Chicago Bears Mock Draft: Justin Fields gets Tee Higgins, other weapons

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Chicago Bears, John Michael Schmitz
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To kick off Day 2, Fields gets even more elated when he sees the Bears draft his new starting center in John Michael Schmitz out of Minnesota. When looking at the Bears’ offensive line last year, no player stood out as more replaceable than Sam Mustipher. Fields got left on an island many times at the hands of Mustipher, and the Bears cannot afford to go another season watching him start.

Now, Schmitz comes in as maybe the best center in this draft class. He’s a 6-foot-4, 320-pound behemoth of a man that packs quite a punch. He’s a physically dominant lineman that rarely gets pushed around.

What’s best about Schmitz’s game is his fit within a zone rushing scheme, which the Bears like to run a lot. He’d plug right in and be more than comfortable in Luke Getsy’s offense, allowing the unit to become much more cohesive and dependable.

Not only is Schmitz strong, but he’s calculated. His football IQ is very high, and he’s great with his hand placement and techniques. He’s also able to move well laterally, which isn’t something you typically find with the big, strong guys. Schmitz is a well-rounded interior lineman and the Bears will notice a difference with him in the middle from Day 1.