The pick is in. With the 50th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears select, Antoine Winfield Jr., safety out of Minnesota. Yep, I am very excited about this first pick. Winfield Jr. is a great fit for the Chicago Bears defense playing next to Eddie Jackson. It seems the Bears like Winfield also. Reports are that Ryan Pace is meeting Winfield during the pre-draft process. Although they will not be able to meet in person, some sort of video conferencing would take place.
Winfield would not be an in-the-box only safety that many fans want to see. In fact, he is more like Ha Ha Clinton-Dix than he is a pure strong safety. Although, Winfield is a more pure tackler than Clinton-Dix. After dealing with injuries in his first two seasons, Winfield came back strong and ready to prove himself worthy last year. He grabbed seven interceptions and also wrapped up 85 tackles.
Winfield has strong football instincts. You can tell he comes from a football family and has watched game film from an early age. If he was a few inches taller he might have been recruited to a high-profile school and would probably be a lock to be a first-round pick.
Personally, I think Xavier McKinney has a higher ceiling as an NFL prospect, but to move down, add picks, plus add Winfield Jr., who will be a starter within a year (maybe even as a rookie) would be the ideal situation for Ryan Pace and the Bears. Now Pace finds himself picking in just 27 picks instead of 113.