Chicago Bears find foundational pieces on offense in 2021 NFL Mock Draft
By Joseph Herff
Chicago Bears Round 6, Pick No. 208
Tre Brown earned plenty of playing time during his time at Oklahoma as both a cornerback and a kickoff return man. Brown shows great strength for his small size and is very quick to react to routes. He is a special team ace and that will truly cement him a spot on any team. He isn’t afraid to get his nose dirty by running down on kickoffs or flying up on run support when playing cornerback. He has a knack for finding the football as well as he had 11 pass break-ups in 2019.
The Bears have a major need at cornerback this season and Tre Brown could fight for the chance to start at nickel cornerback. Due to his size, he is likely restricted to slot cornerback, but his feistiness and aggressiveness will bode him well there. He could be an instant impact player there.
Chicago Bears Round 6, Pick No. 221
Damar Hamlin earned plenty of playing time throughout his college career, but injuries in multiple seasons hindered him from being on the field in 2016, 2017, and 2019. He has great measurables and has shown the ability to do nearly everything adequately to well. He can cover tight ends well and cover zones well as well. Hamlin isn’t afraid to fly up and make tackles as well.
The Bears brought back Tapshaun Gipson making safety not really a need for them in the short-term outlook. Both Gipson and Eddie Jackson together will be a great safety duo, but Hamlin could be groomed to take over for Gipson if Gipson leaves as he is only on a one-year contract. He could be a solid backup at least down the line.
Chicago Bears Round 6, Pick No. 226
Chauncey Golston has a great build to be an edge rusher in the NFL. He put that on display earning himself First-Team All-Big Ten honors in 2020 tying the team lead with 5.5 sacks in only eight starts. Golston displays a good ability to rush the passer and set the edge, but he may not have much ability in the pass coverage game. He could learn to develop that while in Chicago, or he could be developed into just a 4-2 edge rusher when the Bears use nickel packages.
Golston has the opportunity to learn from two high-end edge rushers in Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn. Both of them are aging, so he could learn from them and perhaps eventually take over as well. The Bears additionally drafted Trevis Gipson last NFL Draft as well, so the two of them could be groomed into the future edge rushers.