The Chicago Bears are winless since the bye and are riding a five-game losing streak entering Week 14’s matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, but the team’s draft position hasn’t improved at all.
When it comes to looking at the NFL Draft, the top-six remains unchanged because the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts – much like the Bears – continue to stack losses.
- Cleveland Browns (0-12)
- New York Giants (2-10)
- San Francisco 49ers (2-10)
- Denver Broncos (3-9)
- Indianapolis Colts (3-9)
- CHICAGO BEARS (3-9)
- Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-8)
- Cincinnati Bengals (5-7)
- Arizona Cardinals (5-7)
According to 12,800 simulations, the Bears have a 20 percent chance at landing the No. 3 pick and a 16 percent shot at the No. 2 selection, so don’t completely abandon hope of the team jumping up the draft board before season’s end. As it stands, the Bears also own the 37th, 102nd, 108th, 133rd, 164th, and 198th picks in the upcoming draft. However, they could lose pick No. 198 as a condition of their trade with the Los Angeles Chargers to acquire wide receiver Dontrelle Inman.
The Bengals and Cardinals are two of five teams with 5-7 records, which means the top-10 is far from decided. It would take an unforeseen season-ending four-game winning streak for the Bears to fall out of the top-10, but a crazy stretch of success to close the season could drop the team to 13th. But based on their recent play, that kind of run is out of the question.
In any case, Tankathon’s most recent mock draft update has Chicago choosing wide receiver Courtland Sutton, a 6-foot-4-inch, 218-pound standout who has caught 138 passes, gained 2,263 receiving yards, and hauled in 22 touchdown receptions in his last two seasons at SMU.
The Bears definitely need to make upgrades at receiver, so I don’t imagine this is the last time we’ll see Sutton’s name tied to Chicago in the weeks and months leading up to the draft.