Chicago Bears Mock Draft: Fields stays, Hopkins lands, no. 1 pick traded

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DL. Oklahoma. Jalen Redmond. 6. 815. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. player

In the sixth round, the Bears start with defense by going with another Oklahoma Sooner. This time, it’s defensive lineman Jalen Redmond, who has the ability to line up at multiple positions across the defensive line. He’d be a guy the Bears could throw in as a rotational player, substituting for a few different guys if asked.

One of the reasons he’ll drop is because he’ll be a 23-year-old rookie. But, Redmond has made an impact when given opportunity over the years. Over his last three seasons played, Redmond has totaled 29 tackles for loss and 14.0 sacks.

For someone you can throw in just about anywhere up front, Redmond will be a valuable chess piece.

LB. Florida. Ventrell Miller. 840. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. 6. player

Again, the Bears go defense in the sixth round and grab their second Gator of the draft with linebacker Ventrell Miller. As an inside linebacker, Miller would likely serve as a special teams guy or a backup to Sanborn or Campbell, but would provide valuable depth. He’s a smart player that reads run plays quickly, which is something the Bears struggled mightily in last year.

Pick Analysis. RB. 7. player. Scouting Report. Kentucky. Chris Rodriguez. 833

Finally, the Bears grab a running back to pair with Khalil Herbert, assuming David Montgomery is not back. Even if Montgomery is re-signed, there’s no real reason to believe Trestan Ebner or Darrynton Evans make the team as the third back.

As Will Levis’ primary running back with Kentucky last year, Chris Rodriguez brings some explosiveness and grit to the position; something the Bears are not unfamiliar with. Rodriguez is a lot like Montgomery, in that he can be a tough, short yardage back who plunges into the end zone on goal line situations as well.

Between Herbert’s speed and elusiveness and Rodriguez’s nasty demeanor, the Bears could have another fantastic one-two punch — or even trio, should Montgomery return.

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