The Chicago Bears made some big splashes in the first week of free agency and a new 7-round 2020 mock draft shows how they keep improving.
The new NFL season started last week (March 18) and, with it, so too did free agency begin. Teams like the Chicago Bears made adjustments to their rosters, cutting players and restructuring contracts to free up salary cap space and sign players they feel make the team better. Some are hoping to compete for a Super Bowl while others just want to add to their win totals and take a step forward.
The Bears made several moves in the first week. They filled some of their holes either by signing someone who could start or adding depth to a position.
The first move they made was a curious one. They signed tight end Jimmy Graham right out of the gate. Many expected Graham to go after the first wave of signings. The Green Bay Packers released him before the start of free agency so teams could sign him earlier. There were no bites, however, until the Bears came calling.
The Bears then stunned people with their second move. They signed one of the most sought-after free agent edge rushers, Robert Quinn. They strengthened an already elite defense, creating an incredible edge duo.
The Bears then surprised many by trading for quarterback Nick Foles. Chicago was reportedly in on various quarterbacks, with the thinking being to give Mitchell Trubisky competition. Foles is a former Super Bowl MVP who stepped in when starter Carson Wentz went down with an injury.
Foles has familiarity with the Bears’ coaching staff when he was in Philadelphia and Kansas City. He understands the system that head coach Matt Nagy runs and can push Trubisky (some feel he can even beat him).
There were other moves made that will be discussed later. They weren’t on the level of the team’s first three moves.
As a result of these moves, the 2020 NFL Draft might be different from what some expected a few weeks ago. Of course, we won’t get any clues from general manager Ryan Pace. He is extremely secretive on his moves and it seems that he likes to surprise people with his moves. The only thing we might know is that he’ll make trades. He’s made at least one trade in every draft in his tenure in Chicago.
With that in mind, here is a new 7-round 2020 mock draft for the Chicago Bears with the early parts of free agency now in the book.