A lack of scoring and injuries on defense dropped the Chicago Bears back to an 8-8 record last season. However, things can be better for Chicago this upcoming season with added depth. Let’s take a look at who the Bears picked in the 2020 National Football League (NFL) Draft.
Round 2 – Pick 11: Cole Kmet – TE – Notre Dame (6’6″, 262 lbs). The Bears have not had a consistent tight end for quite some time. Kmet appears to be locked in at TE for the 2020’s. He is the best-rated TE in this draft.
Round 2 – Pick 18: Jaylon Johnson – CB – Utah (6’0″, 193 lbs). Johnson dropped to the second round due to having offseason shoulder surgery. If he fully recovers, then he will start at one of the cornerback spots.
Round 5 – Pick 10: Trevis Gipson – DE – Tulsa (6’3″, 261 lbs). The Bears needed to find some depth in rushing the passer. That has been found with Gipson, who had 15 tackles for losses and 8 sacks last season.
Round 5 – Pick 18: Kindle Vildor – CB – Georgia Southern (5’10”, 191lbs). Vildor will compete for time as a backup corner or as a corner over the slot in mutliple receiver sets.
Round 5 – Pick 28: Darnell Mooney – WR – Tulane (5’10”, 176 lbs). The Bears desperately needed another wide receiver that can open things up. Last season, Mooney averaged over 14 yards per catch in college. His speed will be used on the outside or in the slot.
Round 7 – Pick 12: Arlington Hambright – G – Colorado (6’5″, 300 lbs). The Bears had to draft a guard after Kyle Long retired. Hambright adds to the interior depth on the offensive line.
Round 7 – Pick 13: Lachavious Simmons – G – Tennessee State (6’5″, 290 lbs). The Bears doubled down on interior offensive line depth with Simmons.
Grade: The Bears draft was not splashy, but Chicago actually added the depth necessary to make a playoff run next season. I give them a C+.