The Chicago Bears need to move on from Eddie Jackson. The veteran safety just did not produce enough takeaways to justify his massive 2024 salary cap hit.
That is why the Bears will take a free safety in the third round.
Round 3 (No. 68 Overall via New England): Calen Bullock, Safety, USC
Bullock had nine career interceptions for the Trojans. He has good size for a free safety. Bullock needs to add strength as he can get bulldozed over.
Man can the guy get interceptions.
The Bears like long players and Bullock has length, but it is his ball skills that make him an ideal fit for Matt Eberflus' defense.
The Bears need another edge rusher, but there is a good chance they will sign one in free agency.
Since free agency is loaded with pass rushers, the Bears double-dip by taking another defensive tackle with their other third-round pick in this mock draft.
Round 3 (No. 75 Overall): Kris Jenkins, Defensive Tackle, Michigan
With Justin Jones pending free agency, the Bears would be wise to another defensive tackle. Plus, they could use depth behind Andrew Billings in stopping the run.
Jenkins plays in the Big Ten so being stout against the run is a prerequisite.
He still has to get better as a pass rusher. Jenkins did register a sack in the College Football Playoff semifinal. Jenkins also played great against Ohio State with five tackles. Plus, lets give Pickens some competition as it will make the defensive line better.
It would not be shocking to see the Bears use their vast cap space to sign an edge rusher opposite Montez Sweat. They still could use a one young pass rusher to join the rotation.
That's why they draft a versatile and productive rusher with the first of their two fourth-round choices.