatile lineman in their day. McGovern also profiles as a run blocker first, which can help the team where the struggled the most last season.
The Bears can work up his pass protection ability while he sits as a versatile depth piece next year. With Kyle Long moving on sooner rather than later, McGovern could be add competition to start in the next year or two.
This may be the furthest that the Chicago Bears can go without taking a running back. However, if they are able to wait until 162 and end up with Alexander Mattison, they may wind up as the winners of the draft.
Mattison seems to be flying under the radar. He does not have breakaway speed, and a poor showing at the combine did not ease any of those concerns. However, he did show great size, strength and explosion.
At his Pro Day he improved his 40 time to the 4.52-4.57 range. Even with the Pro Day bump, he showed slight improvement that will keep him under the radar, but does show teams that he is working hard this offseason to improve on his weaknesses.
Mattison is an enticing back because while he not only can use his power to run rampant into the second level, he also provides as a passing game asset.
If the Chicago Bears sit at 87 and do not see a name like Miles Sanders or Darrell Henderson on the board, the next most complete back is Alexander Mattison. He may not have the breakway speed, but his explosion can suffice, and his draft cost gives the Bears a chance to add in other areas, and then find a versatile back to compliment Tarik Cohen and Mike Davis.
It is unlikely for the Chicago Bears to pass on secondary altogether. Amadi is a nice seventh round addition because he is versatile in his skill set. Listed as a safety, Amadi can also take snaps in the slot, as he is a bit undersized. While he is not explosive, he does have solid speed and adequate arm length.
Off of the edge he is a strong blitzer, and while he lacks great explosion, he does have strong ball skills with nine career interceptions.
Amadi is a team captain and has all of the football intangibles. However, being an undersized tweener with slot/safety capabilities makes him a late round option. Amadi brings special teams upside, and with the Bears losing players in the slot and at saftey, they can add Amadi and see where he fits in compared to players such as Sherrick McManis and DeAndre Houston-Carson.
I have yet to include a kicker in a mock, but as the draft gets closer it seems more and more likely to happen. From an optics stand point, it would be tough for them not to draft a kicker. They want to show that they are exhausting every avenue, and they are.
They signed a player, added someone who won a try out, brought in an AAF name, and will likely draft one and add a UDFA as well. They need to figure this out, and if they do leave a stone unturned, it will look like wasted oppurtunity.
The Chicago Bears were interested in Gay and spent time with him at the combine and at his Pro Day. He has a big leg, which the Bears want to see cut through the wind of Chicago. He certainly could be their guy.