Chicago Bears: Recent mock draft has Ryan Pace drafting a new quarterback

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Chicago Bears, Hunter Bryant
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Pick No. 43

With the Chicago Bears first pick in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, this mock draft has the team selecting Hunter Bryant. Bryant might be the most dynamic pass-catching tight end in the upcoming NFL Draft. Bryant reminds me of Evan Engram in that he does not have the biggest frame, but he is abe to line up in the slot or spread out in multiple formations.

Hunter Bryant is 6’2″ and 239lbs. He was a great receiving option for Washington’s Jacob Eason, but he lacked touchdown upside. Eason himself is projected to go in the first or second round. Eason threw 23 touchdowns, but Bryant was only on the receiving end of three of those. He did catch 52 balls for 825 yards though. Bryant has the potential to become a star at the NFL level though and this is why the Bears are linked to him. They desperately need tight end help.

Bryant did not fare as well in his previous seasons at Washington. As a sophomore, he played in five games and caught only 11 balls. That said, he did gain 238 yards for an average of 21.6 yards per catch. His freshman year, Bryant grained 331 yards on 22 catches. Could it be that Bryant became a bigger part of the offense in 2019 or was it more to do with Jacob Eason’s emergence?

Bryant is not going to make a good in-line blocker. He would instantly be the most dynamic tight end on the Bears roster, including Trey Burton. Bryant would not be my first choice at tight end though. I am hoping the Bears are able to draft Cole Kmet in the second round, but this mock draft has him going in the first round to the New Orleans Saints. Unfortunately, with how much attention Kmet has been receiving lately he just might end up going in the first round.