It what seems like a common theme in the last couple weeks, here’s another prominent mock drafter giving the Chicago Bears an offensive lineman with their 20th overall selection.
This latest mock draft comes from NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks, and his pick for Chicago is USC’s Alijah Vera-Tucker.
Here’s what Brooks had to say about the redshirt junior.
The USC product gives coach Matt Nagy options as a swing player (guard/tackle) to plug into the lineup to protect whoever is taking snaps for the Bears.
A short and sweet assessment for one of the Bears biggest needs, and Vera-Tucker is the third offensive lineman off his board. In the previous two mocks we looked at the Bears were taking the fifth o-lineman off the boards, so with only Oregon’s Penei Sewell and Northwestern’s Rashawn Slater off of Brooks’ board, is Vera-Tucker the next best option here?
Our Lead Draft Analyst, Jacob Infante, has the 6’4”, 300 pounder as the 24th best prospect on his big board, his sixth best offensive line prospect, and his number three guard. Vera-Tucker played left tackle in college, but several analysts believe he’ll end up at guard.
I think tackle is a more pressing need for the Bears, and if they do draft offensive line in the first round I would rather they go with a guy that projects to tackle.
Also worth noting that Alabama quarterback Mac Jones went at 19 in this mock draft making it five quarterbacks in his first round.
Would you be fine if the actual draft fell this way for the Bears?