I’ve always had a love of mock drafts. I’m a sucker for them no matter the sport or time of year. I’m also a Bears fan and as I go through the scouting process, there are always players I would like to see land on my favorite team.
Recently I decided to put these two ideas together. I would really (like really, really) like for Chicago to draft Bradley Chubb, the best pass rusher in the draft, from North Carolina State in round one. I then want the to come back in round two and pick up Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington.
I’d been reading some early mocks. Many had Chubb landing in Indianapolis at the third overall pick. If he made it past there, he would most commonly land in Tampa Bay at pick seven, one selection before the Bears. Washington was the easier of the two to get him where I wanted him to go.
Either way, I wanted a realistic mock that could prove that my dreams weren’t just delusions. I wasn’t just going to put together a mock where someone takes a punter in the top five just so I get my guy. It had to be something that could reasonably happen. I also didn’t want to throw in trades and make this really hard, so this is the way the draft order is right now. Obviously free agency can throw a major wrench into all of this.
One caveat I want to make before I start: I haven’t completed the scouting process yet, so this order will definitely change as I move through draft season. Also, I never watch offensive linemen, so I would take those picks with a grain of salt.
1. Cleveland Browns – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
The Browns need a quarterback. Rosen is the best of the bunch.
2. New York Giants – Sam Darnold, QB, USC
If you are this high and your quarterback is that old, you pull the trigger. (Whispers: you’ll see why in round two).