Chicago Bears: 5 positives halfway through the season

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The 2020 NFL Draft Class

Bears’ general manager Ryan Pace didn’t have a lot of picks in this draft, but he made the most out of three of them especially. Three players from this class have earned regular playing time on the roster despite the Bears only have two picks in the first two days.

First, the Bears took tight end Cole Kmet. Kmet has faced a lot of flak recently for being a bust, despite not even playing much yet, but he has been a solid asset thus far this season. He has now jumped veteran tight end, Demetrius Harris, on the depth chart now just behind Jimmy Graham. Kmet has blocked very well so far and has made some very acrobatic catches like his catch against the Rams.

Shortly after taking Kmet, Pace took Jaylon Johnson, a cornerback out of Utah. Johnson has been a lockdown corner even as a rookie and been arguably one of the best corners in his class already. Johnson has allowed just a 46.8% completion when being targeted and an 82.3 passer rating. He also has 10 passes defended. He has made the secondary light-years better making it one of the best in the league.

Then in the fifth-round, Pace drafted small, but speedy wide receiver Darnell Mooney. Mooney had a lot of issues coming out of college, such as his frame, size, and drops, but he has put those issues to rest as he is developing into one of the best deep threats in the NFL. He is on pace for 86 targets, 52 receptions, 610 yards, and four touchdowns as just a rookie. Mooney has blown by defenses many times and Foles has missed him. He was the steal of the draft for this Bears’ team.