Chicago Bears: Round 5, Pick No. 165
It has been a while since I have selected Sage Surratt in one of my NFL Mock Drafts. Finding a player of Surratt’s quality in the fifth round of the draft though is insane as Surratt displays plenty of traits to be a great wide receiver at the NFL level. Doubling up at wide receiver is smart though as the Bears need to take more shots at that position given their limited depth and the uncertainty surrounding Allen Robinson.
Surratt opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19. He and fellow NFL Draft prospect Jamie Newman proved to be a deadly duo in 2019 while both were at Wake Forest. In 2019, Surratt showed a nice blend of strength, size, and speed to trouble opposing cornerbacks. He made Newman’s life fairly easy as he catches nearly everything and always finds a way to get open.
Opting out hurt Surratt as he didn’t get to show his talent in 2020. It also doesn’t help how loaded the 2021 wide receiver class is as well. Surratt looked rusty at the Senior Bowl early on, but after some coaching, he improved instantly. He showed how coachable he was immediately.
Surratt could be the perfect player to replace Javon Wims if the Bears wanted to move on from him as he drops too many passes and likes to box during games. Additionally, Surratt could operate as a “big slot” and essentially replace Anthony Miller who could be cut as well. If the Bears move on from Robinson too, a core of Darnell Mooney, Tylan Wallace, and Sage Surratt would be lethal. I would like them to add a free agent wide receiver though if Robinson doesn’t return.