While the combine won’t alter draft boards too much, rumors of a poor interview, a bad medical, or a horrendous showing in the events could give some evaluators pause.
First we’ll check in on Yahoo Sports’ Eric Edholm and his two round mock draft, and here’s how he has the Bears picking.
43. Bears (from Raiders)
Louisiana OG Robert Hunt
With new OL coach Juan Castillo taking over, look for the Bears to seek mean dudes who can maul up front. This fits Hunt’s game to a tee. He seeks to bury people, and the Bears don’t have enough of those. Assuming Hunt’s health isn’t an issue, he might be the perfect pet project for Castillo.
Is this too high for Hunt? Perhaps. But GM Ryan Pace has never seemed to let that slow him down in the past.
What’s most interesting on his selection for the Bears at 43 is the player Edholm has going at 44, Washington quarterback Jacob Eason. Analysts are split on Eason’s upside and starting potential, but with the Bears in need of a “developmental” prospect at QB, would the Bears pull the trigger on a QB this early with other needs?
Our own Jacob Infante isn’t very high on Eason, so maybe tabbing an offensive lineman is the way to go, and Hunt is Jacob’s number two interior offensive lineman.
Edholm has the Bears going in a popular direction with his next mock pick.
Notre Dame TE Cole Kmet
They might give Trey Burton one more chance as the “U” tight end, but Kmet should be a big upgrade over what they thought they could get out of Adam Shaheen. That experiment feels over, and Kmet — even for some rawness to his game — brings alluring traits to the position.
Kmet (6’6”, 262) is the only tight end he has off his board, so if the real draft fell this way the Bears would be able to get their number one TE, whoever that may be.
Be sure to check out Eric’s mock and let us know if that’s the way you would like to see the Bears pick if it really went down that way.
The latest post combine from Trevor Sikkema from The Draft Network goes three rounds and he has the Bears going in a similar fashion to the above mock.
43. Lloyd Cushenberry III, IOL, LSU
50. Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
Cushenberry played center at LSU, but he may slide in at right guard for the Bears. Wherever he ends up in the pros, he’s a high upside prospect that should contribute for a long time.
Are these the two players you’d take if you were drafting and the real draft fell like his did?
Here’s how Matt Miller from The Bleacher Report had his two-rounder going for the Bears.
43. BEARS (LAV)—TE Cole Kmet, Notre Dame
50. BEARS—QB Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
On my recent T Formation Conversation podcast, Jacob spent some time telling me why he’s not a fan of taking Hurts in the second round and I tend to agree with what he had to say. We go over a bunch of possible prospects for the Bears so if you haven’t listened be sure to give it a whirl.
If the real draft were to fall like Miller’s does, I’d rather see the Bears go safety with either S Kyle Dugger from Lenoir-Rhyne (an Infante favorite) or even Minnesota's Antoine Winfield Jr., who has that NFL bloodline going for him, not to mention a productive career in the Big 10.
What are your thoughts on Miller’s mock for the Bears?
WGN’s Adam Hoge mocked a full 7-round projection for the Bears, and it seems a bit underwhelming.
2nd Round, No. 11 (No. 43 overall via Raiders) — TE Cole Kmet, Notre Dame (6-6, 262)
2nd Round, No. 18 (No. 50 overall) — QB Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma (6-1, 222)
4th Round, No. 41 (projected comp pick) — WR Quintez Cephus, Wisconsin (6-1, 202)
5th Round, No. 17 — CB Lamar Jackson, Nebraska (6-2, 208)
6th Round, No. 17 — WR Isaiah Coulter, Rhode Island (6-2, 198)
6th Round, No. 21 (via Eagles) — DT Raequan Williams, Michigan State (6-4, 308)
7th Round, No. 12 (via Raiders) — RB Adrian Killins, Central Florida (5-7 3/8, 162)
7th Round, No. 19 — OG Gage Cervenka, Clemson (6-3, 325)
He also has the Kmet-Hurts combo in the second round, but then his wide out pick in the 4th isn’t the burner I feel the Bears would be looking for.
What are your thoughts on Hoge’s haul for the Bears?
Any of these mocks stand out to you guys in a good way?