This trade may have bitten me in the rear a little. I moved up only eight spots and the fifth-round pick (No. 163) ended up being Anthony Gordon. I know, I know, Gordon is a top target for most Chicago Bears fans. I would have loved to add him, but there was a player I saw on the draft board that I just could not let go to another team. A prospect who I had my eye on for a while at this point and I channeled my inner Ryan Pace made the trade up.
Although I moved back quite a bit in the later rounds, I felt like adding this player with the Bears current roster and depth chart was important.
I decided to move up for cornerback A.J. Green. Green has some nice size to his frame. He is 6’1″ and 190lbs. Some say he is slow because he ran a 6.52 40-yard dash at the Combine. However, according to an interview he did with one of FanSided local sites (Da Windy City), Green strained his back on the bench press drill. He ran an unofficial time between 4.4 and 4.5 during his Pro Day. This was great news as many moved Green down their boards because of his initial run.
I will not try to talk about how Green is going to be a sure thing. He has his flaws. He honestly somewhat reminds me of Prince Amukamara. He can get out of position and grabby at times. He has some issues with this footwork too that can allow the receiver to make an extra move on him. The thing is, I think with some NFL coaching he can learn to get over these flaws. He will also need to improve his hand technique and that will help when he seems over reactionary.
Green will be a strong addition to the cornerback room. In the three years he started, Green grabbed six interceptions and averaged nearly four tackles per game. His one interception in 2019 he returned 27 yards for a touchdown. These are the types of players the Bears defense needs. Green would compete against Tre Roberson and Kevin Toliver for the starting spot opposite Kyle Fuller. He would also make a strong special teams addition if he did not win the starting spot.