In my latest Chicago Bears mock draft I’m again following a specific set of rules so I can spotlight a few players that we haven’t seen mocked to them yet, and this time it’s all about the defense.
I like to run through “theme” mocks drafts where I handcuff myself to learn about different options that we could see pop up on draft day. I did an all offense mock on Friday, and last month I did a strict best player available mock draft.
I’m not grinding through tape on 200-some-odd players like our Lead Draft Analyst, Jacob Infante, or our Senior Draft Analyst, EJ Snyder, so running simulations and forcing myself to look at different prospects is a fun way for me to learn about different Bears’ options.
With the Bears having a fairly stacked defense, I didn’t think a trade down would be wise. I did explore a trade up in the third round however, but nothing presented itself that I felt made sense.
Here’s my All Defense Bears Mock Draft:
43) Round 2 - Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota
I had Winfield in my BPA Bears mock at 50, and he’s a player I think could step in and start from day one next to Eddie Jackson. He’s a physical 5’9”, 203 pounder, so he can thrive up close to the line of scrimmage, but he has the speed and athleticism to play deep too. He would give the Bears two versatile safeties who can do anything in the secondary. I’d be pleasantly surprised if he makes it to 43 for the Bears in the real draft.
50) Round 2 - Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State
Arnette (6’, 195) played with a broken wrist most of the year, but his physicality still popped off the film I watched for him. He’ll tackle, he’ll body receivers, and he’ll hand fight for the ball. He’s comfortable playing press coverage, and he’s also comfortable playing the slot or outside.
164) Round 5 - Davon Hamilton, DL, Ohio State
Hamilton moves well for a guy that checked in at 6’4”, 320 pounds, and when he has the ball carrier in his sights he’s able to shift into another gear. He has the size and strength to play the nose in Chicago’s scheme, but he could also get reps backing up at defensive end too.
197) Round 6 - Jacob Phillips, LB, LSU
With the Bears losing two inside linebackers to free agency, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them go after a guy on day three. Phillips (6’3”, 229) is a good athlete that should be an immediate contributor on special teams, but he has plenty of big time experience in the SEC by starting the last two years and racking up 200 tackles.
201) Round 6 - Reggie Robinson II, CB, Tulsa
Robinson (6’1”, 205) was a four year starter for Tulsa with his best season coming in 2019 as a senior when he had 4 interceptions, 13 passes defended, and 2 fumble recoveries. He was also an active member of their special teams with 4 blocked kicks in his career.
227) Round 7 - Carter Coughlin, EDGE, Minnesota
At 6’3”, 236 pounds, Coughin may not offer much against the run as a rookie, but as a situational pass rusher he can bring some speed off the edge. He had 40 tackles for loss and 22.5 sacks in his 4 years with the Gophers.
234) Round 7 - Nick Coe, EDGE, Auburn
Coe probably would have benefited from returning to school for his senior year, and he’s kind of a 3-4 tweener at 6’5”, 280 pounds. I see him as more of a developmental 5-technique defensive end, but if he worked on getting leaner he could play outside linebacker.