Chicago Bears rookie Jaylon Johnson will win Defensive Rookie of the Year
The last Chicago Bears rookie to win a Rookie of the Year award was Brian Urlacher in 2000. Since the inception of the award in 1967, the Chicago Bears have produced four Rookie of the Year award winners. Three of those winners came from the defensive side of the ball (Urlacher, Mark Carrier and Wally Chambers), while only one winner came from the offensive side of the ball (Anthony Thomas). Could 2020 be the season a fifth player from the Bears wins the award?
With the 50th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and the Bears second pick this offseason, Ryan Pace drafted cornerback Jaylon Johnson. Johnson has all the tools and traits to be a shutdown corner in the NFL. His size and ability to track the ball will help him produce a rookie season worthy enough to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
Playing behind a front seven that will bring consistent pressure to the quarterback will help Johnson. We all know that when quarterbacks face constant pressure they are more prone to turning the ball over. This will help Johnson snag multiple interceptions this year. Johnson will be coming off shoulder surgery (his third) but many, including a doctor, have said his shoulder will be fine. My bold prediction is that Johnson comes away with five picks this season to win the award.