The Chicago Bears’ “magical” run came to a screeching halt when Cody Parkey… you know the rest. Bears fans know this loss is going to sting for a long time, but this season should be looked upon as an accomplishment. To add to that, the future of the Chicago Bears looks incredibly bright. With that being said, let’s get into the first Chicago Bears mock draft of the season. Keep in mind, the Bears do NOT have a 1st or 2nd round pick this year.
Round 3 (#87 overall): Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
Ya-Sin was getting zero draft hype prior to the most recent college football season; a lot has changed since then. He’s one of the bigger, more physical CBs in this draft and is coming off an amazing 2018-2019 campaign. We also know that Chuck Pagano gets the best out of his DBs, if Ya-Sin gets the coaching from one of the best in the league, the sky is the limit for him. He finished the year with 2 interceptions and 12 passes defended, but don’t be fooled by the stats because quarterbacks barely threw to his side of the field.
Round 4 (#126 overall): Josh Oliver, TE, San Jose State
After watching some tape, I see a lot of Eric Ebron in Josh Oliver. At 6’5, 250 lbs, Oliver is a huge target with tremendous receiving ability. It’s starting to look like Adam Shaheen isn’t going to cut it, so adding another great receiving TE and a big target could be key for Mitch Trubisky’s development next season. Oliver ended the 2018 college football season with 709 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Round 5 (#163 overall): Tariq Cole, OT, Rutgers
Cole was banged up for a good chunk of his senior year, but there’s no denying that he’s one of the most talented linemen in this draft. After his junior year, Cole was projected to be a 2nd or 3rd round pick, however he decided to return to Rutgers for his senior year. This hurt his stock, especially after NFL scouts saw how he was battling injuries for practically the entire season. Cole excels in pass protection, but has some room to grow as a run blocker. As a 5th rounder, the Bears would be getting some great value and drafting him would make life after Bobby Massie a lot easier.
Round 7 (#227 overall): Darius West, S, Kentucky
At this point in the draft, you’re just looking to find guys that could make the roster as depth players. Bears safety Adrian Amos will be a free agent this off-season, so it’ll be beneficial for the front office to start looking for replacements. Now, I’m not saying West will be a direct replacement for Amos, but he can be one of the players that could contribute in trying to pick up Amos’ production, should the Bears let him walk. West’s coaches have raved about his tough mentality and his desire to “just win”. West finished the 2018-2019 season with 47 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 6 passes defended.
Round 7 (#240 overall): Justin Hollins, EDGE, Oregon
Hollins would (obviously) be a project, but he has all the tools to become a good depth player. As good as the Bears defense is, you can never have enough depth, especially when were strictly talking about the front 7. Hollins is a smaller edge rusher, much like Leonard Floyd was coming in. Getting to the quarterback in college wasn’t the issue, but his inability to stop the run was a huge problem for him and being undersized definitely didn’t help. He finished with 38 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, and 1 interception.
A lot will change after the NFL combine, but for now, I think every single one of these guys has potential as NFL players.