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

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Scouting Report. Linebacker. 6. player. Pick Analysis. Ohio State. Baron Browning. 812

The injury to linebacker Danny Trevathan could end up helping the Chicago Bears. I don’t know if they would have brought him back at a premium price but his elbow injury could mean he comes back on a smaller, more affordable deal.

In Trevathan’s and Roquan Smith‘s absence due to injuries, Kevin Pierre-Louis and Nick Kwiatkowski both filled in well. They aren’t on the level of the players they replaced, of course, but they played well nonetheless.

For 2020, the Bears still need some depth. Trevathan, Kwiatkowski, Pierre-Louis and Aaron Lynch all become free agents at the end of the season. Do the Bears sign all of them? I’m not sure about that. Also, the team needs to make a decision on Joel Iyiegbuniwe. “Iggy” hasn’t seen much of the field other than on special teams. Does he see more playing time in 2020?

To add depth, the Bears should draft Baron Browning out of Ohio State. He is an athletic marvel, running a 4.56-second 40-yard dash time coming out of high school. At 6-3, 248 pounds, he has the size teams look for in linebackers covering the middle. He has fluid hips and he’s able to go sideline to sideline with ease. Also, he can change direction when needed. He is an effective blitzer with the ability to shed blockers quickly.

The knock on Browning is his motor. He doesn’t always go full speed and he is still more hype than play. Some say if he completely dedicates himself to the game he could be great. Playing on a great Chicago Bears defense could bring out his best, though. Seeing how Mack prepares and how well even the backups to the backups play could be the spark he needs.

If Browning is available to the Bears here they should pounce on him. If playing on an elite professional defense does bring out his best, the team is that much better. If he still doesn’t find that motivation you’ve only lost a sixth-round pick and it isn’t much of a loss. At this late in the draft, it’s a good chance to take.