Chicago Bears address major needs in this mock draft

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Jalen Pitre was the best available player on the board in the mock draft simulation when it came time for the Chicago Bears to pick.

While I have a hunch that Poles may trade down in the second round, he may reconsider that position with Pitre still on the board.

Pitre is a versatile athlete in the secondary. He either lined up at safety or covered the slot receiver during his time at Baylor. He can step in right away and play nickel-cornerback.

He can also help the pass rush.

Pitre took home Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2021 along with being named an Academic All-American.

He is listed as six feet tall. Pitre had 56 solo tackles along with two picks last season. He was stellar in the redzone.

Pitre had a big game in the Big 12 Championship game with seven tackles, two tackles for a loss, and two passes defended. believes he can be an interesting defensive chess piece in the NFL.

"Part of Pitre’s projection depends on where he winds up. He’s a unique player and would be best with a defensive coordinator that knows how to use him. But the bedrock traits in Pitre’s game should be appealing to most NFL evaluators. Although undersized, Pitre brings elite hustle, along with great explosiveness, instincts, versatility, and physicality. He also projects well in coverage, and with some improvement, he can be an absolute chess piece."

Bleacher Report thinks he can be like Budda Baker in the NFL. thinks Pitre fits more as a safety or a hybrid linebacker. They are not as high on him as others draft scouting services.

Pitre would definitely fit Eberflus’ “HITS” philosophy. He has a high motor and never takes a play off according to Fansided’s Hunter Haas.

The Chicago Bears can use Pitre to address their slot corner problem or play safety where they have only one player currently under contract.