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Bears Draft Wrap-Up

Reviewing every pick involved in Mack trade


The 2020 NFL Draft officially closed the book on the 2018 blockbuster trade that sent perennial Pro Bowl pass rusher Khalil Mack to the Bears from the Raiders.

The Bears sent a total of four draft choices to the Raiders and received two in return. Now that all six picks have been made, the following is a summary of the deal.

Bears received:
2020 second-round pick (tight end Cole Kmet at No. 43)
2020 seventh-round pick (offensive lineman Arlington Hambright at No. 226)

Analysis: Mack has performed exactly how the Bears envisioned, earning Pro Bowl honors in each of his two seasons in Chicago. In 2018, he recorded 12.5 sacks, 10 tackles-for-loss, six forced fumbles and 18 quarterback hits. He followed in 2019 with 8.5 sacks, eight tackles-for-loss, five forced fumbles and 14 quarterback hits. Mack's 21 sacks are the most by any player in his first two seasons with the Bears.

Kmet was considered by many as the best tight end in the draft. The 6-6, 262-pounder will be plugged into the 'Y' role with the Bears, a crucial position in coach Matt Nagy's offense. The Bears are also high on Hambright, an athletic left tackle at Colorado who projects more as a guard in the NFL because of his body type.

Bears traded away:
2019 first round (running back Josh Jacobs at No. 24 by Raiders)
2019 sixth round (cornerback Blessuan Austin at No. 196 by Jets)
2020 first round (cornerback Damon Arnette at No. 19 by Raiders)
2020 third round (receiver Bryan Edwards at No. 81 by Raiders)

Analysis: Jacobs ranked eighth in the NFL and first among rookies in rushing last season with 1,150 yards and seven touchdowns on 242 carries despite missing three games. He also caught 20 passes for 166 yards. Austin appeared in seven games with six starts for the Jets last season, recording 25 tackles.

History lesson
This year marked the eighth time in 85 NFL drafts that the Bears did not have a first-round selection. Here's a rundown of when they traded out of the first round and the details of those deals:

The Bears traded the No. 2 pick to the Packers in exchange for linebacker Lee Roy Caffey, running back Elijah Pitts and guard Bob Hyland. Green Bay chose defensive tackle Mike McCoy with the No. 2 selection.

On May 3, 1977, the Bears sent their 1978 first-round pick to the Browns in exchange for quarterback Mike Phipps. Cleveland traded the selection—which turned out to be No. 20—to the Los Angeles Rams, who chose running back Elvis Peacock.

The Bears dealt the No. 11 pick to the Seahawks in exchange for quarterback Rick Mirer and a fourth-round selection the Bears spent on running back Darnell Autry. Seattle traded the No. 11 choice to the Falcons, who took defensive back Michael Booker.

The Bears traded the No. 26 pick to the Bills in exchange for choices in the second and third rounds that they spent on safety Danieal Manning at No. 42 and defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek at No. 73, respectively. The Bills selected defensive tackle John McCargo at No. 26.

On April 2, 2009, the Bears sent their first-round picks in 2009 and 2010 to the Broncos as part of a blockbuster trade to acquire quarterback Jay Cutler. The Bears also traded quarterback Kyle Orton and a 2009 third-round pick and obtained a fifth-round choice they spent on receiver/return specialist Johnny Knox. The players selected with the three picks the Bears traded were defensive end Robert Ayers (No. 18 by the Broncos) and receiver Mike Wallace (No. 84 by the Steelers) in 2009 and tackle Anthony Davis (No. 11 by the 49ers) in 2010.

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