The 2020 NFL Draft is one of the most important drafts of Bears General Manager Ryan Pace‘s career. The Chicago Bears have legitimate question marks at multiple positions, and only limited draft capital to answer them. Pace needs to hit big, and this Bears mock draft could be what Pace does in 2020.
Chicago Bears Seven Round Mock Draft
2nd Round, Pick 43
KJ Hamler, Wide Receiver, Penn State [Scouting Report]
Good morning, here’s KJ Hamler burning Michigan deep for a TD
— PSU FACTS (@PSU_FACTS) March 25, 2020
KJ Hamler might be the fastest player in this class not named Henry Ruggs III. His vertical skills are exactly what the Bears are missing in their receiving core. Wide receiver is not Chicago’s most pressing need, however having a speedster that dictates coverage too is crucial in today’s NFL to pass on Hamler.
2nd Round, Pick 50
Jeremy Chinn, Safety, SIU [Scouting Report]
Wild interception by Jeremy Chinn
When I get back from the Combine, I’m usually rewatching guys I felt I was too low on… But I’m watching Jeremy Chinn again because I felt I was too high!
And I think I like him even more! Hah pic.twitter.com/Wvj41c45Qj
— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) March 5, 2020
Considering the Bears do not pick again until the 5th round, Pace should be open for business to trade back. For the sake of this mock, I stayed at 50 and took SIU’s Jeremy Chinn.
Chinn is an elite athlete with some incredible flashes on his tape. The problem is he does not have a lot of film that is available for the public, and he played against small-school competition his entire career. So, he isn’t the cleanest projection, but I believe he has shown enough on tape to be worth a 2nd round selection. Especially for the Bears, because his skill set compliments Eddie Jackson so well.
Round 5, Pick 163
Jack Driscoll, Offensive Tackle, Auburn
Jack Driscoll career:
1,690 Pass-block snaps
4 QB hits pic.twitter.com/w1ATYwbUxF
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) March 10, 2020
A lot of Bears fans are not going to be happy that I waited till the 5th round to take an offensive lineman. But hear me out, Jack Driscoll is good! He is a little undersized and isn’t a mauler in the run game. However, he is extremely solid in pass pro and that is more important.
You might be asking then why would he be available in round 5 then. Well, the NFL has shown us that they usually do not draft undersized tackles very high, and this Bears mock accounts for that. Just look at Charles Leno Jr. He fits a similar profile and fell to the 7th round accordingly.
I believe Driscoll has real starter potential. He may never be an all pro but and an average tackle in today’s NFL is extremely valuable.
Round 6, Pick 196
Tyre Phillips, Interior Offensive Lineman, Mississippi State
Tyre Phillips played tackle in college, but because of sub-par foot speed. He is probably going to kick inside in the pros. This transition will greatly benefit Phillips because he has the power and the anchor to play guard.
His poor athletic testing might discourage some, yet we have seen multiple nonathletic interior offensive linemen have success in the NFL. Like Driscoll, I do not think Phillips will ever be a star, but he has starter qualities and that’s worth to taking a swing on in the 6th round.
Round 6, Pick 200
Reggie Robinson, Cornerback, Tulsa
Tulsa CB Reggie Robinson II could make noise at the Senior Bowl. He is a very physical & aggressive press-style corner.
Robinson transitions well from backpedal to opening his hips. He often jammed hard at the LOS, stayed tight to WRs and got into passing lanes in '19. pic.twitter.com/ZZ9LtVR3A4
— Daniel House (@DanielHouseNFL) January 20, 2020
I came away surprisingly encouraged when I dug into Reggie Robinson’s film. He is a long press corner that is going to make his money being physical at the line of scrimmage. Robinson also tested like an NFL athlete at the combine, showing that he has the speed and explosiveness to cover NFL receivers.
His downfall was his poor agility testing, which is in line with his tape. He lacks the fluidity to mirror and match receivers without making contact with them. Regardless, he can still be a valuable asset if he can develop his press technique. And with CB2 being a bit of a question mark for the Bears, Robinson would be great competition to throw into the mix.
Round 7, Pick 226
John Reid, Cornerback, Penn State
? Deeper Sleeper John Reid (Penn State, 5’ 10”, 181 lbs). Stats: 83 Solo Tackles, 42 Asst Tackles, 125 Combined Tackles, 9.5 TFL, 1.5 Sacks, 7 INT, 1 TD, 26 PD, 2 FR & 1 FF. #JohnReid #4EDraft2020 pic.twitter.com/1y1jofZCF6
— 49er_Edits (@49er_edits) March 12, 2020
You can’t have enough good corners in today’s NFL, and John Reid is a good corner. I found out about Reid in Pro Football Focus’s Mike Renner’s 10 biggest sleepers in the 2020 NFL draft class. I instantly became a fan when I watched his tape. I looked for ugly reps and just could not find many. The guy rarely got beat.
In addition to his solid production profile, Reid also killed the combine. So, why would he fall to the 7th round? Well, he is only 5’10” 187 lbs, which means he is probably going to be moved exclusively to the slot. We know the NFL does not typically like small players and based on the FA market, they do not put much value in slot corners either. So, it’s not out of the question to think he might be available in the 7th round.
Round 7, Pick 233
Josh Love, Quarterback, San Jose State [Scouting Report]
2019 MW QB Preview: San Jose State
* Return starter Josh Love
* Played in 8 games in 2018, had right under 2,000yds passing, 14 pass tds, 9ints
* Was a bright spot for San Jose
* If he stays healthy, the Spartans could improve from LY
*TD from 2018⬇️ @InsideTheSpartans pic.twitter.com/7NbuBQCxU0
— QB Spotlight (@QBspotlight) June 16, 2019
For my money, Josh Love has the best odds to be the Gardner Minshew of this year’s class. Like Minshew, he does not have overwhelming physical/arm talent, but he is accurate and plays the position well. I don’t know if he will ever be a desirable starter in the NFL, but I think he can be capable in the right situation.
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