At long last, the comp pick draught is over for the Chicago Bears. The Bears had not received a compensatory pick in the NFL Draft since 2009, an 11-year stretch. That changed Tuesday afternoon, when the league released its official list of compensatory picks for the 2020 NFL Draft. Finally, the Bears were on it.
Chicago will receive the second-highest comp pick in the fourth round. Here are the details.
Chicago Bears 2020 NFL Draft: Bears Receive Fourth-Round Comp Pick
The Bears saw four players leave (Adrian Amos, Bryce Callahan, Josh Bellamy, and Eric Kush) while signing three free agents in 2019 (Buster Skrine, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Cordarrelle Patterson). Thus, they will receive one compensatory pick in the 2020 Draft as a result.
The Bears’ 2020 comp pick will be the 140th selection overall, and the second pick of the fourth round of the draft.
The Minnesota Vikings led the NFC North in comp picks this year, receiving three for the 2020 draft. The Bears were second, as neither the Detroit Lions nor the Green Bay Packers received one. The New England Patriots had the most of any team in the NFL with four compensatory picks for the draft.
Chicago has not been good at drafting solid personnel over the last several decades, which resulted in the aforementioned draught. Per Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears have received 18 comp picks since 1994, which ranks 28th out of 32 NFL teams.
Their first comp pick in 11 years came after the team released safety Adrian Amos last year. Chicago drafted Amos in the fifth round of the 2016 draft, and he played four seasons with the Bears, making just under $4 million in those four years. The Bears then signed veteran safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to a very favorable one-year, $3 million contract this past season to replace Amos. Clinton-Dix is likely to move on after his year in Chicago, so the Bears will be looking for a safety once again.
While he has made some questionable decisions in the early rounds of the NFL draft, Bears GM Ryan Pace has made some solid mid-round picks, especially in the fourth and fifth rounds. Tarik Cohen, Amos, Eddie Jackson, and Bilal Nichols, to name a few, have all been late-round steals by Pace.
Here is a full list of the Bears’ picks in the 2020 NFL Draft:
- Round 2: No. 43 (from Khalil Mack trade) and No. 50
- Round 4: No. 140 (comp pick)
- Round 5: No. 164
- Round 6: No, 197, No. 201 (from Jordan Howard trade)
- Round 7: No. 227 (from Eddy Pineiro trade), No. 234