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Who NFL analysts think Bears will draft

Chicago Bears
29 Mar 2020, 00:37 GMT+10

After the first wave of free agency, several NFL writers have updated their mock drafts. Here are who some of them think the Bears will select with their first two picks, both of which are in the second round.

NFL.com's Chad Reuter predicts that the Bears will choose LSU safety Grant Delpit at No. 43 and Purdue tight end Brycen Hopkins at No. 50.

The latest in a long line of great LSU safeties, Delpit follows Jamal Adams, Tyrann Mathieu and others into the NFL. The 6-3, 203-pounder started in all three of his seasons in Baton Rouge, registering 199 tackles, eight interceptions, 32 pass breakups, 17.5 tackles-for-loss and 7.0 sacks while playing in 40 games with 37 starts. Delpit was a two-time consensus All-American selection and won the Jim Thorpe Award as the country's best defensive back last season as a junior while helping LSU claim the national championship.

Hopkins had 130 receptions for 1,945 yards and 16 touchdowns in 48 games over four seasons at Purdue. Last year the 6-5, 245-pounder set career highs in all receiving categories with 61 catches, 830 yards and 7 TDs. His father, Brad, played offensive tackle at Illinois and for 13 NFL seasons with the Oilers/Texans.

Josh Edwards of CBS Sports thinks that the Bears will select Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs at No. 43 and Fresno State offensive lineman Netane Muti at No. 50.

Diggs lined up at receiver and defensive back as an Alabama freshman in 2016 before shifting exclusively to defense in 2017. After suffering a season-ending foot injury in the sixth game of his junior season in 2018, he established career highs with 37 tackles, three interceptions and eight pass breakups last year as a senior. Diggs is the younger brother of NFL star receiver Stefon Diggs, who was recently traded from the Vikings to the Bills.

Muti was hampered by injuries throughout his college career. He was limited to five games the past two seasons by an Achilles' tendon injury in 2018 and a Lisfranc foot injury last year. The 6-3, 307-pounder was born in Tonga but grew up in Hawaii. In his only healthy collegiate season in 2017, he started all 14 games at left guard and earned honorable mention All-Mountain West honors.

Walter Football is predicting that the Bears will choose Houston tackle Josh Jones at No. 43 and Notre Dame receiver Chase Claypool at No. 50.

Jones was a four-year starting left tackle for the Cougars. The 6-7, 310-pounder earned second-team all-American Athletic Conference accolades last season as a senior despite being limited to nine games by a knee injury. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein compares Jones to Bears right tackle Bobby Massie.

Claypool was a three-year starter at Notre Dame, where he caught 150 passes for 2,159 yards and 19 touchdowns while appearing in 45 games over four seasons. Last year the 6-4, 229-pounder led his team and established career highs in all receiving categories with 66 catches, 1,037 yards and 13 TDs.

Draftsite.com thinks that the Bears will select Auburn tackle Prince Tega Wanogho at No. 43 and Texas A&M defensive tackle Justin Madubuike at No, 50.

Wanogho made 32 career starts for the Tigers. He arrived in the United States from his native Nigeria in 2014 as a teenager seeking a college basketball scholarship. But the 6-5, 308-pounder instead opted to play football, originally arriving at Auburn as a defensive end. After redshirting as a freshman, he was switched to offensive tackle.

Madubuike was a five-star recruit who appeared in 34 games the past three seasons at Texas A&M and registered 62 tackles, 11.0 sacks and one interception. Last year the 6-3, 304-pounder compiled 45 tackles and 5.5 sacks.

Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports is predicting that the Bears will pick Washington quarterback Jacob Eason at No. 43 and Utah cornerback Jaylon Johnson at No. 50.

Eason bypassed his senior season to enter the draft. Last year in his only season at Washington the 6-6, 231-pounder completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 3,132 yards with 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Eason sat out the 2018 campaign after transferring to Washington from Georgia.

Johnson was a two-time first-team All-Pac 12 selection at Utah, where he played in 38 games with 29 starts the past three seasons and recorded 102 tackles, seven interceptions-returning two for touchdowns-21 pass breakups and one sack. The 6-foot, 191-pounder's best year was 2018 when he set career highs with 41 tackles and four interceptions.

USA Today's Luke Easterling is predicting that the Bears will choose Notre Dame tight end Cole Kmet at No. 43 and Clemson cornerback A.J. Terrell at No. 50.

Kmet was a three-year contributor and one-year starter at Notre Dame. Last season the 6-6, 262-pounder established career highs in all receiving categories with 60 receptions, 691 yards and six touchdowns despite missing the first three games with a broken collarbone. Kmet is a Chicago area native who attended St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights. His father, Frank, was on the Bears practice squad in 1993.

Terrell played in 38 games the past three seasons at Clemson, registering 107 tackles, six interceptions-returning one for a touchdown-and 20 pass breakups. The Tigers went a combined 29-1 in his two years as a starter. Last season the 6-1, 190-pounder was named first-team All-ACC after generating 39 tackles, two interceptions and seven pass breakups in 15 games.

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