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

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For the third selection in a row, the Bears go defense here at no. 136 with UCLA edge rusher Gabriel Murphy. As a player who could potentially play either outside linebacker or edge rusher, Murphy could give the Bears some versatility. Still, he likely projects better as a rotational edge rusher that can help against the run.

Murphy is quick for his size and can chase down ball carriers from behind, and he brings a high motor with his pass rush. After three seasons with North Texas, Murphy didn’t produce as much for UCLA in his lone year with the Bruins. But, the physical tools are still there. Under the right development, Murphy will be an above-average rotational rusher.

This will be a tough pill to swallow, but the Bears very well may move on from David Montgomery. Running backs simply don’t get paid like they used to, and Chicago has Khalil Herbert ready to step into the RB1 role. But, they still need depth at the position and someone to complement Herbert.

The one thing Montgomery lacked was the true home-run type of speed, and Chase Brown offers that. When he gets to the second level, there’s a good chance he could end up earning pay dirt. Brown handled over 300 carries for Illinois in his final season, proving he can handle a huge workload if needed.

Brown ran for over 1,600 yards and 10 touchdowns last season with the Illini, and would give the Bears someone similar to Herbert who could take over as the lead back in a pinch.