Draft Review: Bears Address Needs, Add Depth

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(670 The Score) The Bears completed their sixth draft under the direction of general manager Ryan Pace without any drama Saturday.

The Bears made seven selections over the past three days, addressing voids with the headlining selections of tight end Cole Kmet and cornerback Jaylon Johnson in the second round. They added depth at other positions as well and chose not to select a developmental quarterback.

Here's a quick breakdown of each of the Bears' picks in the NFL Draft.

What to know: The Bears made Kmet the first tight end taken in this draft. A native of Lake Barrington, Kmet grew up a Bears fan.

Expectations: When Kmet's name was still on the board, the Bears passed on a number of other talented prospects and declined to trade down. They drafted him to be an immediate starter at the Y tight end position.

What to know: A standout for the Utes, Johnson likely had his draft stock fall because of health concerns. He underwent shoulder surgery in March, but Pace expressed confidence in his medicals.

Expectations: The Bears have a void at cornerback after releasing veteran Prince Amukamara in a salary cap-clearing move. Johnson will compete for that starting job, and he should be expected to win the role.

What to know: Gipson is coming off a senior season in which he posted 15 tackles for a loss and eight sacks. He likes to study Bears edge rusher Khalil Mack, he said.

Expectations: The Bears have a strong starting outside linebacker tandem in Mack and Robert Quinn, but Gipson should factor into the rotation -- perhaps as the primary reserve off the edge.

What to know: Vildor was an all-Sun Belt selection who made an impression on NFL teams when he performed at the Senior Bowl in January. 

Expectations: It will be a major jump for Vildor going from the Sun Belt to the NFL, but he will get the opportunity to develop under the watch of Bears defensive backs coach Deshea Townsend.

What to know: Mooney clocked a 4.38 time in the 40-yard dash in the NFL Combine and believes that mark could've been better. He will need to add size to his 5-foot-10, 176-pound frame.

Expectations: The Bears didn't draft Mooney to be an instant impact player, but coach Matt Nagy loves speed in his offense. Mooney could earn some sort of role in 2020.

What to know: Hambright transferred from the junior college level to Oklahoma State, then played his graduate transfer year at Colorado in 2019.

Expectations: The Bears have a lot of faith in new offensive line coach Juan Castillo. Hambright will get the opportunity to develop under Castillo's watch.

What to know: A four-year starter at Tennessee State, Simmons was drafted with the 227th pick that was sent back to the Bears from the Eagles as part of their trade up for Mooney.

Expectations: Like Hambright, Simmons will get the opportunity to develop under Castillo.​

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.