It’s day three of the 2021 NFL Draft and that means rounds 4, 5, 6, and 7 are on the docket. Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace had has a decent track record in these rounds, so let’s see if he can find a gem or two and continue his stellar draft thus far.
We asked our staffers here at WCG to give us their predictions on what the Bears will do today and here’s what we had to say.
Patti Curl: Clearly, Pace got scared by the prospect of losing his job and hit the brain-gym hard this off-season. He has 4 picks left and he’s a man on fire. I have every reason to believe he’ll turn them into Jabril Cox, Jamar Johnson, Brevin Jordan, and Amon-Ra St Brown.
Josh Sunderbruch: The Bears will trade at least one future pick, if not a player, to get some more room to work.
Erik Christopher Duerrwaechter: This is where Ryan Pace loves to go nuts. There’s still a cornucopia of talent available at receiver and DB. I won’t be surprised if the Bears trade up yet again if there’s a guy in the 4th they really like.
Now, projecting Day 3 picks is difficult. But I think we’ll see at least one receiver and perhaps a nose tackle selected. We’ve also had a lengthy list of DBs selected by Pace in rounds 4-6 during his career at Chicago.
Will Robinson II: My heart says they should stay put, or trade back a bit in the 5th and get some depth. My head says they’ll trade up into the 4th and go after a WR. What will actually happen? No clue. I could even see an Anthony Miller trade happen to garner an extra pick or two, say a 4th and MAYBE a 6th? So I’ll just say this: If they pick in the 4th, WR makes sense. If they pick in the 5th, DB or OL depth makes sense. If they pick in the 6th/7th, whatever athletes/projects catch Pace’s interest makes sense. We’ll have to wait and see where they actually pick, because through 3 rounds, they’ve not selected a single player with any of their original selections.
Robert Schmitz: As much as I’d love to say “Pace will stay put at 151 and take the best wideout available”, my guess is that Pace has his eye on 1-3 players that he’ll trade up for if they fall to around 125-135. Positionally speaking, I think he’ll be looking to add a depth inside linebacker, a weapon out of the slot, a speedy backup runningback (like Kansas’ Pooka Williams), and the best DBs he can find. If he can hit on even one of those needs this late in the draft, the Bears will have come away with quite the haul.
Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: I’m sure at some point Pace will get a speedy slot receiver, he’ll nab a safety, please let there be an inside linebacker (that can actually play defense) picked, and we’ll for sure see Pace grab some guy no one has heard of.
What are your thoughts on what will happen today.