Chicago Bears 7-Round Mock Draft: Two splash trades fill big needs
By Ryan Heckman
The Chicago Bears land a safety to play next to Eddie Jackson
If the draft fell this way for the Bears, they would come away completely dominating the first two rounds. Analysts would be talking about how Ryan Pace likely saved his job going forward and that the Bears could be an interesting force in the coming season.
The Bears need to find a mainstay at the safety position next to Eddie Jackson going into the future. These one or two-year deals can’t keep up forever. They need to have consistency and build a safety tandem they can take with them for years to come.
Paris Ford has that type of potential. The safety out of Pittsburgh is a physical player. Ford is one of the more aggressive defensive backs in this draft, and that’s something the Bears lacked in 2020. They need a safety who can come up and help against the run; who isn’t afraid to lay some contact.
There isn’t a player Ford is afraid to tackle. He plays recklessly at times, and that can get him in trouble, as it will any player of that style. But, overall, he gives the Bears an athletic, strong and versatile safety to pair with Jackson. With Ford in the fold, Jackson would be free to roam back there as he did in 2018, and will likely come up with far more takeaways.
This Bears defense has been missing a player like Ford since they allowed Adrian Amos to leave via free agency. He goes down as a slam-dunk pick for this Bears team.