It’s time to talk draft Chicago Bears fans . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.
by Nat L. Faybian • Senior Writer • @natlfaybian • nlfmockdraft.com • March 23, 2019 • Updated: April 8, 2019
In Matt Nagy’s first season as head coach, the Bears won the NFC North for the first time since 2010. With a solid core in place, look for this team to take the next step in 2019. GM Ryan Pace isn’t afraid to make aggressive moves to make the team better. The Khalil Mack trade payed immediate dividends. With no picks in the first two rounds, Pace will scout the middle-rounds heavy and might not reach for need, but instead select the best player available.
2019 draft picks
The Bears received no Compensatory Picks.
- Strong Safety
- Outside Linebacker
- Place Kicker
- Running Back
Chicago recently announced that they have signed OT Bobby Massie to a four-year contract extension through 2022. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport added that, per a source informed of the situation, the deal is worth more than $8 million per year. With that good news, Pace can focus on adding quality depth to the roster.
The Bears had some key decisions on players like Bryce Callahan, Adrian Amos, and Aaron Lynch. Callahan was allowed to leave for Denver; Amos left for division rival Green Bay; but they kept Lynch on board. Look for Pace to target help in the defensive backfield and at outside linebacker.
Prospects to watch
Kris Boyd, CB, Texas
Boyd would be a nice fit with Chicago’s stingy defense. He’s a corner that not afraid to make a tackle. While he’s not an interception machine – he only had three in his college career – he excels in redzone coverage. Boyd allowed zero touchdowns in forty-five career games. He finished his time in Texas with 127 solo tackles and 35 passes defended.
Danny Wise, DT, Kansas
Wise is the kind of high-effort, upfield, disruptive, player the Bears covet. Wise was considered the best player heading into the East-West Shrine Game and did not disappoint with his performance all through the week.
Darwin Thompson, RB, Utah State
Thompson was a JUCO transfer from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College where he was an All-American. In 2018 he transferred to Utah State and played under head coach Matt Wells. Thompson made the year count by rushing for 1,044 yards and 14 touchdowns. The junior was named as a second-team All-Mountain West selection.
Players to Watch: S Ugo Amadi, Oregon; RB Ryquell Armstead, Temple; CB Xavier Crawford, Central Michigan; K Matt Gay, Utah; RB Alexander Mattison, Boise State; CB Sheldrick Redwine, Miami; RB Miles Sanders, Penn State; K Austin Seibert, Oklahoma; K Cole Tracy, LSU: and RB Treyveon Williams, Texas A&M.
General Manager: Ryan Pace | Head Coach: Matt Nagy | Offensive Coordinator: Mark Helfrich | Defensive Coordinator: Chuck Pagano
Recent Top Draft selections:
2018: R1 Roquan Smith ILB | R2 James Daniels OG | R2 Anthony Miller WR
2017: R1 Mitch Trubisky QB | R2 Adam Shaheen Ashland
2016: R1 Leonard Floyd OLB | R2 Cody Whitehair OC
2015: R2 Eddie Goldman NT |
R3 Hroniss Grasu OC