There’s no reason to judge draft classes in the middle of the season, but Bear rookies have definitely produced mixed results so far. While six of their seven draft picks have seen playing time, some have started while others have struggled to find playing time.
Their top two picks, strict Cole Kmet and cornerback Jaylon Johnson are perfect examples. Kmet had limited success, but was not much on target in passing games and is still behind veteran Jimmy Graham in targets and clashes. Meanwhile, Johnson has started every game for the Bears and although he’s been beaten frequently, he’s been doing very well so far in 2020 and looks set to be another building block for defense.
The same ups and downs can be seen in the team’s fifth round trio pick. Outside midfielder Trevis Gipson has only played two games and has been off to a great start over the other eight and cornerback Kindle Vildor has contributed mainly to special teams. Darnell Mooney’s wide receiver, however, has become one of the WR2’s key weapons to attack and de facto. He is second in line to receive yards and has been a serious threat.
The Bears’ seventh round offensive linemen also had their ups and downs. Arlington Hambright started the game for the Bears and did quite well at left guard. Lachavious Simmons, however, has been in the training squad for most of the season and missed the one game he was supposed to activate due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Again, it’s too early to judge anything about this class, but there are good moments and moments that aren’t so great. Hopefully as the season progresses, players like Gipson and Vildor can see more playing time while Kmet gets more involved in the offense.