It’s all in the books, and despite having limited picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, I think Bears GM made the best of it. I have been one of Ryan Pace’s biggest critics, but I have to give him the credit he and the Bears deserve when he gets it right.
Round 1: There was a lot of chatter of the Bears moving up into the top ten in the 2021 draft to get one of the top QBs. This was my biggest fear actually, given his track record with QBs, and trading up. Well, he didn’t trade into the top ten, but he traded up with the Giant’s who were just outside, at 11. He managed to get a top QB, and possibly the best in the draft in Justin Fields, from the Ohio State University. Whether Fields works out as a pro, the move was a good one. Pace only gave up a 2022 1st and 4th, then swapped “ones” from this year, and a 5th from this year. In the past, and even this year, other teams have given up far more. If Fields works out, this will go down as a huge steal.
Round 2: Pace again traded up and selected OL Tevin Jenkins from Oklahoma State, who was listed by many as a first round prospect. Jenkins played mostly Right Tackle, but had some games on the left side as well. The Bears badly needed some help on the offensive line, and they seemed to get a really good one.
Round 3-4: Pace lost the 4th round in trade last year, and used their third to move up to get Jenkins.
Round 5: Bears had a long wait in between picks upon selecting OT Larry Borom from Missouri. At 6’5 and 332 lbs he looks like he could anchor the right side of the line for many years to come.
Round 6: The Bears drafted 3 players in the 6th round:
Kalil Herbert, RB: Virginia Tech- At 5’9, 204 lbs he seems to be agile and tough enough to run the ball in the NFL. He will add some depth to the Bears current RB corps of Montgomery and Williams. He can also make an impact in the punt and kick return game. He could also be used in the passing game.
Dazz Newsome, WR: North Carolina- Dazz is in the mold of Miller and Mooney as he is 5’10, 185 lbs. I do not know how fast he is, but he had a 1000 yard season in 2019. The Bears needed another WR to pair with Mooney and ARob, perhaps Newsome will be the guy.
Thomas Graham Jr., CB: Oregon- Graham adds depth to the Bears DB corps. They needed it since they lost Kyle Fuller and slot corner Buster Skrine. At 5’10, 195, Thomas should compete to be a slot/Nickel corner and play special teams
Round 7: Kyiris Tonga, DT: BYU- Tonga adds depth to the D-line. At 6’3, 326 looks to make immediate impact as a run stuffer.