The Bears find themselves making back-to-back picks here in the sixth round after making a trade with the Tennessee Titans. In Pace’s third trade of the weekend, Chicago sends a 2022 sixth rounder and a 2023 seventh rounder to Tennessee in order to net one more pick in this year’s draft.
With this pick, the Bears land an interesting cornerback prospect in Texas Tech’s Zech McPhearson.
The 5-foot-11 McPhearson does a little bit of everything. First of all, he is a pretty good cornerback. He could afford to learn a bit more when it comes to processing routes, but if he’s asked to cover a receiver on a go route, he’s going to be fine. McPhearson has great straight-line speed, but he’ll struggle keeping up with more intricate routes at times.
McPhearson projects as mostly a special teams ace, but could fight for time at the slot with the way Chicago’s roster is currently put together. The Bears need a slot guy, and McPhearson could end up challenging for that starting role.
This is a scrappy, smart football player. McPhearson has blocked two kicks over his career, and he can also return punts and cover kicks (h/t Lance Zierlein). Because he’s so versatile, he’ll have no problem coming in and competing wherever Sean Desai places him. He’ll get on the field, that’s for sure.