Chicago Bears Mock Draft: Big trade addresses WR, Bears add a QB

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Chicago Bears, Clark Phillips
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In the fourth round, the Bears add a cornerback in Utah’s Clark Phillips. Chicago’s defense has Jaylon Johnson locked and loaded as their top corner on the outside, but with Kyler Gordon entering his second year, we’ll see where Alan Williams ends up playing him. Gordon excelled in the slot when he finally settled in, so maybe he stays there.

At just 5-foot-10, Phillips does have experience playing both inside and outside. He could adapt to either spot depending on where Gordon fits. Phillips brings top-tier ball skills to the table, which this defense needs in a big way. Chicago has to create more takeaways, and Phillips ended last season with a whopping six of them. He also found the end zone twice.

This is where the Bears attempt to stop the bleeding against the run. Typically, adding defensive linemen from Alabama is a great idea. They have the tendency to work out as pros, so Byron Young comes to the Bears in the fourth round as a possible steal.

Young is mostly a run-stuffing inside lineman with limited potential as a pass rusher. But, the Bears desperately need to find help in stopping the run first and foremost. He’s a big, powerful guy who maintains his gaps well and isn’t easily pushed around.

His best trait is the ability to take on double teams with ease. Young’s strength is tremendous, and his presence will help the Bears be much more proficient against the run.