A new era for the Chicago Bears begins in 2022. Matt Eberflus takes over the controls after a 6-11 season sent the old staff packing. The goal for the Bears should be surrounding QB Justin Fields with talent.
The Bears currently have six draft picks. They are missing their first rounder after trading it to move up to acquire Fields last year. They did pick up an extra two this year after dealing edger usher Khalil Mack.
I used the Mock Draft simulator from NFL Mock Draft Database. For this simulation, I used the consensus big board accumulated by NFL MDD, with the realistic draft mode setting.
Let’s see how it plays out.
CHICAGO BEARS: 7-ROUND MOCK DRAFT
2-39: David Bell, WR, Purdue
Bell was a tremendously productive player for the Boilermakers. However, after testing poorly at the combine, Bell could find himself falling down the board. He could be a nice target for Justin Fields.
2-48: Derion Kendrick, CB, Georgia
The Chicago Bears can use an upgrade at the cornerback position. Kendrick is a Clemson transfer who had a great season in Athens this fall. He intercepted four passes this season, including two against Michigan in the College Football Playoff Semifinal. The Bears do have other in-house options but Kendrick presents a chance to get better on the boundary.
3-71: Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State
Lucas is a multi-year starter for the Cougars. he has good size and is a decent athlete. There were certain reps he struggled with at the Senior Bowl. Including one where Kansas linebacker Kyron Johnson put him on the ground. Despite being outweighed by over 100 pounds. However, the tools are there to work with for Chicago, especially in a third-round pick.
THE REST OF THE DRAFT
5-148: Justin Shaffer, G, Georgia
5-150: Zakoby McClain, LB, Auburn
6-185: Damarri Mathis, CB, Pittsburgh