Bears 7-Round Mock Draft: Three Trades Lead to Huge Draft Haul

The Bears start with four picks and finish with eight draft choices.
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The Trades Begin

The Bears also have the No. 9 pick. That is an advantageous spot to be in for a couple reasons.

The first is offensive tackle Joe Alt could drop if there is a run on quarterbacks and wide receivers. He is considered the top tackle in the draft and he is a player the Bears can plug and play for the next 12 years. He is probably the only tackle prospect the Bears should consider replacing Braxton Jones with.

It is unlikely he will fall as this run projected run on receivers might not happen.

That means Washington wide receiver Rome Odunze or LSU's Malik Nabers could fall to the Bears if teams decide to fortify their trenches first. If a run on tackles and receivers happens, it might mean Michigan's J.J. McCarthy will be available at nine. That means a quarterback-needy team like the Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, or Minnesota Vikings may want to trade up to get him.

It could also leave Georgia tight end Brock Bowers for the taking although the Bears have cover there with Cole Kmet and Gerald Everett. That also means a playoff contender may want to jump up and get him.

In the mock draft simulation done on, there was a run on quarterbacks, receivers, and tackles along with pass rusher Dallas Turner getting taken before the Bears were on the clock.

That left McCarthy on the board and also Bowers. The simulations popped offers from the Broncos and the Raiders, but it was a swap of first-round picks and a third-round choice. The simulation had the Rams make an offer for the Bears to drop down to No. 19 with two more picks involved...

Todd Mock Draft Trade

With the Bears still needing a pass rusher or a three-technique defensive tackle along with picking up two more top-100 picks, this was a no-brainer to accept.

The Bears Add a Complementary Pass Rusher

Dropping down to No. 19 had some intriguing defensive options on the board and the Bears take a pass rusher in this mock draft.

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Pro Football Focus has Verse as the third-best pass rusher in the draft. He had 28 sacks during his three years for the Seminoles.

He might not be as long as the Bears like in their linemen, but the man has a great burst and a knack for getting to the quarterback.

“He really sees the game well and he’s got the athleticism to go with it. I think he’ll be one of the best defensive players to come out of this draft.” - NFC executive