The 2020 NFL Combine is officially in the books. There were some outstanding performances that will be remembered for quite some time. Some of them might help out the Chicago Bears in more ways than one would think. Take a listen to the latest Bears On Tap to hear what some of the crew member’s thoughts on the combine were and how the draft may shape up now.
Let’s dive into who the crew members have the Bears taking with their first three picks in the 2020 draft.
Pick #43 – Antoine Winfield Jr.: If the Bears were able to fill one of the biggest holes on defense with a well-rounded player, that would be an ideal situation. The draft seems like it might be the best place to fill this need. Winfield Jr.’s abilities would allow Eddie Jackson to move back into his 2018 role and resume making major impact plays again.
Pick #50 – Curtis Weaver: IF, and that’s a big IF, the Bears could pull off these two players in the top 50, it would be an absolute win in just their first two picks. In reality, it’s highly unlikely that Weaver will even be available at pick #43. The EDGE position is thin in this year’s draft.
Pick #140 (Comp. Pick) – Michael Pittman Jr.: With the release of Taylor Gabriel, the Bears will be looking to fill a void at wide receiver. However, Pittman Jr. may not be the right play here. He would be able to come in and be another big target on the outside for Trubisky, but this Bears team needs a little more speed at the wide receiver position.
Pick #43 – A.J. Terrell: The need for a cornerback might not be as pressing as some of these other holes on the team. However, if Pace goes with the best player available, that could easily be Terrell. The Clemson product would not a bad player to bring in at all.
Pick #50 – Cole Kmet: No one should be surprised Mr. Bdon took a Notre Dame player in his mock. The tight end position might be one of the biggest needs for the Bears this offseason. Getting a player of this caliber this late would an addition that can help the offense right away. There is no way they could skip out even if he is around at pick #43.
Pick #140 (Comp. Pick) – James Morgan: This might be a sleeper pick that many don’t see coming. This team needs some competition at the quarterback spot to push Mitchell Trubisky. However, they can’t afford to spend too much in free agency or risk a higher draft pick for one. Morgan could be a surprising late-round quarterback selection who ends up taking someone’s job down the road.
This year’s draft will be another in which the Chicago Bears look to fill various holes throughout the roster. Several of these players could fall to those two second-round picks, making it an ideal scenario for the Bears. Neither Lucas nor Brandon selected an offensive lineman. That might be a spot this team looks to address further in free agency as well as later in the draft since. It will depend on how other teams react once the run on the deeper positions starts to happen. The Bears could be sitting at a good spot with those two second-round picks. Ryan Pace and co. could even elect to move back in order to get a few more picks in this year’s middle rounds. All that being said, don’t skip over the talent that falls to round two.