We’re a little less than a month away from the NFL Draft, and folks, I’m excited. Baseball season is here, weather is getting warmer, and every football fan under the sun is a scout. Here at Blitzalytics, we are having fun discussing prospects and who would be the perfect fit for our respective teams, and as a Bears fan, I’m feeling a little left out. In case you didn’t know, the Bears do not own any draft picks in the first or second rounds this year because of the Khalil Mack trade. The first time the Bears will be welcoming a new rookie into their ranks will be the 87th pick in the third round. Since Bears fans can’t be part of all this draft talk, I’m going to give my second Bears-only mock draft. If you’re looking for my first Bears mock draft to compare with how this article is similar (or different), I wrote it on my own blog at The 77 Sports Stop before I joined Blitzalytics, and if you’re interested, I’ll provide a link at the bottom of the article. For now, though, all football business will be done at Blitzalytics. To make it a little more fun, I allow trades in my mock drafts, and that’s where we start.
If you know Bears general manager Ryan Pace, you know he’s not afraid to be aggressive and trade up in the draft. I’m not saying he won’t trade up this time, but the Bears don’t have much to trade this year. Next year, we have 10 draft picks after the compensatory picks from Adrian Amos and Bryce Callahan departures. Also, recently we received another 6th that can turn into a 5th after trading Jordan Howard to Philadelphia. There won’t be trades predicted in this Mock Draft, but I would never rule it out when you’re talking about Ryan Pace.
Round 3, pick 87, the Chicago Bears select: Miles Sanders, Running Back, Penn State.
After months of research, I have declared Miles Sanders the best running back in the 2019 NFL Draft. I’m not big on doing player comparisons, but I’m going to do it and say when I watch Miles Sanders play, it’s impossible to not think about LeSean McCoy. Sanders is the everything back the the Bears need. He can beat you with power by running down your throat, he can put defenders on skates on an icy Soldier Field with his shiftiness, and he has untapped potential as a receiver. With an elite defense and the creative mind of Matt Nagy, this is the type of running back an organization can pair with Mitch Trubisky to have a Super Bowl team on your hands. I’ll be doing cartwheels up and down my street if Sanders falls to us.
Round 4, pick 126, the Chicago Bears select: Christian Miller, Edge Rusher, Alabama.
An Alabama stud who’s dealt with injuries in his college career makes his draft stock drop. No, I’m not talking about Bears safety Eddie Jackson; I’m talking about future Bears edge rusher Christian Miller. While a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide, he attacked the edge with a great bend, using his length to shed off blocks and knock offensive lineman off their base. He’s fast enough to hit the gaps effectively and fluid enough to drop back in coverage. He suffered a torn biceps injury and a hamstring injury that took him out of the National Championship Game, but when he’s healthy the guy produces (36 tackles,11.5 for loss, 8.5 sacks, and just one pass breakup). You might be inclined to ask, “Does Chicago seriously need another edge rusher?” Simply put, yes. Having an abundance in a position is not a bad strategy. The Bears have Mack and Leonard Floyd, who are the pillars, but it gets thin behind them. They lost Aaron Lynch to free agency, and now they have Isaiah Irving and Kylie Fitts. These two aren’t terrible, but also not really dependable if Mack or Floyd goes down. Christian Miller can have a bigger impact than what Aaron Lynch made last year for the Bears.
Round 5, Pick 162, the Chicago Bears select: Isaiah Johnson, Cornerback, Houston.
If you were watching any Houston football, you were most likely watching because of Ed Oliver. I was in the same category; however, a player other than Ed Oliver stood out to me: Isaiah Johnson. A former wide receiver now converted to cornerback, Johnson is long, lengthy, a surprisingly good punch when in man press, and possesses excellent recovery speed. Johnson is more than capable to make solo tackles when alone in coverage, but the one thing that I love the most about his game? He can catch. It’s simple: as a former wide receiver, he didn’t lose those hands, and in a division where there’s a lot of deep threats, Johnson can win the 50-50 ball. He won’t be looked at as a starter day one of training camp, which is perfect for the Bears because of Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara already penned in as the starters. This gives Johnson time to develop his game and become a more polished corner after the transition from offense to defense.
Round 7, pick 222, the Chicago Bears select: Iman Marshall, Cornerback, USC.
You might be confused as to why the Bears would take two corners in back to back rounds. When I watch the film, I see Iman Marshall being a better fit at safety in the NFL. He’s physical, more aggressive, and doesn’t have the athleticism and speed to be a corner at the next level. Like Johnson, Marshall will be looked at as a backup his rookie year behind HaHa Clinton-Dix, and being a backup will be great for his development. With HaHa only being signed to a one year contract, I believe the Bears are in the safety draft market. Taking a chance on a football player like Marshall is a safe bet.
Round 7, pick 238, the Chicago Bears select: Cole Tracy, Kicker, LSU.
Another season is almost upon us, and that means another year of Bears fans praying the curse Robbie Gould put on us when the Bears cut him finally gets lifted. Cody Parkey is out of here, and the search for a kicker continues. Cole Tracy is the best kicker available, and because I don’t know how exactly to scout a kicker, I just went straight to the stats. They’re impressive.
20-29 yards: 13-13.
30-39 yards: 7-8.
40-49 yards: 6-7.
50+ yards: 3-5.
Extra points: 42-42.
The games that impressed me the most were the Fiesta Bowl against UCF, where Cole Tracy practically was their offense (he accounted for 16 of the Tigers’ 40 points), and against Auburn, where Tracy showed his ability to perform under pressure by nailing the game-winning kick, getting a Rudy-esque exit after the game. Chicago needs some serious kicker competition, and we’re going to get it. Cole Tracy vs. Chris Blewitt (yes, that’s a real name) is going to be the battle all Bears fans will be locked in on.
Stay tuned to Blitzalytics for the latest NFL, AAF, and 2019 NFL Draft content. Coming up, keep your eye out for the Blitzalytics Mock Draft, where Team Blitz members will make selections for each team they’re representing. You might see this ugly mug on camera making a selection for the Baltimore Ravens in just a couple weeks.
Bears Mock Draft 1.0 link: https://the77sportsstop.wordpress.com/2019/02/25/chicago-bears-mock-draft-1-0/