Chicago Bears Mock Draft: The post-Justin Fields trade era starts with a bang

It has been done. Now, what?

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The Bears should make every effort to trade the no. 9 pick, and that's exactly what they do, here

Bengals trade

In our simulation, the Cincinnati Bengals wanted to come up to pick no. 9, and the Bears were able to get a nice haul of picks in return for moving back nine spots. Chicago nets another second rounder as well as a fourth-round pick, both coming this year.

Moving back to no. 18 overall, the Bears are still able to land a big piece that also fills a need still on the roster.

Jared Verse. . DE. . Jared Verse. Jared Verse. 1. 435. . player

There are a lot of opinions as to who is the best pass rusher in this class. Florida State's Jared Verse is one of a few up for that title, and the Bears are able to get him at pick no. 18, which may end up being a steal.

The Seminole comes in as a pass rusher who is scheme-versatile, and will have no problem putting a hand in the dirt in Chicago. Verse stands 6-foot-4, weighing in at 254 pounds. His Combine performance was quite impressive, which saw him run a blistering 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds.

Verse has often been criticized for having less length than you'd like to see at the position, but he makes up for that with his speed-to-power moves. He's quick, yes, but he can also bull rush with the best of them. He's also a high-IQ player. The characteristic "quick to diagnose" comes up often in scouting reports, making him a valuable player in both the pass rush and run department.

Last year with Florida State, Verse compiled 9.0 sacks and 12.0 tackles for loss, in total. Over two years with FSU, Verse tallied 29.5 tackles for loss and 18.0 sacks.