Chicago Bears acquire several late picks in this 2022 mock draft
The Bears may have four safeties now in Eddie Jackson, Dane Cruikshank, DeAndre Houston-Carson and Percy Butler. However, adding competition to a position of need is never a bad thing. That’s why Brad Hawkins makes sense here in the seventh round.
Quite frankly, the Bears could opt to go cornerback at this pick as well and fans would likely be happier. But, Hawkins does have some traits that make him worthy of a selection.
First off, he is best suited in a zone scheme where he can play in a two-high look. He doesn’t have the athleticism to be on an island, therefore a zone look could benefit him greatly. He relies more on reading the quarterback well than his own speed or athleticism, and Eberflus has to appreciate a smart football player.
No matter what, Hawkins could come in and be a special teams ace right away. He has the work ethic and leadership skills to make an impression, and he’s the type of guy who will do what is asked of him. If that’s special teams, then so be it.
If Hawkins is ever used on defense, he brings a tough and scrappy play style which is something the secondary could use. Hopefully, he would influence the other guys to play a bit tougher as well.