Yesterday, I released a version of my final Bears seven-round mock draft that was much different from what you’re about to read – a highlight reel for the prospects who I picked. You can check that out here, as it is a more fun version of a traditional mock draft.
I decided to change things up and make a highlight reel of my final mock draft for the Bears to make things a bit more entertaining. I will have a regular written mock draft out tomorrow on @TheLoop_Sports and will talk about it on a pod with the guys @monstersofdamic. #Bears pic.twitter.com/mJUAuf4ljp
— Dan DeYoung (@DanDeYoung80) April 23, 2019
I promised that I would also release a full version of the mock with quick analysis for each player. So here it is: my final Bears mock draft.
Round 3, Pick 87: DaMarkus Lodge, WR, Ole Miss
The Chicago Bears may not just take the first running back on their board in the first round. The team is going to look to add talent all across the gridiron to help establish more depth. This is how great teams remain great.
One of the most underrated wide receivers in this class is DaMarkus Lodge. The wide receiver from Ole Miss has been completely overshadowed by his teammates AJ Brown and DK Metcalf, and nobody is paying attention to him or his tight end teammate (who I almost put at this selection), Dawson Knox.
Lodge does it all from the wide receiver position. As a route runner, he has shown flashes of being able to do a entire tree effectively, but the offense at Ole Miss was an elementary school-level scheme. How this Ole Miss team didn’t have more success goes directly on the coaching staff for not taking advantage of the talent given to them.
The best part of Lodge’s game is when he goes up for the football; he makes some unbelievably athletic plays in the air. He does an excellent job of high-pointing the pass, while also putting himself in a position where he will be the man to come down with it.
If Ryan Pace is looking at drafting for overall talent rather than filling one of the few needs that the team has, he may hit a home run with this pick.
Round 4, Pick 126: Maxx Crosby, EDGE, Eastern Michigan
Again, the Bears are in a position where they take a top player and wait to fill that running back spot. You cannot ever have too many pass rushers, and Maxx Crosby could be the guy to add that position in Chicago.
Crosby has almost everything that you would want out of an edge rusher. He is very quick off the ball, he does an excellent job of using a variety of rush moves to get to the quarterback, and he almost always finishes the job and brings the signal-caller down.
A thing that I love about Crosby is how much he goes after not just the ball carrier, but the ball itself. He has used a punch move that reminds me of Charles Tillman’s, which something that Bears fans would love to see again. Using this move, he was able to force eight fumbles during his last two years at Eastern Michigan.
The main problem that I have with Crosby is that he is underweight and is going to struggle in the run game. That being said, if you tell me that the biggest issue for an edge rusher is that he needs to gain some weight, I’d be pretty ecstatic. Give him time and the weight will come.
Round 5, Pick 162: Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma
The running back you all were waiting for the Bears to take could very well be the most talented option in this entire draft. I have written quite a bit about Anderson, because he is a very confusing draft prospect to put a value on.
The reason for this is that he is all around an extremely talented back when he is on the field, but he cannot stay there. He had three major injuries over his career at Oklahoma, so big questions remain on his health.
This is really the ultimate boom-or-bust pick. If Pace believes the injuries are behind Anderson, they can select him and expect him to take this Nagy offense to a whole new level. I think Pace is willing to take that risk, and he may just make the big move.
Round 7, Pick 222 (from Denver, via Philadelphia): James Williams, RB, Washington State
In this draft class, I am a big fan of possibly taking two RBs. The first running back selected would be an every-down back who is good at most aspects of the game, but the second back selected should be a guy who is fantastic at one particular skill.
In this case, the Bears can select James Williams, a player whose skill pass-catching. When you scout Williams, it feels like you are scouting a wide receiver with how often he catches the ball. In his final season, he had a whopping 83 catches!
He has flashed as a runner as well, but I worry about his vision in an NFL offense. Pro football will be a big adjustment for him, but if the Bears just use him for what he is good at – catching the football – then they are getting great value in the 7th round.
Round 7, Pick 238: Hamp Cheevers, CB Boston College
The last pick of this draft may not have a first-round grade, but he has a first-round name. Hamp Cheevers is a favorite prospect of mine not only because of his name, but because I think he could be excellent depth at the cornerback position.
Specifically, he is likely going to be a nickel corner based on his size and his skills. At 5’9″ and only 169 pounds, Cheevers would likely get absolutely bodied against bigger receivers. As a corner guarding the slot, he could make it work against smaller wide receivers.
What I really love about Cheevers is the ability to read the quarterback. His seven interceptions were due to that and his quick changes in direction. Picking a guy who can create that many turnovers would be very intriguing for Chicago.
I’m fine with the Bears taking an undersized option this late, as I believe that he could be a decent emergency option for the team if something happens with Buster Skrine or other options.
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