Chicago Bears: Recent mock draft leads to Allen Robinson replacement
The Chicago Bears draft Allen Robinson‘s replacement in a recent mock draft
In a recent 2021 mock draft by Pro Football Network, the Chicago Bears neglect to draft a quarterback in the first round. Instead, they look to draft a wide receiver instead. This could be due to the fact that three quarterbacks go off the board before the Bears pick at number 19 overall.
The mock draft is predicting that both New York teams will pick first and second overall. The Jets will be the worst team in the league and walk away with Trevor Lawrence. The Jets know they are going to find themselves at the top of the draft board. This is why they released LeVeon Bell after not finding a trade partner and why rumors are floating around that Sam Darnold is going to be traded.
The New York Giants come in at number two overall and in this mock draft, they move on from Daniel Jones. Jones has not been great, but I find it hard to believe they move on from Jones so quickly. In this mock draft, the Giants select Justin Fields, the quarterback out of Ohio State. If I had to guess, I think the Giants trade down and take a wide receiver instead, but who knows. Jones has turned the ball over plenty and the team is not winning enough. Maybe they do move on.
The third and final quarterback to be selected in the first round of this mock draft is Trey Lance. Lance is a hot name thrown around by fans on Chicago Bears social media. The problem is, he seems to be trending upwards enough to be a top-10 pick. Personally, I do not have him that high in my rankings and think he’s more suited to be a mid-to-late, first-round pick. Either way, it does not appear the 4-1 Chicago Bears will be high enough in the draft order to get a top quarterback.
With three quarterbacks off the board, the Chicago Bears go wide receiver
Pro Football Network is predicting the Chicago Bears pick 19th overall. The mock draft has the Bears finding a replacement for Allen Robinson by drafting Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle. There is no relation here to Tom Waddle, but how great would it be for the Bears to lock down another Waddle — especially one who is as talented as Jaylen Waddle.
Although I would hate to see Allen Robinson go, if the Chicago Bears and Robinson cannot come to an agreement on a new contract, taking Waddle would be a great start in replacing Robinson’s production. Wide receivers are becoming bigger impacts in the NFL more quickly. The third season was always the breakout year, but it seems many are breaking out earlier now.
Waddle is not going to “replace” Robinson in the same way. Waddle is only 5’10”. He brings a different skill set to the game than Robinson who stands 6’3″. This should not worry Bears fans. The Kansas City Chiefs have succeeded with fast, shorter receivers like Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman. Waddle is a playmaker. His college stats might not look as great as others, but he also had to compete for targets with the likes of Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III and Devonta Smith.
If the Chicago Bears cannot find a quarterback replacement in the first round, I would absolutely love this pick at number 19. Hopefully Foles can be a bridge quarterback while the team finds their savior in the second or third rounds.