By: Will Farlow
The NFL Draft is a chance for any NFL team to take their picks from rounds one to seven with the hope of finding great players to change their franchise in an instant. The Chicago Bears have some holes to fill starting Friday with two picks in the second round. General Manager Ryan Pace has the chance to improve areas such as the offensive line, the secondary, and finding a play maker on offense. These are my picks that I believe are each good, impact players to help the Chicago Bears to continue that long term success.
Round 2: Pick 43
Cole Kmet – TE Notre Dame
The Chicago Bears have many needs, but an important factor in this pick is to also improve the tight end position, and Notre Dame's Cole Kmet is a great choice for the Bears at this pick. Kmet at 6'5 is a great size the Bears can pair with Jimmy Graham and Demetrius Harris solidifying the tight end position in Chicago. Kmet is known as both a good blocker and receiver which should check the boxes for GM Ryan Pace on a good quality tight end to help the Bears compete for many years.
Round 2 : Pick 50
Jeremy Chinn S Southern Illinois
The Chicago Bears take a chance with the second choice in the second round taking a talented, underrated safety from a mid major school. Chinn is a player that prides himself on being a great player on the field while carrying a good team first work ethic. The Bears have had many visits with the Southern Illinois safety that paired with Eddie Jackson could cement the Bears secondary for many years to come. I really like this good pick at 50th overall by Ryan Pace.
Round 3: Pick 196
Trade with Cleveland : Browns take Chicago's sixth round pick(196) and a future fourth round pick sending their third round pick (97) to Chicago
Jake Fromm QB Georgia
Ryan Pace is well known as he Bears GM for making the right deal in the draft whether it's moving up or down, and he trusts his gut and history of picking Georgia Bulldog players. The Bears give up their sixth rounder at pick 196 and a future fourth round pick to select a quarterback to learn under starter Mitchell Trubisky and backup Nick Foles. Josh Fromm is known as a good leader during his time at the University of Georgia, and his good decision making skills and football IQ mesh well in a head coach in Matt Nagy. Building depth at a position is important in the NFL Draft and Pace makes a slam dunk pick by taking Fromm.
Round 5: Pick 169
Trade with New Orleans: Saints get bears pick in 5th round(163) sending their fifth round pick (169) and a future fourth round pick
James Robinson RB Illinois State
Ryan Pace makes a trade down six spots in the fifth round with New Orleans , and picks up a future fourth rounder to replace the one traded to Cleveland earlier to move into Round 3. Ryan Pace continues his smart approach in the draft finding another good running back to pair with David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen. Pace selects the running back from Illinois State star James Robinson. Robinson was scouted a fair amount by the Chicago Bears and is a running back that is projected to go to a team in the mid rounds. Robinson has a good work ethic, speed, and the ability to get consistent scores at the goal line as he averaged 1899 yards and 18 touchdowns in his senior season for the Redbirds. Ryan Pace gets a good hometown running back at this pick in round 5.
Round 6 : Pick 200
Michael Onwenmu- OL- Michigan
The Chicago Bears use one of their two sixth round picks to a future starting guard to take the place of retired Chicago Bear Kyle Long. Onwenmu is projected by some analysts to go in the fifth round , but Pace gets lucky as he falls to Chicago at pick 200. The offensive lineman from Michigan is well known by scouts for his strength, run blocking, and pass protection making him a great addition for the Bears to pair with James Daniels and Cody Whitehair long term .
Round 6 : Pick 203
Lamar Jackson CB Nebraska
The Chicago Bears need to improve depth at the corner back position as CB Prince Amukamara was released earlier in the off season. This is not the MVP quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, but hes another player that adds goo depth to the Chicago Bears secondary. GM Ryan Pace after a visit with the corner back makes him the pick for Chicago at 203. Jackson has good length allowing him to get good coverage on wide receivers, and had five receptions in his final two seasons for the Corn huskers.
Round 7: Pick 226
Dallas Warmack G Oregon
The guard that spent time protecting QB Justin Herbert at Oregon is now heading to Chicago to protect Trubisky, Foles, and third round QB pick Fromm. Warmack brings his great height at 6'2 that allowed him to prevent sacks and stop defenders for the Ducks in his college career. Ryan Pace visited with Warmack prior to his pro day and takes him in round 7 to add depth to the Bears offensive line.
Round 7: Pick 233
Juaun Jennings WR Tennessee
Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace strategically takes a good wide receiver from the drafts deep depth by taking the senior from Tennessee. Jennings brings good awareness to an already strong core of Bears wide receivers in Robinson, Miller, Ridley, and Wims. Jennings averaged 146 receptions and 18 touchdowns for the Volunteers now bringing his talents to the Windy City.