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Chicago Bears Draft Needs – A. Haage

The Bears have some holes to fill as all teams this upcoming season. After a very disappointing season last year, the Bears are shaking up the roster. The Bears finished 8-8 in 2019 after hoping to reach the next level after a first round exit in 2018. The Bears were unable to match their magical 2018 (12-4) season where they ranked 9th in points per game. The Bears offense ranked 29th in points per game (17.5) the following season, and called for some major changes. This upcoming season, there figures to be more of an urgency in the locker room, especially at the QB position. Let’s break down some transactions as of 4/6/2020.

Notable, new acquisitions so far include; QB Nick Foles, DE Robert Quinn, TE Jimmy Graham, CB Artie Burns, and OL Germain Ifedi.
Notable players that were released are CB Prince Amukamara and OLB/DE Leonard Floyd, and Haha Clinton-Dix signed with Dallas.

Over Ryan Pace’s time as GM, the Bears complete roster has been pretty solid, especially the defense. Trading for Khalil Mack, drafting Eddie Jackson, Roquan Smith, James Daniels, Bilal Nichols and Anthony Miller, and signing (and extending) Kyle Fuller, Prince Amukamara, Danny Trevathan, Eddie Goldman and Allen Robinson II have been Pace’s most impactful moves.

This season, the Bears seem to have few, but important holes to fill. The QB problem has already seemed to be dealt with for the time being, and about a billion TE’s (9 to be exact) sure stands out. But let’s dig deeper.

After the loss of veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara, the Bears secondary is very top heavy. With top-notch DB’s in Kyle Fuller and Eddie Jackson, the rest of the secondary fizzles out. New signee and former first round pick of the Steelers, Artie Burns will look to prove himself on a one year contract, and Buster Skrine returning after being a downgrade at nickel CB compared to Bryce Callahan from 2018. I predict the Bears to select 3-4 DB’s in this draft out of their 7 selections.

The rest of the defense is already elite as is. Khalil Mack, Roquan Smith, Danny Trevathan, Robert Quinn, Akiem Hicks, and Eddie Goldman are as good as they get on any NFL roster.

Now for the other side of the ball. I would say the Bears might draft a QB in the later rounds, but I think they are pretty much all set there (even if it might be a little murky). The focus of the draft should be the offensive line. The Bears offense fell apart last year and they need to hit the reset button, and that starts in the trenches. After the loss of Kyle Long (retired); Cody Whitehair, and James Daniels are good and young. Leaving Charles Leno, Bobby Massie, and Germain Ifedi as the question marks. Nagy’s creativity fails to succeed without a steady o-line to fall back on. We have seen the success of Nagy in 2018 when he won COY and we have seen the failures in 2019. The o-line was horrible in 2019 and it showed. Mitch Trubisky was great in 2018, and flopped in 2019. The o-line was no help. The Bears should use one of their second round picks on their o-line.

The position groups seem to be pretty solid as of right now with the RB’s being David Montgomery who is entering his second year and speedy Tarik Cohen complimenting him in the passing game. The WR corps can prove to be a very underrated group. Allen Robinson II was fantastic last year, with Anthony Miller gaining traction, and Riley Ridley entering his second year the Bears can open up some eyeballs this year. There are NINE, I repeat NINE TE’s as of right now with new acquisition Jimmy Graham, Trey Burton, and Adam Shaheen highlighting the group.

The Bears have 7 picks this season despite not having a first or third rounder. The main event will come on Day 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft with picks #43 and #50, and the next pick comes in round 5 (#163) Here are my predictions for the first 3 picks for the Chicago Bears in 2020’s virtual draft.

ROUND 2 PICK 43 (from LAV): CB Bryce Hall (VIR)
ROUND 2 PICK 50: OL Prince Tega Wanogho (AUB)
ROUND 5 PICK 163: OL Shane Lemieux (ORE)

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