One CB for Chicago Bears in every round of 2021 NFL draft
While many would want them to go all offensive line, the Chicago Bears are very likely to add a cornerback at some point in the 2021 NFL draft. Desmond Trufant has serious durability questions at his age, and they are not necessarily set in the slot either.
Still, while it is a position of need, they do have to address offense first and foremost. So, they will go cornerback at some point, we just have no idea when. With that in mind who would be the best options for every round?
Round 1 Best Option: Greg Newsome, Northwestern
Other: Caleb Farley, Asante Samuel, Eric Stokes
If the Chicago Bears want to replace Kyle Fuller with a rookie, they need to draft Greg Newsome in the first round. Newsome checks every box for a potential first-rounder. He is young, athletic scheme versatile and just for the Chicago Bears is a local kid. We profiled Newsome here.
Farley has as much upside, but more questions on tape and on the medical sheet. Asante Samuel and Eric Stokes could be outside options, but are both smaller and size and likely will translate into the slot in the NFL.
Round 2 Best Option Tyson Campbell, Georgia
Other Options: Ifeatu Melifonwu, Aaron Robinson, Kelvin Joseph, Elijah Molden
We profiled Tyson Campbell, who has a similar profile to Jaylon Johnson coming out. Johnson fell into round two, and Campbell is expected to be in the same range. However, just like Johnson, you could see Campbell on the field as a rookie. He is refined and a lot of his knocks come down to whether he can untap his ceiling.
Melifonwu has all of the tools to become an elite starting corner. From a physical perspective, he could be looked at similarly to Prince Amukamara. It is fair to debate him and Campbell, but Campbell brings more technical refinement at this point. Joseph has just as much upside, but much more risk than both Melifonwu and Campbell.
Lastly are Robinson and Molden who once again fit more into the slot mold.
Round 3: Paulson Adebo, Stanford
Shaun Wade, Tre Brown, Robert Rochell, Ambry Thomas
Adebo is a player affected by the COVID shutdowns. His redshirt freshman season brought NFL buzz, but his redshirt sophomore year was hampered by a season-ending injury. He had a chance to prove himself as a RS junior but lost his season due to COVID.
Adebo showed up to his pro day and flashed athletic upside. He is a feisty tackler and plays with an edge. Adebo could play inside and outside and would be a nice value in round three.
Robert Rochell is a classic Ryan Pace small school athlete. Of the rest of this group, he is the most likely to be drafted. Shaun Wade and Tre Brown are slot options, and Ambry Thomas missed 2020 due to COVID as well before posted great athletic measurements. While Adebo gets the nod, he and Thomas could be steals due to circumstance.
Round 5 Benajmin St-Juste, Minnesota
Marco Wilson, Keith Taylor, DJ Daniel
St-Juste is very intriguing with a combination of height, length, and agility. His deep speed is not great, but in a zone scheme, his quick feet can help him click and close with ease.
Marco Wilson is a slot option who is flying under the radar. He could start over Duke Shelley at the price of a round-five pick. The issue is that outside is more pressing.
Darren Hall, Kary Vincent, Mark Gilbert, Israel Mukuamu
Darren Hall is a player the Chicago Bears have their eyes on. He has inside-outside versatility and athleticism that could rival Kindle Vildor in round six. Vincent and Gilbert are slot only but are explosive and could be great finds this late. With Mukuamu, you are drafting straight taits. Has the size and length that you would like, but is very raw as a technical player. Still, that is what you get in round six.