NFL Mock Draft 2021: 2 rounds post-free agency first wave

The Denver Broncos select Trey Lance in the first round of this 2021 NFL mock draft (Photo by Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
The Denver Broncos select Trey Lance in the first round of this 2021 NFL mock draft (Photo by Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Rashod Bateman, 2021 NFL mock draft, Patriots
Rashod Bateman, 2021 NFL Mock Draft prospect (Photo by Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports) /

2021 NFL Mock Draft: 20th pick

WR. Rashod Bateman. 57. Pick Analysis. Minnesota. 20. player. Scouting Report

Chicago Bears key additions so far

  • QB Andy Dalton
  • CB Desmond Trufant
  • DL Angelo Blackson

The Chicago Bears have signed Andy Dalton to be their starting quarterback for the 2021 season, but that doesn’t mean things can’t still change between now and the 2021 NFL Draft.

The Bears’ greatest hope is to trade for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, which would cost them a bounty of picks and players to get done.

In the meantime, Chicago is going to have to make sure it keeps plenty of assets to be able to entice Seattle with a trade package if anything has a chance of getting done.

If the Bears don’t end up getting Russell Wilson and they keep their draft picks in 2021 and beyond, they have to find a way to surround Andy Dalton with the most talent possible.

They franchise tagged Allen Robinson and still went after Kenny Golladay. If wide receiver is still a priority for this team, the 2021 NFL Draft class is loaded at that position and could bring a number of players that could contribute from day one.

Although they might not be exact comps in terms of play style, Rashod Bateman could be this year’s version of Justin Jefferson, being criminally underrated through the pre-draft process and ultimately playing better than just about any rookie in the league.

Bateman is an excellent route runner with size, speed, and strong hands at the catch point. He could be a huge asset for Andy Dalton if that’s the man under center for the Bears in 2021.