Bears Pre-Combine Mock Draft (2 Rounds)

The Bears will need to hit all the spots in this draft if they hope to develop into playoff contenders in the coming years. It’s hard to decipher which direction Ryan Pace will go. The first round has a bounty of talented options, especially at positions of greater need. The question will end up being how Pace will value these players and how well they can transition into the Bears offensive or defensive system.

Round 1, Pick 8: Denzel Ward (CB, Ohio State)

Height: 5’10 Weight: 191 Age: 20-21

With Kyle Fuller reportedly not returning to the franchise that drafted him in 2014, the Bears seem to have a major hole in their secondary. However, if the Bears do indeed let him walk, it would open up a lot of their cap space to pursue a high end reciever during free agency. This allows them to pass on a wide reciever at this spot. Neither Calvin Ridley or Courtland Sutton are top ten prospects(yet), but Denzel Ward would be a top 5 prospect if not for his shorter height. Ward also can replace Fuller, but can maybe be even better. Ohio State has been funneling out talented cornerbacks as of late and this the Bears chance to nab someone like Marshon Lattimore, the Saint’s Pro Bowl rookie corner.

What Ward lacks in size, he makes up for in technique and speed. He also has longer arms than most people realize. He is not afraid to tackle larger recievers and has the best mirroring ability of any of the corners in this year’s draft. He would be a perfect fit in Vic Fangio’s man coverage system, as he has rare foot speed and instincts. The Bears have a chance to get a young lockdown corner that can hold down the secondary for years to come.

Round 2, Pick 39: Anthony Miller (WR, Memphis)

Height: 5’11 Weight: 190 Age: 23

The Bears can wait until Round 2 to grab a stud wide reciever who produced in college. The only knock on Miller is his height, but in Matt Nagys offensive system, height is not that much of a factor. Miller has the speed, route running and hands to be a first round prospect if he were two inches taller. And it’s very hard to deny his production in high school. He reached the 90 reception and 1400 yard mark in both 2016 and 2017. He totaled 14 touchdowns in 2016 and 18 in 2017. He did all of this against various coverages and various corners. He is a versatile player capable of lining up in the slot or on the outside as an X reciever. Even though Miller is an overlooked prospect now, once he is the NFL in a capable system, he can carve up NFL defenses similar to how he carved up college defenses. And most importantly, he can emerge as a high end WR2 and can complement Cameron Meredith, or any of the higher end wide recievers the Bears may end up attaining in free agency.

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