Despite not signing any top-tier free agents (unless you count Mike Glennon as one), the Chicago Bears have been active in free agency. They have plugged plenty of holes by giving mostly thrifty contracts to high-upside players.
However, the Bears still have a few needs. Let’s take a look at the five biggest holes on their roster.
Although many think that the signing of Mike Glennon makes him the answer at quarterback, this is highly unlikely. I talked about this at great length in a previous article of mine. Glennon’s contract basically states that he will start in 2017 while a rookie sits behind him.
The Bears still need long-term security at the position. They could definitely pick a quarterback in the first round if they wanted to. If they don’t feel like choosing one at No. 3, they could trade back, pick a quarterback and gain an extra pick in the process. Nevertheless, they still need a solution, and they should find it in the draft.
Chicago has been active in the cornerback free agency market, signing both Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper. While the two are both solid additions, they’re not going to be No. 1-caliber corners for the team. The Bears will need to find someone in this year’s draft who can be that.
Luckily, the 2017 draft class is stacked at cornerback. In my two-round mock draft (stay tuned for that tomorrow), I have the Bears landing their franchise quarterback and picking up a very talented cornerback. It would be foolish of them not to pick up a corner in the first three rounds with the available group of players.
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The Bears signed Quintin Demps to play alongside Adrian Amos, which was a pretty good move. That will only patch things up for so long, though.
Demps will be turning 32 this summer, so he’s only a short-term solution. In addition to that, Amos is coming off of a down year. Those things could make the Bears look after both a safety in this year’s draft. Unless they draft Jamal Adams or Malik Hooker early, they could use a late Day 2 pick on one.
4. Wide Receiver
For the first time in six years, the Bears will be without a top-tier wide receiver. When Alshon Jeffery left for Philadelphia, they realized that they had to make as many moves as possible to fill the need.
They’ve done a good job so far, adding Markus Wheaton and Kendall Wright, but they could still use one more weapon. Don’t be surprised if the Bears pick a wide receiver in the first four rounds of the draft.
5. Offensive Tackle
Offensive tackle isn’t as big of a need as a lot of people think. Although the Bears’ tackle combo isn’t as good as their guard tandem, it’s not all that bad. Nonetheless, the team’s interest in Ricky Wagner and Riley Reiff during free agency indicates that they’re looking to get better at the position.
This year’s tackle group isn’t all that impressive. I would recommend that they add depth in later rounds, but they already found that in the form of free agent signee Tom Compton. Chicago may be best suited waiting a year before finding their long-term answer at tackle.