Chicago Bears Mock Draft-April 5th 2019
With the 87th pick in the 2019 draft the Chicago bears select....
Jace Sternberger TE-Texas A&M
Sternberger had bounced around schools, eventually accruing a full season of playing time at Texas A&M. As an underclassman, he played two years for Kansas, but never really got to see the field. After sitting out in 2017, he was allowed to transfer to A&M and have a 2018 first-team All American season. Sternberger is far from a finished product, but shows flashes of every aspect you need from a tight end. He's got great hands, is willing to block, and he can get open. At 6'4" 251 lb, he's not a huge tight end, but his ability to catch the ball in stride makes him seem like an over-sized wide receiver at times. Although he is 23, the fact that he sat out a season and barely played at Kansas means there isn't as much tread on the tires and he has more room to improve. As soon as Harry Hiestand gets a hold of him, he can help iron out some of the wrinkles in his blocking technique. Although we already have a U tight end in Trey Burton, the Bears can't pass on Sternberger if he falls to 87. Pick 126 S Amani Hooker-Iowa
In 2018 Hooker was an absolute ball hawk with 4 interceptions and 7 passes defended. It has been questioned whether or not Hooker has the burst to play single high free safety, but when playing in a shallow cover two zone, he excels. He has great ball skills and uses his hands with extreme effect to fight off blocks, and he plays tough and can stop the run when he is in the box. While he may "lack burst", he still gets around the ball regularly, demonstrating that his effort can clearly make up for some of his inabilities. To put it simply, he's a ball player; he understands the game and where he needs to be. He would be a nice complement to Jackson, similar box play to Amos, and better ball skill coming out of collage.
Pick 162 RB Bryce Love-Stanford
Bryce Love is a special player. Although he was dealing with injuries most of his 2018 season, in 2017 Love was a Heisman runner-up and All-American. If he wanted to enter the draft after the 2017 season, he was projected to be a second round pick, but he decided to go back to graduate and get his Biology Degree. This tells you multiple things: he's smart, he was a good teammate, and he isn't willing to quit. You saw him battling injuries all throughout the 2018 season, showing incredible toughness, and he wasn't sidelined until he tore his ACL. As deterring as that sounds, his operation went well and he should be ready for training camp. In 2017 Love had 263 carries for 2,118 yards, averaging 8.1 yards per carry. He also had 19 touchdowns and has the break away speed to take a 75 yard touchdown to the house. It would be a nice change from Jordan Howard, seeing him regularly chased down from behind when getting into the second level. He's a completely different type of back than Howard, and will be more effective in Nagy's system. Although the injury hurt his draft status, it may have really helped the Bears if they decide to steal him in the fifth. Pick 222 Edge L.J. Collier TCU
Collier posted 6 sacks in 2018 (11th most). Although he played in a 4-3, his 6'2" 281 lb frame leads me to believe that he would end up playing with his hand in the ground rotating behind Hicks and Nichols. His bull rush was probably his best move and has been reported not to have the bend that a natural edge rusher has. Although he was all about getting after the quarterback, he is strong in setting the edge and playing against the run. He has the upside worth drafting, although he would not be an ideal fit. It's also possible he can develop into a solid defensive tackle. Pick 238 Edge Maxx Crosby EMU
In 2018 Crosby had 70 tackles 19 tackles for loss, and 7.5 sacks. Looking at his tape, I don't understand how he is ranked so low, but it's possible he can be an absolute steal if he falls the way he is expected to. Crosby is 6'5" 255 lbs, so he needs to put on some weight. He is limited in a few aspects - size and speed being a couple - but he plays with a chip on his shoulder. He is relentless in pursuing the ball and his stats show that. Although the strength of schedule isn't the greatest, he is still worth the 7th round selection. He won't be Kahlil Mack, but maybe he can give him a breather every now and then.