He spoke to Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times about what the Bear can do for third overall. He made one thing clear from the start. Don’t expect them to aim for an offensive point of view. In his estimation, no player on this side of the ball in this class deserves to go that far. This means that one of two things will happen. They will either take the best defensive player on their board or compromise with a team looking for a quarterback.
“Continuously trading and letting someone get the third quarterback is always [a possibility] – You get a lot in return,” said Kepper. You’re not going to get a receiver there. There’s no offensive lineman to take in. [No. 3]. No one on the offensive side takes the ball at 3 but the quarterback. ”
“There is no top 10 receiver right now,” Kepper said. Maybe Jordan Addison at USC. Maybe Quentin Johnston at UCLA. Josh Downs in North Carolina. Jackson Smith Njegba [of Ohio State] He was among the top ten, but he was injured. The guy I really like is Boston College’s Zee Flowers. He’s the most underrated receiver in this draft.”
MailKeeper has a good feeling about these things.
Last year in his final mock draft, he correctly predicted target spots in seven of his first eight draft picks. He was right about Jacksonville and Detroit targeting defensive ends, the Jets ordering a cornerback, the Giants holding a defensive end and offensive tackle, the Panthers tackling, and the Falcons taking a wide receiver. So when he says the probability is low that any non-QB offense will rank in the top three, it’s a safe assumption that he’s probably right. NFL teams likely see it the same way.
This makes what happens in the first and second positions very interesting for the bears. If they both end up becoming quarterbacks, the Poles will have his pick for the best defensive player on his plate. Chicago’s defense desperately needs talent, especially on the offensive line. However, if one of those defensemen went to either of those first two locations, the Bears would become an outstanding trading destination for a team looking for a quarterback. Mailkeeper is correct. Seems to be a strong point of having a team.
Maybe something will change in the next few months, and an offensive senior butts heads during the pre-draft process in the Senior Bowl or scout group. As things stand, it looks like a defense or a trade if the Bears stay in third place.