Bears NFL Draft Picks, Team Needs & First Round Betting Odds
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Bears Draft Needs
- QB: After the failed Nick Foles experiment and Mitch Trubisky gone to snowier pastures, it’s safe to say that the team should look to this year’s draft for QB help. I don’t believer even Andy Dalton thinks he is the Bears’ long-term solution at quarterback, but his veteran presence will help whomever they eventually draft.
- WR: Darnell Mooney showed promise in the second half of the 2020 season, but the Bears are still thin after him and Allen Robinson on the wide receiver depth chart. It wouldn’t hurt for them to make a move in the draft for a receiver to help their anemic passing game, which tallied the 11th-fewest yards per game in the NFL (228.4).
- CB: Chicago’s pass defense was slightly above average and allowed 231.6 yards per game, but the Bears will need to replace cornerback Kyle Fuller, who left via free agency.
- OL: The Bears’ pass protection was middle-of-the-pack last season, allowing 2.2 sacks per game. They could use an upgrade at offensive tackle.
by Chris Raybon
- QB: When confronted with the question of whether to start a 34-year-old Dalton or 32-year-old Foles, the only correct answer is “neither.”
- WR: The Bears figure to play a lot of 2TE sets with Cole Kmet and Jimmy Graham, but they still need someone to take the pressure off Robinson on the outside. Mooney caught 61 passes as a rookie, but he’s a 176-pound fifth-round pick who averaged just 10.3 yards per reception. Anthony Miller has regressed since his 2018 rookie year and could be traded.
- G: UDFA Alex Bars graded out as a bottom-25th percentile guard last season, so the Bears need a starting-caliber player there to allow Cody Whitehair and German Ifedi to play their natural positions of center and right tackle, respectively.
- LB: Danny Trevathan got destroyed in coverage last season, allowing the third-most yards (604) and the second-highest yards per reception (13.1) among 99 qualified linebackers. At age 30, he posted easily the lowest PFF grade of his career (39.9), and the Bears should be looking to decrease his role after he played 78% of the defensive snaps.
- CB: After losing top cornerback Fuller, the Bears are left with second-year man Jaylon Johnson, who graded out in the 33rd-percentile at the position, and veteran Desmond Trufant, who posted an abysmal second-percentile grade. Behind them are Day 3 talents (Duke Shelley, Kindle Victor, Xavier Crawford) and veterans who didn’t play a snap last season (Artie Burns, Teez Tabor).
- S: Eddie Jackson’s PFF grade dropped from 93.2 in 2018 to 67.0 in 2019 to 59.8 last season, representing a fall from First-Team All-Pro to below average at his position. With Tashaun Gipson not re-signed, Jackson is still the best safety on the roster, which is a concern.
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