Chicago Bears: 7-Round 2020 mock draft at end of regular season

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Pick Analysis. 4. player. 901. Scouting Report. Cornerback. San Diego State. Luq Barcoo

At Prince Amukamara‘s age (he’ll be 31 when the 2020 season begins) and with the Chicago Bears needing to clear some salary cap space, I’d expect him to be a casualty in the offseason. There is an out after the season and the Bears likely take it.

The Bears have Kevin Toliver and Duke Shelley behind Amukamara but they should have another player in the mix. The Bears probably like Shelley but you can’t have enough good corners who are great ball hawks.

Barcoo isn’t getting a lot of attention but he’s having an incredible season. He leads the nation with nine interceptions and has 18 passes defended. It’s gotten to the point that opposing quarterbacks just aren’t throwing his way anymore.

One of the reasons the Bears defense was so dominant in 2018 was because of the turnovers. The secondary recorded 27 interceptions. Five of those resulted in pick-sixes and others resulted in giving the offense a short field to work with. In 2019, those numbers went down to 8 interceptions and just one touchdown.

Barcoo measures 6-1 and weighs 175 pounds. He’s played on both sides of the ball, playing wide receiver in both high school and two years at a community college (Grossmont College). He has a good understanding of what receivers are trying to do. That’s how he disrupts passes and gets in position to make interceptions.

The Bears can get a player in Barcoo who has a chip on his shoulder. Safety Eddie Jackson (fourth-round pick) and Shelley (sixth-round pick) were two players who played well in college but for one reason or another, they went lower in the draft than expected and are playing with chips on their shoulders.

Jackson is a two-time Pro Bowl player and Shelley made the team and is ready to prove doubters wrong. I think those types of players play hard and succeed and Barcoo can do it as well. Just imagine a battle for a starting spot between two of those types of players.