Chicago Bears secure a haul in this recent 2023 mock trade
Round 2, Pick No. 53 (via IND): Bijan Robinson
In a surprise, the number one running back in the draft manages to slip to the Bears in the early second round. Adding a dynamic playmaker and filling the potential void of David Montgomery, should he leave the team in 2023, makes too much sense for a Bears team desperately in need of talent.
Robinson was a five-star recruit heading into college, and he managed to turn heads his freshman year in Texas despite not starting right away. He leaves behind a legacy as the school’s fourth all-time rushing leader with 3,410 rushing yards.
The former Longhorn is a yards after contact machine. His aggressiveness makes him a formidable back. The biggest knock on his game is his speed, but that alone shouldn’t take away from how balanced his overall game is. If the Bears have a need for a running back this offseason, letting Robinson slip away in the early second would be criminal.
Round 2, Pick No. 53 (via BAL): Cedric Tillman
While Cedric Tillman is regarded as a third-round pick by many, the Tennessee wideout has the potential to be the steal of his respective draft class. That’s why the Bears choose him earlier in the second round, using their pick from the Roquan Smith trade. For a Bears team that desperately needs wide receiver talent for quarterback Justin Fields, Tillman could be the answer.
He enters the draft with crisp route running skills and the ability to open the field for big plays, benefitting Fields and his strong arm. He has strong hands and rips the ball away from defensemen. This addition could benefit the Bears red zone offense immensely.
While his separation on routes is inconsistent within his tape, Tillman has the full wide receiver tool kit to be a strong addition to the Bears offense.