Chicago Bears: Way too early seven-round 2020 mock draft

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Picks No. 141 and 145

Until the compensatory picks are released, the Bears fourth-rounder is not available on the mock draft simulator. This mock draft will be fluid and changes will need to be made as the offseason progresses.

Draft No. 1

Anthony Gordon – Washington State, QB (141)

Here we go, folks. I am a Mitchell Trubisky fan and supporter, but Ryan Pace needs to draft another quarterback in this draft. Seeing Anthony Gordon fall here to the fifth round is looking to be unlikely, but it is not impossible. If he’s available when the Bears have their fourth-round compensatory pick, I would consider taking him there too.

Gordon is one of the top, developmental quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft. He has solid pocket awareness and can extend plays with his legs when needed. Has the ability to hit the deep ball, something Trubisky struggled within 2019. Not saying he will be as good as Patrick Mahomes, but he does show similarities in his ability to throw accurately with different arm angles.

He shows the inability to keep his feet under control at times. This usually happens when under pressure. He is not a “running” quarterback but can do just enough when needed. Gordon has a strong enough arm for the NFL and a “gunslinger” mentality. The Bears would have to keep three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster, but having a guy like Gordon to push Trubisky is worth it.

Bryan Edwards – South Carolina, WR (145)

Wow. I do not think this mock draft could have gone any better for the Chicago Bears. Bryan Edwards would be an absolute steal here in my opinion. I have Edwards as a third-round talent. He would be the perfect fit for this team too.

Edwards has decent speed and put together some solid yards after catch (YAC) while playing for South Carolina. The Bears lack a guy who can take slants to the house, but Edwards could be that guy despite not being as fast as say, Taylor Gabriel. Edwards is not going to be an Allen Robinson who can track and high-point the football. He would fit well with Trubisky though as he’s ideally best suited for screens and slants, something Matt Nagy runs often.

Draft No. 2

Chase Claypool – Notre Dame, WR (141)

This was one of those best player available picks. In fact, it was somewhat similar to when Ryan Pace took Riley Ridley in the fourth round last year. Chase Claypool is an underrated wide receiver in this draft. He is a big receiver and nothing like Bryan Edwards. Claypool is go up and get it type of receiver. He has the ability to catch contested balls and would make a great addition to the Bears wide receiver corps.

Last season, Claypool caught 66 balls for 1,037 yards and 13 touchdowns. He would give the Bears a great red zone target. Trubisky likes to throw that corner fade but only Allen Robinson has the ability to high-point and catch contested balls. Unfortunately, Claypool is not the fastest receiver and would likely struggle with separation on man-to-man coverage.

Julian Blackmon – Utah, S (145)

This draft has now gone, offense, defense, offense and defense again. The Bears have some holes to fill on both sides of the ball due to expiring contracts. With Ha Ha Clinton-Dix likely to seek a payday elsewhere, Ryan Pace will need to find his replacement. Free agency is an option or they could bring back Deon Bush relatively cheap. That said, drafting another safety is important.

Drafting Julian Blackmon here in the fifth round makes sense. He fits the Chicago Bears system well and is projected to be more of a strong safety than free safety. This would allow Eddie Jackson to play more in his natural free safety role. Blackmon has great size and tackling ability. He might need time to adjust to the speed and depths of routes in the NFL, but could he be the Bears next Adrian Amos (who was also a fifth-rounder)?