It’s apparent that the Chicago Bears drafted with the future in mind. Their selections don’t reflect those of a team looking to compete any time soon. Rather, they picked players with high upsides, despite how long it might take them to develop.
With that in mind, it’s unlikely that most of their rookie class will start on Week 1. However, anything can happen between now and September 10th. Let’s look at which Bears draft picks are most likely to start right away.
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Honorable Mention: Freddie Stevenson, FB
With Paul Lasike gone, Freddie Stevenson is currently the only fullback on Chicago’s roster. If the team chooses to utilize a fullback in their offensive scheme, then he’ll likely make the team. We’re looking at draft picks, though, not undrafted free agents. That disqualifies him from this list.
5. Tarik Cohen, RB
The Bears didn’t draft Tarik Cohen with the intention of making him their starting running back. Instead, they chose him to be a complementary piece to Jordan Howard. He will likely play a role similar to that of Darren Sproles: a receiver out of the backfield with special teams value who doesn’t get that many carries. Barring injury, Cohen won’t be the lead back for the Bears any time soon.
4. Jordan Morgan, OL
Jordan Morgan has potential to be a decent starter some time down the line. However, now is not that time. Kyle Long and Josh Sitton have the starting guard spots safe, and Eric Kush appears to be the top backup at the position. It would take injury and a strong camp on Morgan’s part for him to start for the Bears in Week 1.
3. Adam Shaheen, TE
It’s very likely that Adam Shaheen will be the Bears’ starting tight end in the first week…in 2018. While the ceiling is the roof for Baby Gronk, it will likely take him a while to adjust to the NFL game. Besides, Chicago is in good hands with Zach Miller and Dion Sims getting most of the playing time for the time being. Expect the Bears to slowly make Shaheen a more prominent part of their offense, as opposed to rushing his development.
2. Mitch Trubisky, QB
Mitch Trubisky starting right away isn’t a crazy possibility, but it’s unlikely. Mike Glennon is the quarterback of the “now” for the Bears – his contract is proof of this. Trubisky will likely start a handful of games this year, but don’t go betting money that he’ll win Rookie of the Year.
1. Eddie Jackson, S
Eddie Jackson was a steal for the Bears in the fourth round. Although it was confusing to see them wait to address safety until Day 3, they made a good pick when they did so. Jackson will likely be thrown right into the fire and compete for a starting job with Adrian Amos. With a strong training camp and preseason, the Alabama alum could realistically start at safety right away.
– Jacob Infante is a National Editor for cover32 and also covers the Chicago Bears. Which rookie do you think is the most likely to start right away? Let him know on Twitter @jacobinfante24.