Chicago Bears: Trading back leads to plenty of picks in 2021 Mock Draft
By Joseph Herff
With the Senior Bowl officially over, the Chicago Bears now have their eyes on the NFL Draft as there is no NFL Combine this year. There will be pro days to replace them, but they will not be the same. It will be key the Bears hit on this NFL Draft though as both Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy are fighting for their jobs.
I used a different mock draft simulator to get a different pool of players or else my mock drafts would all look the same. Although there are similar players in all of them, it is nice to get a different change of who’s available when. During this mock, I made two trade backs in order to acquire more capital in this draft. I first traded away picks no. 20 and 83 for picks no. 22, 53, and 136 of the Cincinnati Bengals. I then traded away pick no. 53 for picks no. 68 and 102. So the picks are as follows: 22, 52, 68, 102, 136, 151, 182, and 198.
Round 1 Ι Pick No. 22 via CIN
This offensive tackle class is extremely loaded and because of this, it is hard to gauge who will fall and who won’t. Once 20th overall came around, Christian Darrisaw had already been selected, so I traded back a few picks knowing I would still get a tackle I like, which I did in Samuel Cosmi.
Cosmi is a freak of nature on the offensive line. Standing 6′ 7″ and weighing over 300 pounds, Cosmi additionally has a plethora of experience as he started 14 games at right tackle and 21 games at left tackle over his career at Texas. This allows him to be able to be a right tackle to start his career until he is ready to take over at left tackle.
He needs to put on more strength though if he wants to be an elite offensive lineman in the NFL. Cosmi has the length and size to be great, and with some improvement in his technique and strength, he could be a staple of the Bears’ offensive line for many years.
Cosmi additionally allows the Bears to get rid of Bobby Massie as he will be ready to be a starting right tackle in the NFL immediately. This will free up more cap space as well and they can have him compete with Alex Bars for the starting job.