It’s early, this I know, but I want to get the ball rolling. Get our minds thinking about 2021 and what better way than with team specific mock drafts. Today I am going to start with my hometown team, the Chicago Bears.
Does Ryan Pace avoid being fired because the Bears had a great season and therefore gets to see this draft? That I don’t know for certain, but what I do know is the Bears can go anywhere from 11-5 to 5-11. There is a rather large swing of outcomes that can come from this team.
The Bears defense is what will keep Chicago afloat in 2020, and could even win some games entirely by themselves (similar to what the 2006 Bears defense was able to do with Rex Grossman at QB)
For now, we have the Bears slotted in at pick 17. If you look at who picked at 17 last year, the Cowboys, you are looking at an even 8-8 season for the Bears. This means that Chicago probably missed the playoffs and that the offense just couldn’t get going. Does Chicago go into this draft with a new General Manager and a new Head Coach? Maybe they are looking to land a new franchise QB? Or maybe they are simply plugging in holes to this team. Let’s take a look at the 1st 3-Round Chicago Bears Mock Draft of the 2021 season.
The Bears opted to take Samuel Cosmi, the 6’7” 310 lbs offensive tackle out of Texas with their 1st round pick at 17. With players like QB Trey Lance, QB Jamie Newman and WR Devonta Smith still available, it’s obvious which direction this new regime is headed. They want to built inside out, and by taking this monster to play at one of the tackle spots for the Bears, it’s clear they want to protect whomever is under center.
Since redshirting in 2017, Cosmi has started 26 of 27 games he has played in. This obviously doesn’t account for what will probably be another 13 games starting for the Longhorns in 2020. He has also earned All-Big 12 honors and was an honorable mention for the Big 12 offensive lineman of the year.
Cosmi would probably come in and compete right away with Bobby Massie at Right Tackle. Assuming he beats out Massie, Chicago would have to cut him and take on a 2.6 million dollar cap hit or simply keep him as depth. Massie is under contract until 2023 when he will become a free agent.
Would they really take 2 Texas players back to back? Why not! Caden Sterns is a prototypical safety with a 6’1” 205 pound frame that is coming from a large Big 12 school. Texas hasn’t produced many NFL prospects in recent years, but this season 2 of the best are coming to Chicago.
Sterns has played ever since joining the Longhorns as a true freshman. He has started 21 of 22 games he has played in and was named to the Jim Thorpe and Bronko Nagurski watch lists. He was also named to quite a few All-Big 12 watch lists in the preseason as well.
By being drafted by the Bears, he would immediately be a plug-and-play addition. Going into the 2021 season, only Eddie Jackson is under contract so the need is there. Paired with Jackson, Sterns would excel and help out the secondary that will need to account for Rodgers, Stafford and Cousins.
This new regime stays with established larger schools and takes an Ohio State WR named Chris Olave in the 3rd round. This 6’1” target out of California is another in a long line of successful Buckeyes pass catchers and will look to build his own legacy in the windy city.
As one of the nation’s top WRs, Olave finished with a team high 849 yards receiving and to pair with that a staggering 12 touchdowns in 2019. During that season he earned 3rd team All-Big Ten and was seen as one of the leaders on offense.
When it comes to the Bears receiving corps, it will need to be completely rebuilt in 2021. Allen Robinson, Cordarelle Patterson, and Ted Ginn Jr. will all be free agents leaving only Anthony Miller, Riley Ridley and Javon Wims as your WRs. The Bears will need to address the position early in the 2021 NFL draft.