The draft, which had been scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, was successfully completed virtually from the homes of coaches, general managers and other front-office staff because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Here's a pick-by-pick look at how each player Chicago selected will fit:
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Round 2, No. 43 overall: Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
My take: The Bears had the least productive group of tight ends in the NFL last season. Kmet was the consensus best tight end in the 2020 draft class, but he finished with only 60 career catches for 691 yards and six touchdowns. Still, Kmet figures to have an ample role on offense along with free-agent tight end Jimmy Graham, who received a two-year deal with $9 million guaranteed. The Bears just released veteran free-agent flop Trey Burton, and former 2017 second-round pick Adam Shaheen seems like a long shot to make the final roster. Look for veteran Demetrius Harris to also be one of Chicago's top three tight ends with Graham and Kmet. General manager Ryan Pace entered the new league year determined to overhaul the position, and the selection of Kmet puts an exclamation point on that endeavor.
Round 2, No. 50 overall: Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
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My take: Cornerback was a glaring need for the Bears after they released veteran Prince Amukamara. Johnson played all of last year with a torn labrum in his right shoulder but was still a second-team All-American who left college with seven career interceptions and 21 pass breakups. Johnson is a longer cornerback (6-foot) who will be asked to play a lot of man coverage in Chicago’s 3-4 defensive scheme. Cornerback is a premium position in the NFL. Six cornerbacks came off the board in the first round. The Bears couldn’t afford to wait until Day 3 to find a starting-caliber cornerback. Johnson has injury concerns, but he will be given every opportunity to start as a rookie opposite Kyle Fuller.
Round 5, No. 155 overall: Trevis Gipson, DE/OLB, Tulsa
My take: The Bears traded a 2021 fourth-round pick to NFC North rival Minnesota to move up eight spots for Gipson, who had 15 tackles for loss and eight sacks last year for Tulsa. You can never have enough pass-rushers at the NFL level. The Bears signed Robert Quinn in free agency to compliment Khalil Mack, but general manager Ryan Pace obviously felt the defense could use another player with a history of getting after the quarterback. At 6-foot-3, 261 pounds, Gipson, who played defensive end in college, has the frame of an outside linebacker in Chicago's defense. The Bears have yet to re-sign veteran Aaron Lynch, which could open up a spot for Gipson in Chicago's game day rotation at OLB.
Round 5, No. 163 overall: Kindle Vildor, CB, Georgia Southern
My take: The Bears take another cornerback after using pick 50 on Utah's Jaylon Johnson on Friday night. Vildor, who has good size for a cornerback at 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, had nine career interceptions at Georgia Southern. Chicago also took cornerback Duke Shelley in the sixth round last year, so the Bears have a young group of cornerbacks on the roster. Whereas Johnson will be expected to crack the starting lineup in 2020, Vildor's initial role will be on special teams if he makes the 53-man roster and is active on game days.
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Round 5, No. 173 overall: Darnell Mooney, WR, Tulane
My take: The Bears pulled off a trade with the Eagles to obtain pick No. 173 and draft Mooney, who ran 4.38 in the 40-yard dash at the 2020 NFL combine. The Bears had a clear need at wide receiver after the club released veteran Taylor Gabriel in the offseason. Former second-round pick Anthony Miller is also recovering from another shoulder procedure. Mooney -- listed at 5-10, 176 pounds -- will more than likely be a slot receiver in the NFL. Bears general manager Ryan Pace loves prospects with off-the-chart test scores and measurables. Mooney’s blazing speed was probably the main reason the Bears took him late in the fifth-round.
Round 7, No. 226 overall: Arlington Hambright, OL, Colorado
My take: The Bears waited until the seventh round to address the offensive line. The unit was a major area of concern -- across the board -- after the group underperformed in 2019. Hambright is a well-traveled player who went from junior college to Oklahoma State to Colorado as a graduate transfer. The Bears found a late-round steal in starting left tackle Charles Leno Jr. back in 2014, but seventh-round picks are usually longshots. Hambright played tackle in college but could end up at guard. The Bears are looking to get bigger up front. Hambright is listed at 6-foot-5.
Round 7, No. 227 overall: Lachavious Simmons, OT, Tennessee State
My take: Simmons played multiple positions in college -- left tackle, right tackle, right guard and left guard. At 6-foot-5, Simmons is another large body on the Bears' offensive line. Chicago needs better play from its offensive line in 2020, but it's difficult to envision Simmons or fellow seventh-round pick Arlington Hambright helping immediately. Perhaps the best thing Simmons and Hambright have going for them is that new Bears offensive line coach Juan Castillo undoubtedly had some role in Chicago selecting them. Because the Bears have a new line coach, everyone in the room is beginning with a clean slate, and that includes the rookies. But it figures to be even tougher for late picks to make the 53-man roster without a proper offseason program.