The best prospects fall into the NFL draft every year.
This is how the project works. Some teams are much higher on some perspectives than the media, and those same teams might not feel the same about a player that many think is a first-round talent. Last year, D.K. Metcalf dropped unexpectedly at the end of the second round. Drew Lock, Jaawan Taylor, Cody Ford and Greedy Williams were also among those who were supposed to be first round selections, but who fell on Day 2 for one reason or another.
This bodes well for the Bears, who should have two selections in the second round, with both picks in the top 50. In recent years, draft picks like James Daniels and Cody Whitehair have been widely regarded as potential selections in the first tower, but the two ended up falling into the towers of Chicago.
They hope the same will happen this year as they could use immediate upgrades to a handful of posts. As Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy’s jobs are not as comfortably secure as they were at the same time last year, it would be wise to seek out early game players who could make an impact. rather than taking a chance at prospect development in Round 2.
These four players are currently considered by project analysts to be first-round prospects, or they have been recently considered and have since seen their respective stocks drop. The results of the project are unpredictable, but those prospects are among those that could potentially fall into the hands of the Bears in the second round.
Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
A recent procedure performed to treat a heart injury could see Laviska Shenault Jr. drop out of the first round, especially given the quality of this class of broad receptors. Even with that injury, combined with a year of setback in 2019, it was well worth a look in the middle of the second round.
In other words, Shenault is an absolute playmaker. His 4.58-by-40-yard dash while injured in the handset doesn’t do his real playing speed justice – he accelerates well in no time and has electric field athletics free. He has the athleticism to stretch the field as a deep threat, and his combination of vision and agility after capture makes it difficult to catch up. Add its impressive contact balance and a 6 foot 1 inch 227 pound frame, and it’s a nightmare for opposing defenders to face. He is also a physical presence in contested wrestling situations that offers a lot of strength and ball tracking capabilities. He also offers value out of the backfield, where he has run for 7 touchdowns in the past two seasons in just 40 races.
Although somewhat crude as a road runner, Shenault’s athleticism projects him well as a “Z” receiver who can use his athleticism to play on the field and take advantage of the space to miss defenders or crush them. He would be a fun player to watch in the Bears’ attack, and one that Matt Nagy would like to be able to use in many different ways.
Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Formerly considered one of the top 10 consensuses in the 2020 class, Grant Delpit has seen his stock plummet in the past few months, making it uncertain whether he’ll go in the first round.
With the emergence of Jeremy Chinn, Antoine Winfield Jr. and Kyle Dugger – as well as the reliable play of Xavier McKinney – the hype of Delpit has calmed down a bit. Part of this stems from his year of decline in 2019, where he struggled a lot as a tackler and failed to replicate his production from 2018. However, the All-American consensus twice is still a very talented prospect with a high ceiling to the next level.
The 6 foot 2 inch 213 pound Delpit is a stellar mix of size, athleticism, ball skills and instincts. It has a fantastic length for the safety position and a well constructed frame. He has great acceleration that comes out of his breaks, while encouraging fluidity in the hip and the ability to change direction. Delpit’s fast handling skills allow him to react instantly and detonate a game, and his ability to read the eyes of the quarterback allows him to jump roads and make games, whether he is aligned in height or below. He attacks the ball well and does a good job of adjusting the ball in the air. The LSU star also offers a valuable blitz and has a physical side to it.
Delpit was recently mocked at the Bears in a fake project on NFL dot com, which would be theft at this stage of the project. His tackle and consistency in transporting balloons will certainly need to be improved, but let’s not complicate matters: Delpit is always a very good prospect with a high ceiling to the next level.
UN J. Epenesa, EDGE / DL, Iowa
Epenesa entered the 2019 season as a potential top 10 pick, but dropped the boards a bit over the year, despite double-sacking for the second consecutive season.
Twice member of the first All-Big Ten team, Epenesa brings an ideal frame at 6 feet 5 inches and 275 pounds. As you would expect from a player who won Illinois state titles in high school and high school discus, the Iowa star brings a lot of power to the table. He has a powerful punch at the point of attack and plays with incredibly violent hands when he presses the passer. His punitive clubs allow him to unbalance blockers, leaving them subject to a movement of finesse. He is quickly out of his position, and he also does a good job of maintaining constant leverage across his pads and hands. With 22 sacks and 30.5 tackles for a loss in his last two seasons, Epenesa is a productive and polite defender who brings value as a run and pass defender. Although his general athleticism and fluidity are poor, he has proven that his strength and technique allow him to overcome this barrier.
Admittedly, Edge rusher is not a great need for the Bears after the acquisition of Robert Quinn to team up with Khalil Mack, but with a value like Epenesa in the second round, it would be wise to at least consider the possibility of it recruit. It could be used as a 5-a-side technique in defense of the Bears which could occasionally spell Quinn or Mack as a standing rusher from time to time. Plus, adding Epenesa to their current seventh front would be an absolute cheat code, which, for no other purpose, would be a pleasure to watch.
Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
Another case of “draft pundits overestimate their assessment and decide that, no, this good player is actually not very good”, Tee Higgins broke down on dashboards after poor tests during his Pro Day and the the rise of numerous uplink receivers such as Justin Jefferson, Brandon Aiyuk and Denzel Mims.
Higgins, who has had 118 receptions, 2,103 yards and 25 touchdowns in his two seasons as a starter for Clemson, is wide at 6 feet 4 inches and 216 pounds. He has a wide catch-up radius and has some of the best ball skills in this year’s class as he can adapt incredibly well to the ball and follow the deep pass efficiently. He has strong hands, can box defenders in ball jumping situations and is a difficult runner after capture. Although he is not an athlete burner, Higgins is a flowing receiver with very good body control and a coordinator who can turn his hips well.
Many assume that the Bears will target a faster receiver in the project given their lack of speed in their current group of enlargers. While this is certainly a possibility, Higgins physics, his hands and first-rate bullet skills project him as a top-notch weapon # 2 to the next level with the potential to become a 1000 meter receiver in due course. . Combining it with Allen Robinson outside with Anthony Miller in the slot would give Chicago a group of dangerous receivers.