Chicago Bears 7-Round Mock Draft: Ryan Pace goes nuclear

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Chicago Bears, Tay Gowan
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Scouting Report. CB. 6. player. 57. Pick Analysis. UCF. Tay Gowan

Although it would be nice to have addresses cornerback earlier in the draft, the Bears do not skip out on the position altogether. With Desmond Trufant and Jaylon Johnson holding down the starting spots, the Bears are basically putting their faith in the fact that those two stay healthy. If not, they could be in trouble.

But, in the sixth round, they add some depth with UCF cornerback Tay Gowan, who joins his college teammate, Richie Grant, in the secondary for the Bears. As a sixth rounder, Gowan represents a nice flier.

Standing 6-foot-1, Gowan has ideal size at the cornerback position. He does a good job roughing up receivers at the line and preventing underneath route. Gowan also possesses above average ball skills, making it difficult on receivers when it comes to 50-50 balls as well. However, he can struggle if he’s taken deep or expected to cover a wideout with more finesse in their route running.

For those reasons, Gowan might actually be best suited in the slot, where he could compete for time. Without Buster Skrine, the Bears have a spot to fill and Gowan could make it a formidable competition between he and Duke Shelley, among other candidates the Bears choose to bring in.