Chicago Bears mock draft 5.0: Trade opens things up

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Possible Chicago Bears draft target Myles Jack
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Myles Jack, (6-foot-1, 245 pounds), OLB, UCLA

The trade helps the Chicago Bears here. With the run on quarterbacks, teams find themselves with options they did not know they would have.

The San Diego Chargers need to protect Philip Rivers, so Laremy Tunsil will be available. If they go defense, they will probably take Jalen Ramsey. The Philadelphia Eagles are looking for a cornerback or running back, so Vernon Hargreaves or Ezekiel Elliot are options there. The Cowboys will either go after Paxton Lynch or Joey Bosa, and the Jacksonville Jaguars will get the guy the Cowboys do not take.

The Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Bucs will go for defensive line, so DeForest Buckner and Shaq Lawson may go to those teams. The New York Giants need an offensive lineman, so they will take Ronnie Stanley.

San Francisco may be the one team that may prevent the Bears from taking Jack if they do not get their quarterback.

While Jack may be a little shorter than most outside linebackers, he is super athletic and has good speed. Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio had a similar player in NaVorro Bowman, and he used Bowman’s ability the best way possible. Bowman was one of the best and most versatile linebackers in the NFL before he got injured.

As a freshman, Jack was the Pac-12 Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year. He was an All Pac-12 Second Team in 2013 and 2014.

Last season, Jack was on his way to another great season in 2015, but he tore his meniscus. He left UCLA and rehabbed full-time on his injury and prepare for the draft.

Having played running back, Jack has the speed to make tackles all over the field. He can cut off running backs trying to hit the outside, helping a Chicago Bears rushing defense that was porous last season.

Jack can also use his speed to blow past blockers and get to the quarterback. He can cover tight ends, running backs and even some slot receivers.

Jack has a high motor and likes to hit. He will be popular with Chicago Bears fans. He will also be popular with Fangio, who could use that versatility and speed.

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