The Chicago Bears are heading in a new direction. After the draft and free agency, it’s time to update your mock drafts for the 2018 season!

For most clubs, the NFL draft is only a few days away. Fans of the Chicago Bears, on the other hand, will have to wait another day to watch their beloved club make a decision. The Bears’ lack of a first-round selection as a result of the Justin Fields deal last year doesn’t mean they can’t obtain some impact players with two second-rounders and one third-rounder. The Chicago Bears’ three-round mock draft 2.0 is now available. 

Mock Draft 1.0 for the Chicago Bears

In Sportcasting.com's Chicago Bears mock draft 2.0, the team selects OT Bernhard Raimann, WR Alec Pierce, and DT Perrion Winfrey.

In Sportcasting.com's Chicago Bears mock draft 2.0, the team selects OT Bernhard Raimann, WR Alec Pierce, and DT Perrion Winfrey. Mike Calendrillo/Sportcasting | Sportscating.com’s Chicago Bears mock draft 2.0

The Chicago Bears went heavily on offense and Georgia Bulldogs in the recent Sportscasting.com three-round mock draft, while also acquiring a small-school star. This is what the mock draft looked like:  

  • George Pickens, WR, Georgia (Round 2, No. 39 overall)
  • Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming, Round 2, No. 48 overall
  • Jamaree Salyer, OL, Georgia, 3rd round, No. 71 overall

Players change as draft boards firm throughout the NFL, but the Bears’ needs remain the same. The offensive line and wide receiver are still priority goals for Chicago because Justin Fields needs assistance. In this Chicago Bears mock draft, the defensive line becomes increasingly essential as the club transitions to new head coach Matt Eberflus’ style. 

Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan, second round, No. 39 overall

If a club does not have a first-round choice, it must pounce on any first-round player that falls to the second round. That’s why general manager Ryan Poles picks Central Michigan lineman Bernhard Raimann at No. 39 in this Chicago Bears hypothetical draft. 

He began his collegiate football career as a tight end, so the 6-foot-6, 303-pound offensive guard is quite athletic. He’s unfiltered and has an intriguing backstory. Raimann grew up in Austria playing American football before coming to the United States as a foreign exchange student in high school.  

Raimann’s development might take some time, but the Bears’ rehabilitation is a long-term project. At the offensive line, the tackle’s potential is among the highest in the draft. Investing in a talent like him in the second round might pay dividends for the next decade, ensuring Justin Fields’ safety and health. 

Alec Pierce, WR, Cincinnati, second round, 48th overall

“It’s trick or treat time! A touchdown for the Bearcats! What a snare!”

Desmond Ridder goes deep and Alec Pierce climbs the ladder in this week’s Skilled Play of the Game––presented by Fujitec. pic.twitter.com/WIGDN7EV0a

— Cincinnati Bearcats (@GoBEARCATS) October 31, 2020

The Bears are in desperate need of good wide receivers after losing Allen Robinson II, and will have to utilize one of their second-round selections to obtain one. Georgia’s George Pickens is still a viable option, but if the Bears choose Bernhard Raimann at No. 48, he’ll be gone before the end of the first round. 

That’s not terrible, however, since this year’s second-round WR class is really deep. The Bears should be able to pick up Alec Pierce of Cincinnati, a pass-catcher who is climbing late in the draft rankings, at No. 48. 

Pierce, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 211 pounds, has the ability to shoot deep with the ball. At the combine, he ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash. He isn’t only a speedster, however. Pierce has great hands and can also utilize his body as a possession receiver. Last season, he caught 52 passes for 884 yards and eight touchdowns for the Bearcats. 

Pierce is also a local man, which is a plus for Bears supporters. He was born and raised in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, around 30 miles west of Soldier Field. 

Perrion Winfrey, DT, Oklahoma, 3rd round, No. 71 overall

As the famed Bears defense transitions from a 3-4 to Matt Eberflus’ 4-3 defense, there are a few spots on that side of the ball that the squad lacks on the roster. On the defensive line, one of them is a three-technique pass rusher. 

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound DT, who grew up in Maywood, Illinois, even closer to the Bears’ home stadium than Pierce, would be a great match in the center of Eberflus’ line. Perrion isn’t a very good run-stuffer, but that’s OK. Winfrey will be asked by the Bears to press the pocket into the quarterback’s lap, and he is capable of doing it. 

Last season, he recorded 5.5 sacks from his DT position and wowed scouts and coaches with a powerful bull rush during Senior Bowl workouts. If Winfrey brings the same tenacity and effort to the NFL, he may be a DeForest Buckner-like presence for the Bears (who led Eberflus’ Colts in sacks last season). 

If this Chicago Bears mock draft is right, here’s something to think about: In the Twitter clip above, Winfrey’s (possibly) future teammate Bernhard Raimann offers the DT a look as he smashes his opponent in the Senior Bowl. 

Sports Reference provided all stats.

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