Justin Fields is a Chicago Bear.
That’s the biggest takeaway to come out of the 2021 NFL Draft from a Bears perspective, and Thursday’s first round was surely one fans will remember for quite some time. Whether Fields pans out as a franchise quarterback or not, the universal excitement felt by seemingly every Bears fan was unlike any that has been seen in recent memory.
As exciting as the selection of Fields is, there’s still a lot more of the draft to go. The Bears were able to move up for the Ohio State quarterback without giving up picks in the second or third rounds this year, meaning they should still be plenty active on Friday.
They may look to move down in order to recoup some Day 3 picks — they don’t have selections in Rounds 4 or 5 — or take advantage of a sliding prospect in order to come away with a haul that can make an impact right away.
Regardless of what the Bears do on Day 2, it should be an exciting one from a league-wide perspective. To preview what may be to come, let’s take a look at some predictions for how Round 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft will go, excluding trades.
34. New York Jets: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia
37. Philadelphia Eagles: Jevon Holland, S, Oregon
38. Cincinnati Bengals: Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame
39. Carolina Panthers: Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State
40. Denver Broncos: Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State
42. New York Giants: Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas
43. San Francisco 49ers: Wyatt Davis, OG, Ohio State
45. Jacksonville Jaguars: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU
46. New England Patriots: Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama
47. Los Angeles Chargers: Ronnie Perkins, EDGE, Oklahoma
48. Las Vegas Raiders: Levi Onwuzurike, DL, Washington
49. Arizona Cardinals: Quinn Meinerz, OG, Wisconsin-Whitewater
50. Miami Dolphins: Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina
51. Washington Football Team: Nico Collins, WR, Michigan
52. Chicago Bears: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
53. Tennessee Titans: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
54. Indianapolis Colts: Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State
55. Pittsburgh Steelers: Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma
58. Kansas City Chiefs: Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina
59. Cleveland Browns: Daviyon Nixon, DL, Iowa
60. New Orleans Saints: D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan
61. Buffalo Bills: Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF
62. Green Bay Packers: Landon Dickerson, C, Alabama
63. Kansas City Chiefs: Jabril Cox, LB, LSU
64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Davis Mills, QB, Stanford