I like to use mock drafts as an exercise to see some of the players that could be available when the Chicago Bears are set to draft in each round, and while the compensatory draft picks have yet to be announced, I’ve been itching to run through a simulation.
I run though “theme” mocks each time out just to play with different scenarios and learn more about the prospects, so what I mock isn’t what I bet will happen or what I want to happen, it’s just a mock based on a specific set of rules I give myself each time out.
So for my first “theme” mock draft of 2021 I simply went with the best offensive lineman that was available at each Bears draft slot. I didn't care about doubling up at a position, I just grabbed the highest o-lineman on the board at each pick. The Bears are certain to build up their trenches at some point, so this will give an idea of the talent available in each round.
The fun thing about this mock is I would totally be on board if this was the first three picks the Bears actually made.
For this sim I used Pro Football Network, and here are all my picks.
20. Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech - If the Bears do stay put at 20 overall, Darrisaw is definitely a guy that could be in play for them. I think cutting Bobby Massie is a viable option this offseason for Chicago, and Darrisaw could compete to start at right tackle as a rookie. He’d also be in the mix at left tackle when the Bears are ready to move on from Charles Leno Jr.
52. Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan - I’ve seen a lot of mocks with the Bears taking Mayfield at 20th overall, so getting him in the second round could be nice value. This is another possible plug and play guy at right tackle that could end up on the left side when it’s all said and done.
83. Quinn Meinerz, OC, Wisconsin-Whitewater - Meinerz turned a lot of heads at the Senior Bowl, not only because of his fashion sense, but because the small school prospect more than held his own all week. He was a guard for the Warhawks, but he showed an ability to play center while in Mobile.
In the real draft I would love to see the Bears come away from the first two days with a couple o-line prospects, but that’s going to be determined on how the board falls. If they can’t grab two in the first three rounds, I would hope they add someone on day three. The Bears need quality depth and they have some free agents they need to replace.
165. Drake Jackson, OC, Kentucky - As a four year starter Jackson has all the intangibles down and would be a welcome addition to any o-line room.
205. Alaric Jackson, OT, Iowa - Jackson is a four year starter at left tackle for the Hawkeyes, so you know he’s well coached.
247 Sports caught up with our lead draft analyst, Jacob Infante, when he was down at the Senior Bowl, and here’s what he had to say about Jackson.
“I really like the power Jackson has brought to the table in drills so far,” Infante said of Jackson. “He’s had quite a few instances of being able to not only hold his own at the point of attack, but he’s also done a good job of driving defenders into the dirt. Compared to the other offensive linemen in this Senior Bowl class, I feel like Jackson has been somewhere in the middle. He’s had some issues against speed rushers but has been able to hold his own against power rushes. He’s actually taken some reps at guard and has arguably looked better there than he has at tackle.”
219. Jimmy Morrissey, OC, Pittsburgh - Morrissey is yet another four year starter in this mock, so if the Bears can’t grab an interior player earlier in the draft, there could be plenty of developmental prospects down the board.
224. Syrus Tuitele, OT, Fresno State - A three year starter at right tackle for the Bulldogs needs to get stronger according to some scouts.
230. Brenden Jaimes, OT, Nebraska - His 40 consecutive starts is the most ever by a Nebraska offensive lineman. While he played right and left tackle in college, he showed some versatility by playing guard at the Senior Bowl.
Bears’ fans, you hoping to hear any of these names called during the draft?