Chicago Bears mock draft version 1.0
The Chicago Bears offseason has started with many rumors surrounding quarterback trades and more. Most mock drafts on YouTube involving the Chicago Bears either already show them trading away their first-round draft selection for a quarterback. The rest of the mock drafts show the Chicago Bears drafting an offensive tackle.
It is now time for me to get into the mock draft simulator and play Ryan Pace. I had to restart the mock simulator a few times as Trey Lance fell to my slot at pick 20 twice in a row. So that might be some interest the Chicago Bears fan base would be interested in exploring.
According to The Draft Network, the Chicago Bears’ team needs are quarterback, offensive tackle, interior offensive line, wide receiver (twice), interior defensive line, cornerback, edge defender, tight end, linebacker, and running back.
I don’t know about you, but cornerback should be swapped out with safety, interior offensive line should not be on the list, and tight end should also be removed from the list. The Chicago Bears may have to make some moves at their interior defensive side of the ball, but gain back nose tackle Eddie Goldman this season. Unless he retires out of nowhere and Akeim Hicks is cut, the depth will be fine after free agency.
The Chicago Bears retained many of the practice squad and depth pieces they had at tight end last season. I would expect the same this year as Jimmy Graham and Cole Kmet lead the way as the starters unless Graham becomes a cap casualty.
The interior offensive line is currently a Chicago Bears strength, with Cody Whitehair, James Daniels, and Sam Mustipher all expected to return. Alex Bars will likely return as well. It’s interesting reading analysts’ perspective about the NFL Draft who clearly don’t follow the Chicago Bears closely.
Playing Ryan Pace is not easy because while he is predictable most of the time, he is unpredictable with the players he is targeting. Ryan Pace has done an excellent job targeting the correct positions each draft in the proper rounds; the issue is sometimes he tries a bit too hard.
As I have discussed before, Ryan Pace is very secretive. So I am not buying that he is now openly sharing his true intentions to fix the Chicago Bears. I believe he is telling the truth but has an underlining plan on what he wants to do. With that said, this is what I think so far.