Bears NFL Draft Picks 2020: Speedy Taylor Gabriel Replacement Highlights Selections

WR Darnell Mooney NFL Draft Bears

Getty The Chicago Bears moved up to draft WR Darnell Mooney

After sitting out the first day of the 2020 NFL Draft due to lack of first-round selections, the Chicago Bears have finally added some new faces to their roster. The Bears took the nation’s top tight end, Cole Kmet, with their first pick at No. 43, and followed that up by selecting gritty Utah corner Jaylon Johnson. It was a fairly uneventful day devoid of trades or much drama. Then, Day 3 happened.

Bears general manager Ryan Pace traded up twice, sending a 2021 fourth-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for the 155th overall pick in the fifth round this year. Chicago took Tulsa edge rusher Trevis Gipson with that pick.

Pace then traded both of this year’s sixth-round picks along with a seventh rounder (No. 233) to the Eagles in exchange for No. 173 in the fifth round. With the 173rd pick, Pace and company chose Tulane wide receiver Darnell Mooney. One of the two sixth-rounders used in the trade was a comp pick the team received after trading running back Jordan Howard to Philly.

Mooney ran a 4.38 in the 40-yard dash at the combine, and his speed and skill set makes him an immediate replacement for the recently-departed Taylor Gabriel. In 2018, he caught 48 passes for 993 yards and eight scores, while snagging 45 receptions for 670 yards and five touchdowns last season.

As for Gibson, he had eight sacks and 15 tackles-for-loss for Tulsa last year, and while he’s raw, he has majorly disruptive tendencies on the edge. He won’t contribute much right away, as he’s more of a developmental player, but his upside is vast if he can improve his balance and core strength.

Bears Finally Address Offensive Line in Seventh Round

Chicago entered the draft with offensive line depth being a key area of need, particularly after the retirement of veteran stalwart guard Kyle Long. The Bears did not address their o-line need until the final round of the draft, when they selected two offensive linemen: Colorado offensive tackle Arlington Hambright and Tennessee State OL Lachavious Simmons.

Simmons was part of a Tennessee State offensive line that averaged over 400 yards rushing per game while also allowing the fewest sacks in their conference. Hambright, whose name set Twitter aflutter, is an interesting prospect. A versatile o-lineman, he has played multiple positions in multiple schemes. When asked prior to the draft where he preferred to play, his answer suggested a refreshing openness: “I’m happy to play wherever they need me at. I can see myself playing tackle or guard. I’ve played them both. I can see myself getting moved around all over the line really. I’m gonna play wherever they need me to play,” he said.

Here’s a roundup of each of the Bears’ draft picks in the 2020 NFL Draft:

  1. Round 2: No. 43 Notre Dame TE Cole Kmet (from Raiders via Khalil Mack trade):
  2. Round 2: No. 50 Utah CB Jaylon Johnson
  3. Round 5: No. 155 Tulsa DE Trevis Gipson (from trade with Vikings)
  4. Round 5: No. 163: Georgia Southern CB Kindle Vildor
  5. Round 5: No. 173 Tulane WR Darnell Mooney
  6. Round 7: No. 226 Colorado OT Arlington Hambright (from Raiders via Eddy Pineiro trade)
  7. Round 7: No. 227 Tennessee State OL Lachavious Simmons

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