Chicago Bears Draft: Players worth trading up for

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Chicago Bears, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson
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Safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida

Another prospect having different projections at the moment is Chauncey Gardner-Johnson out of Florida. The versatile defensive back has been mocked within both the first and second rounds over the past month or two, and he’s talented enough for Pace to make a move up and grab even in the early-to-mid second round.

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Right now, the Bears are fine at safety. They are, of course, returning Eddie Jackson at the free safety spot and brought in Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to replace Adrian Amos as the strong safety.

Beyond those two, Deon Bush and  DeAndre Houston-Carson will serve as depth. Gardner-Johnson would be an upgrade from both of them and couldend up replacing Clinton-Dix next year.

What I love about Gardner-Johnson is the fact that he offers an ability to play up in the slot. Obviously, the Bears signed Buster Skrine to do that, but Gardner-Johnson is great playing up in the box.

He is one who loves the action. He will gladly help in run support and is good at it. But, he can also play single high if needed. That’s probably the area I’d be most worried about, though, and I would assume Chuck Pagano keeps him more in the box.

Having performed well at the Combine with a 40-yard dash of 4.48 seconds and a 36.0-inch vertical jump, Gardner-Johnson helped his stock a lot.