By Bryan Perez
ESPN’s Todd McShay published his second 2018 NFL Mock Draft of the season Tuesday, and he stuck with the trending narrative around the Chicago Bears’ likely first-round pick.
McShay sent the Bears Alabama WR Calvin Ridley at No. 8 overall.
The Bears desperately need playmakers on the outside for second-year QB Mitchell Trubiskyand can’t count on Kevin White to stay healthy. Ridley is the clear No. 1 wideout in this class, and while I don’t think he’s a true No. 1 NFL wide receiver, he’s much better than his stats in a run-heavy Alabama offense indicate. Denzel Ward would be another consideration here.
Ridley is quickly becoming the popular choice for most national media guys, and the pick does make sense. The entire offseason has been shaped around Mitchell Trubisky so far and it’s logical to assume Chicago will target this year’s best wide receiver in Round 1.
But the bell for free agency has yet to go off, and when it does, the Bears are expected to be in play for the top-tier receivers. Players like Allen Robinson (Jaguars), Jarvis Landry (Dolphins) and Sammy Watkins (Rams) will all be in Ryan Pace’s crosshairs if they’re allowed to hit the open...