Chicago Bears pick 76th overall
This mock draft has the Chicago Bears investing in the defensive backfield early once again. This is not a good sign as the team took Jaylon Johnson in the second-round this offseason. My guess is that Draft Wire is predicting the Bears to cut Kyle Fuller in 2021. This is definitely a possibility as he comes with a $20 million dollar cap hit next year. If the team cuts him, he will only cost them $9 million in dead cap. With a reduction in the salary cap, the team might not have a choice here.
Personally, I am not sure throwing $9 million away is a good idea, but they might need that $11 million. If the team has the luxury of cutting Fuller, this would mean Johnson had a fantastic rookie season or Fuller looked absolutely awful — or both hold true.
Marco Wilson has great size for an outside corner. He is 6’0″ tall and 190 pounds. The problem is, counting on a third-round pick to step in and start on a high level is risky. The team might need to find a cheap veteran in the offseason next year to be a placeholder as Wilson becomes acclimated to the speed and toughness of the NFL.
In three years with Florida, Wilson only has three interceptions. All of those came during the 2019 season and maybe that means he is on a path to becoming an even better prospect. He only played one game in 2018 due to a torn ACL. Seeing him come back and play in 2019 without limitations is a good sign for his future though. He even showed the versatility that many NFL teams covet these days by playing both outside and in the Nickel.
All-in-all, this draft would be exciting for many, but I find it frustrating. This means the team did not perform up to my expectations in 2020. This means another year wasted with defensive talent that not many other teams have on their rosters. Would it be the sign of another “rebuild”? Maybe not like what we saw during the shift from the Phil Emery to Ryan Pace years, but a mini one at least.
This is very early and prospect rankings can change drastically between now and the 2021 NFL Draft. Nevertheless, an early look at this time of year is still fun to consider.