Chicago Bears trade star player in this 2021 seven-round mock draft
Chicago Bears Mock Draft: Round 2, Pick 52
In this draft simulation, Alex Leatherwood was somehow available at 52. This was a no brainer for me, as the Bears were now able to grab two of the best tackle prospects in the draft. Alex Leatherwood is an absolute unit at tackle, standing 6’6 and weighing 310 pounds. He is a force in both pass and run blocking and has the ability to dominate defenders using his size and athleticism.
His weaknesses include not being able to handle creative edge rushers who can change their point of attack quickly, as Leatherwood’s lower body prevents him from reacting fast enough. He sometimes gets stuck in pass protection allowing quicker defenders to get by him. His stiffness in his lower body keeps him from being able to execute some blocks. This is another guy that could excel at guard which allows him to use his strengths more.
Still, he is a superb tackle prospect and can add another versatile player to the Bears’ offensive line. The Bears would have a deep group consisting of versatile, young linemen who could be a big part of the future of this offense. Shoring up the offensive line is what this offense needs as the line’s past struggles has held this offense back. Leatherwood and Slater would be a great duo for the future.
Player comparison: Russel Okung, Tristan Wirfs
Chicago Bears Mock Draft: Round 2, Pick 55
(Chicago sends Kyle Fuller and pick 223 to Seattle for picks 55 and 163)
Unfortunately, in order to save cap space and accrue draft capital, the Bears had to part ways with their lockdown cornerback Kyle Fuller in this mock draft. The return was great though, as the Bears were able to get Mac Jones at great value at 55. With his recent success in the National Title game against Ohio State, he might not be available this late, but in this draft he was. The fact that he was available at 55 was shocking, and I could not pass him up at this value.
He might not be the quarterback of the future per se, but it was hard to pass him up here. He has the natural talent to be able to diagnose defenses. Scouts say that his success at Alabama was because of the scheme and not natural talent. Even if that is true, he is still able to dissect defenses, which is what the Bears need in their future quarterback.
Jones is limited by his lack of athleticism and arm strength, but he is still able to make throws to pretty much any spots. He is only a one-year starter, so if he were to be picked here he would most likely learn as a backup for a year from either Nick Foles or another veteran.
Jones is football smart already, so learning from Foles could go a long way to improve his NFL vision and awareness. He will not be the most flashy quarterback, but he could end up being really solid for the Bears as their new quarterback.
Player comparison: Jake Fromm, Matt Barkley