G.W. Gras

Senior Writer for The Bears Brawl and Lead Host of The Bears Brawl Podcast.

The Chicago Bears had a strong draft last year, with Roquan Smith, James Daniels and Anthony Miller leading the way and still getting quality in the later rounds with defensive lineman Bilal Nichols and wide receiver Javon Wims. Of course the off-season as a whole was a big win for the Bears when they traded with the Raiders to receive Khalil Mack. The Mack trade last year resulted in the Bears not having a first and sixth round pick this year; in addition, acquiring Anthony Miller in last year’s draft resulted in Chicago not having a second round pick this year as well. Surely, fans will suck up those draft pick loses for the talent they’ve gotten in return, but let’s see what magic Pace can do this season. This is the first of (who-knows-how) many goes at the Chicago Bears mock draft, courtesy of me, the Heartthrob, G.W. Gras. . .

Third Round: Joejuan Williams, Cornerback, Vanderbilt:

The Bears will have a decision to make in their secondary when it comes to cornerback Bryce Callahan and safety Adrian Amos. Keeping one of them is possible, but both is unlikely. Either way, this makes safety and corner-back positions of need in this draft. JoeJuan Williams is 6’3” and a little over 200 pounds. On the field, he seemed to be just as fast as any wide-out he was matched up against, so it’ll be interesting to see what his combine numbers will look like. He has the size to not get bullied at the line of scrimmage and has great instincts and awareness. He’s not just a big guy who wants to play up at the line of scrimmage either – he can play well when off the line of scrimmage and isn’t thrown off by stutter-step routes. He is not just a guy who could take the nickel spot, he has the type of ability that could probably get him into the number two corner spot.

Fourth Round: Joe Giles-Harris, Linebacker, Duke

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Giles-Harris was a three star recruit at Duke who became an All ACC 1st Team Defender in 2017 and 2018. Giles-Harris is noted for having a high football IQ and a strong leader on the field. He knows how to take angles, and is the kind of player who does not stop until the whistle is blown. He is better in zone coverage than trying to stay with a running back or tight end step for step, and has good hands to shed blockers. He is the type who is a sure tackler and if brought up right in this Bears system, he could become Danny Trevathan’s replacement in a year or two.

Fifth Round: Mike Edwards, Safety, Kentucky

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Probably my favorite player in the draft. His knock is his size (5’10”, 201) but he’s a player who Kentucky defensive coordinator Matt House, placed not only at the safety spot, but also at nickel-corner and even at times as an edge rusher in special packages. Although Edwards’ days as an “edge” rusher will be gone once he steps into the NFL, he no-doubt, has the ability to blitz from the secondary. He’s a sure-tackler as well racking up 82 tackles last season and 97 tackles in 2017. Considering his versatility in the secondary, he’d be a prime pick in the fifth round, who could easily transition to a nickel-corner in the NFL.

Seventh Round: Saquan Hampton, Safety, Rutgers

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Here is another safety, much like Edwards, who can line up in the nickel and offer a defensive coordinator some versatility. He has no fear as a tackler in run support and has decent recovery speed, which he had to use due to a lack of defensive talent around him. He’s the kind of player who will lose traction in the draft because of where he played his college ball but if he was on a better program he might have been a top ten safety with his skill set.

Seventh Round: Lanard Bonner, Guard, Arkansas State

I’m never one who wants to get a guard from the likes of Arkansas State but Bonner played well against the defensive line of Alabama and had an above average showing at the East-West Shrine game. He played a lot of left tackle at Arkansas State, but it would be some time or divine misfortune before he’d see that kind of action in Chicago, but he can definitely play guard in the NFL. It’s a position to keep in mind, considering Kyle Long’s extensive injury history.