We’re only in week 3 of the 2017-2018 NFL season and a lot of Bears fans are already looking forward to the 2018 NFL Draft, after two losses to the start the year. A year that started with so much promise has been already plagued by injuries. So I’m going to give you an early look at the players I want for the Bears at each pick right now. Keep in mind, this is assuming that the Bears stand pat and don’t make any trades involving draft picks.
Round 1 (#3 overall): Derwin James, S, Florida State
Safety isn’t Chicago’s biggest need, but passing up on a guy as talented as Derwin James would be silly. He would be able to play SS and it would allow Eddie Jackson to stay in that FS role. Quintin Demps is a bridge guy at SS for the moment. While I do like Demps, James can and will be a franchise player for whatever team decides to take him.
Round 2 (#35 overall): Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana
Simmie Cobbs is one of the most underrated prospects in this upcoming draft. I see a lot of Mike Evans in him and while I was already higher on him than most, his performance in Indiana’s first game against those Ohio State’s cornerbacks solidified everything for me. With everything that’s going on with Kevin White, this guy could end up being a franchise player for the Bears.
Round 4 (#105 overall): Deatrick Nichols, CB, South Florida
The Bears don’t have a 3rd round pick for now, so there’s a pretty big gap between their second and third pick, but if Nichols falls, he has to be the guy. The Bears have two huge needs heading into the draft next year: wide receiver and cornerback. They already addressed the wide receiver hole, so Nichols would be the best cornerback available at this point. He might be slightly undersized, but he has phenomenal ball skills and is very physical.
Round 4 (#114 overall): Jacob Pugh, EDGE, Florida State
Yes, the Bears are set when it comes to good pass rushers, but keep in mind that the players are only getting older and Leonard Floyd would benefit by having someone harassing QBs opposite of him for the future. Pugh isn’t the biggest guy, but much like Floyd, he’s extremely athletic and we have seen of late many athletic edge rushers turning into quarterback hunters at the next level.
Round 5 (#154 overall): Austin Corbett, OL, Nevada
When you’re this deep in the draft, you pick the best player available and the best player available just so happens to be a tackle which the Bears could definitely use. Bobby Massie is the biggest weakness amongst the Bears offensive line. Corbett may play well enough to take his job. Even if he doesn’t, there really isn’t anything to lose when you’re drafting the best player available in round 5.
Round 6 (#182 overall): Deasean Hamilton, WR, Penn State
Another guy at a position of need that will most likely be the best player available. Good size at WR and has good hands, this is where you find your gems.
Round 7 (#225 overall): Derrick Tindal, CB, Wisconsin
If the Bears ended up with Tindal as their second CB in the draft, they should be absolutely delighted. This kid has a lot of upside, every time I’ve watched Wisconsin, teams never seem to throw to Tindal’s side. He’s a lockdown corner and as a 7th round pick, they’d find themselves getting great value.
It’s obviously way-too-early, as you can tell from the title, but when the season is two weeks in and I’m already drained, there’s nothing much to look forward to.