2 perfect options for the Bears with the No. 43 overall pick in the NFL Draft
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2 perfect options for the Bears with the No. 43 overall pick in the NFL Draft

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The Chicago Bears were unable to replicate the success they had from the 2018 season in 2019. After going 12-4 and making the playoffs in 2018, the Bears regressed to 8-8 and failed to reach the postseason.

Following their dismal campaign in 2019, the Bears are focused on bettering the roster for next season. The process of returning to the playoffs begins in free agency and extends into the 2020 NFL Draft.

Unfortunately for the Bears, they won’t own a first-round pick in the draft for the second-straight year. The Las Vegas Raiders own Chicago’s first-round pick due to the Khalil Mack trade that took place prior to the 2018 season.

Without a first-round pick, the Bears won’t be on the clock until the 43rd overall pick in the second round of the draft. There are quite a few directions that Chicago could go when they make a selection in the second round.

In light of that, here are two perfect options for the Bears with the No. 43 pick in the NFL Draft.

Zack Baun

Back in 2016, the Bears selected Leonard Floyd with the ninth overall pick in the NFL Draft. When he was taken, Chicago assumed that he’d develop into a premier edge rusher in the NFL. Instead, he’s yet to show consistent signs of being a formidable piece for their defense.

Despite his struggles, the Bears exercised Floyd’s fifth-year option for the 2020 season. Unless he puts together a Pro-Bowl caliber season, it’s safe to say that next season could be Floyd’s last in Chicago.

With Floyd failing to produce as expected, the Bears need to give Mack some help off of the edge. In the second round of the draft, Chicago should have their sights on a couple of names.

Among them, Zack Baun out of Wisconsin would be a decent fit for the Bears as an edge rusher that can play multiple positions on defense.

Yetur Gross-Matos

In a perfect world, the Bears have a first-round talent fall into their laps with the No. 43 pick in the second round. One of the best-case scenarios for Chicago is that Yetur Gross-Matos sneaks into day two of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Gross-Matos is a lengthy edge rusher that can create fits for opposing offenses. Aside from his length, Gross-Matos is explosive off of the ball and is athletic enough to play sideline-to-sideline.

In his final two seasons at Penn State, Gross-Matos notched 17 sacks, 34.5 tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles. If Gross-Matos develops in certain areas, he and Mack would be a nightmare for offensive coordinators to gameplan against.