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Mocking the Mocks: The Athletic has the Bears picking twice in the first-round

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Mock drafts around this time of year are usually done one of two ways in regards to the Chicago Bears. One, they are either from a national pundit that is trying way to hard to go outside the box in making a pick for the Bears, or two, they are simply going with the best player available at one of the need positions for Chicago.

Those BPA picks make sense this season, because the 2021 Bears could really use a young prospect along their offensive line, and grabbing the best quarterback available at 20 seems logical depending on who it is.

But what if you can address both offensive line and quarterback in the same one round mock draft?

That’s exactly what happened in the recent beat writer mock at The Athletic.

Since it’s behind a pay wall (subscription recommended) we can’t show you everything, but we will share with you what Bears beat writer Adam Jahns did with his pick(s).

20. Chicago Bears: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

Taking a quarterback was definitely a consideration, but a $10 million investment also was made in Andy Dalton. He’s the Bears’ starting quarterback for 2021, or at least that’s what he was told during his recruitment in free agency. Either way, it’s best not to force the pick, though the Bears have a history of doing that. This is a great year for offensive tackles, and the Bears have to be sure to get one. Cornerback is on the table after Kyle Fuller’s departure, but the Bears are clearly shifting resources from defense to offense. Selecting Darrisaw is part of that process. Charles Leno Jr. and Germain Ifedi become placeholders at tackle until Darrisaw is ready. — Adam Jahns

There were four quarterbacks off their board with the first four picks, so the only first-round prospect left was Alabama’s Mac Jones. I could see the Bears taking him, but I’m completely behind a pick like Darrisaw.

Due to his size (6’5”, 315) athleticism, and strength, my guess is Darrisaw could compete to start as a rookie. He may not win a job in camp, but he’ll show enough at which ever spot the Bears work him at to make the veteran very uncomfortable. I think a year at right tackle to get his feet wet to start, and if he’s shows the necessary improvement in his footwork he could slide to the left side in 2022.

As The Athletic’s draft board kept filling up with non-QBs after the Bears at 20, Jahns was seemingly waiting for his chance to jump back into the first-round to ensure a fifth-year option for a quarterback, and that’s what he did.

30. Chicago Bears: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

Trade: The Bears sent picks Nos. 52, 83 and 202 to the Bills in exchange for pick No. 30.

The Bears could be patient and let their QB search in the draft play out into the second round. Jones and Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond could be available. Then again, the wait down to pick No. 52 could take a long time. GM Ryan Pace doesn’t like doing that. Ironically, this trade is made with the team that just signed Mitch Trubisky to be its backup. But never mind that. The Bills can have Trubisky. The Bears are on to the 2021 season and beyond. Jones is worth the swing late in the first round. Dalton also said he’d be OK with handling a mentor role. By drafting Jones, Pace and coach Matt Nagy can potentially extend their stays in Chicago, too. Young quarterbacks always change situations and expectations. — Adam Jahns

I think Jones can be a long term starter in the NFL, and while the odds of him being the next Tom Brady are slim, I also think the odds on him busting out are equally as slim.

If he can give a team safe, smart, and competent play while growing into the role, he could become an above average quarterback. I think there’s far more upside with Trey Lance or Justin Fields, but the floor is higher with Jones.

How would you like this twofer from Jahns to be the way the actual draft fell for the Bears?