Other Texas stars and the Chicago Bears
This might be the most unrealistic thought, but imagine the Chicago Bears drafting Joseph Ossai in round one, Samuel Cosmi in round two, and Sam Ehlinger in round three. I would actually clap at that.
Ossai is the best prospect the Longhorns have coming out this season. And while many feel he will easily get drafted too early for the Chicago Bears, Ossai isn’t the pass rusher many believe him to be. That is not his best trait. His best trait is versatility. Ossai fits that perfect 3/4 edge defender that can stop the run, drop into coverage, and rush the passer when needed. The Chicago Bears Chuck Pagano system would be ideal for this player.
Samuel Cosmi could be drafted before the end of round two, but stranger things have happened in the draft. How the heck did Jaylon Johnson, who I had slotted ahead of three other cornerbacks last season, make it to the Chicago Bears?
Cosmi is a fit for the Matt Nagy blocking scheme. Matt Nagy loves agile finesse blockers. Most coaches seem to like mauling, nasty, grit blockers across the line—different strokes for different folks. Cosmi could fall enough within reach for the Chicago Bears to trade up for him in round two.
As I have stated before, this draft is not heavy in the safety department, but someone the Chicago Bears could pair with Eddie Jackson is Caden Sterns. Many would-be like the Chicago Bears need a box safety. We have no clue what Sean Desai wants to do on the back end. Caden Sterns is not a tackling downhill thumper. This kid has worse tackling ability than Eddie Jackson, but almost as much range. So deploying two deep safeties would be ideal if Sterns was set to roll with Eddie Jackson.
Lastly, the two receivers, Tarik Black (who has a great first name) and Brennan Eagles, are big-bodied deep threats — much like the younger version of Allen Robinson. Eagles is the intriguing prospect. He is listed at 6’4″ and 229 pounds.
The first thing you notice about him is his arms. They are massive (size-wise) and long. Eagles is projected to run a 4.51 40-yard dash but might be faster than that. He ran that fast as a freshman with a 37″ vertical jump as a senior in high school. If Eagles did get faster and stronger, he could turn some heads as Rashad Bateman did earlier this month.