Every team hopes that the selections they make in the NFL Draft will go on to become valuable players in the league, but as history has shown, there are going to be a fair number of busts every single season. That said, there are also going to be players picked in the later rounds who go on to be stars in the NFL. The truth is that we can’t really know how good or bad a draft year really was until a few years down the line, but we can take a guess based on the moved made by each team. We are going to look at what each team did in the 2020 NFL Draft and see how it affected their odds to win the Super Bowl LV in the coming season. For this piece, let’s take a closer look at the Chicago Bears.
NFL Chicago Bears SB Odds & Analysis After Draft
The Bears traded away their 1st round pick back in 2018 when they got Khalil Mack, so they did not get to pick until Round 2 this year. The Bears saw the lowest production of any team at tight end last season, so it is perhaps no surprise that they picked up TE Cole Kmet out of Notre Dame with their first pick. After picking up Jimmy Graham during free agency, Kmet will be able to serve as a backup while still getting some playing time.
Another big hole that needed to be filled by the Bears was at cornerback, which they addressed with their second pick in the 2nd round. Chicago picked up Jaylon Johnson out of Utah, but this is a bit of an iffy pick given that Johnson has had some injury issues.
The 5th round was a busy one for the Bears, as they had 3 picks there. They got the ball rolling with DE Trevis Gipson, a player who has the ability to get after opposing QB’s in a hurry. Gipson could fill in at OLB, so perhaps a smart pick.
The Chicago Bears seem intent on building a solid group of CB’s via the draft, as they took another in the 5th round, going with Kindle Vildor out of Georgia Southern. This is a big kid with some upside. If he makes the 53-man roster this year, it will likely be n special teams.
The Bears traded with the Eagles to move up and take Darnell Mooney, a speedy wide receiver who could prove to be a long ball threat. The Bears are thin at WR, so they really needed to make this move.
The Bears went into the final round of the 2020 NFL draft with a pair of picks at their disposal. Chicago had serious issues on the O-line last season, so it’s perhaps a bit of a surprise that they waited until the 7th round to draft OL Arlington Hambright. They also picked up OT Lachavious Simmons with their final pick.
After a disappointing year, the Bears needed some immediate help, but you have to argue that they did not really get it here. Only time will tell. The bookies have the Chicago Bears in at +4000 to win the Super Bowl this coming season.