Chicago Bears Draft Talk: Five possible players at Eight
When the Chicago Bears entered the 2018 offseason, they did so with a new regime. New Head Coach, Matt Nagy along with GM Ryan Pace were very busy in free agency. Bring in players like Taylor Gabriel, Allen Robinson, Trey Burton, and Chase Daniel. However, that is not the jest of it. It is now draft season and the 2018 NFL Draft is less than 2 weeks away. The Bears sit in the eighth spot and have some needs. They will also have some options. Here are five possibilities that could be available when the Chicago Bears are on the clock. (Players on this list are not in specific order.)
I have seen many of mock drafts in which Nelson has fallen to the Bears. Do I think he will be available? He should not be. Nonetheless, the Bears could have the possibility of drafting the best offensive lineman in this draft. If Nelson makes it to eight, look for the Bears to jump on protecting Mitchell Trubisky or years to come.
Edmunds is probably the best defensive player in this draft. Outside of Bradley Chubb, of course. The Chicago Bears need an inside presence and the Hokie would bring just that. Edmunds has had tremendous production over the past two seasons at VT. Bringing that to the Bears would bring an immediate improvement to their defense.
Smith is an intelligent, athletic outside linebacker. He is probably one of the best cover LBs in this draft. Selecting him with the eighth pick, the Bears would bring in a top talent who may not have even tapped into his full potential. He is almost like having an extra CB on the field.
Landry played in just nine games for BC in 2017. Although his time was minimal, his output was high. He had 38 stops, 8.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, and broke up two passes. Landry has a special ability to dip around the edge and get the QB. His size is less than ideal as an ideal run stopper in this draft. However, that can with work and time in the NFL.
Ward is a special talent on defense. This kid has elite footwork that could bring him inside to cover slot receivers. Something that the Chicago Bears need to go along with Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller. The Bears were a top 10 pass defense last season. Nonetheless, bringing in a player like Ward would improve that. Possibly putting the Bears in the top five.
While the Chicago Bears are making changes they are still a year or so away from the return to the playoffs. I like the aggressive free agent plays. In fact, giving weapons to a young QB is always a positive move. Now, giving him some protection or a defense that can shorten the field will make a world of difference.
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