Chicago Bears: 7-Round 2017 NFL Mock Draft Filled With Many Exciting Trades

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Malik Hooker 2017 NFL Draft
December 31, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes safety Malik Hooker (24) intercepts a pass intended for Clemson Tigers wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) during the first half of the the 2016 CFP semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

A trade down right off of the bat. I was perfectly happy staying put at three and taking Jamal Adams, but I just could not turn down this haul of a trade offer. Going from the third overall pick to the 11th is a steep drop, but the Bears received a ton of draft capital for their troubles. The Saints traded up for Alabama linebacker Rueben Foster and they certainly paid for it.

The value of picks traded according to the NFL Draft Trade Value Chart: 2,530 to 2,200, advantage Bears.

The Bears make a significant trade back and still land a player who could easily be an option at three. Malik Hooker is an impressive safety prospect who has massive upside at the next level.

The Bears secondary is a mess. They cleaned it up a bit in free agency, adding players like Quintin Demps, Marcus Cooper and Prince Amukamara to the mix. That being said, they still severely lack playmakers on the back-end of their defense.

Hooker is an elite coverage safety who can range from sideline-to-sideline from the deep safety position. He shows great speed and athleticism that gives him that tremendous range. Most notably, Hooker has incredible ball skills, seemingly always making a play on the ball in the air.

He would be an elite addition to the Bears defense at a major position of need. Hooker’s ability to make plays on the back-end would hide a lot of mistakes by a less than impressive group of cornerbacks.