Chicago Bears 2021 mock draft if team trades for Russell Wilson
By Joseph Herff
Disclaimer: Russell Wilson has not been traded to the Chicago Bears. This is a hypothetical scenario in which the Bears somehow acquired the MVP candidate quarterback via trade as he stated that the Bears were one of his desired destinations.
As stated above, Russell Wilson recently stated that the Bears were one of his four desired destinations along with the Las Vegas Raiders, Dallas Cowboys, and New Orleans Saints according to Adam Schefter. It’s hard to imagine that the Saints have the capital for Wilson. Additionally, the Cowboys have stated that Dak Prescott is their quarterback. The Bears potentially could be battling out the Raiders for Wilson.
In this scenario, the Chicago Bears would have traded three first-round picks for Russell Wilson. The cap hit for the 32-year-old quarterback would be extremely reasonable given his incredible resume. He would be a steal on his current contract. So, this mock draft would have the Bears without their first-round pick. I additionally traded the 84th-overall pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for picks 95 and 127.
Chicago Bears: Round 2, Pick No. 52
The Bears’ first objective after getting Wilson would be to protect him as the Seattle Seahawks couldn’t. They would be able to do this by selecting Liam Eichenberg to bolster their offensive tackle position.
Eichenberg is one of the most underrated offensive tackles in this class. He is ignored because he doesn’t have the freakish size or athleticism as the players being drafted before him, but he may have the safest floor of any offensive tackle in this class. He isn’t an outstanding athlete, but he is athletic enough to be a great offensive tackle in the NFL.
Since he isn’t crazy athletic or big, Eichenberg makes up for that with his attitude, knowledge of the game, and technique. Eichenberg constantly beats faster and stronger defenders just by using great technique and hand placement. He excels greatly in the run game as well and would just be a great all-around offensive tackle for years and years.
Eichenberg is projected to be the next great lineman drafted out of Notre Dame as many have before him such as Quenton Nelson and Ronnie Stanley. With Eichenberg coming in, he makes Bobby Massie expendable allowing the Bears to release him and save themselves some money. He could easily start at left tackle and move Charles Leno over to right tackle as he would be better there.