Chicago Bears Draft Talk: Top Three Positions of Need
The NFL Draft for the 2019-2020 season is fast approaching, That initial free agency rush has subsided, yet multiple teams are left with major holes left to fill. One of those being the Chicago Bears of the NFC North. This team is looking to build on the success of last year and establish dominance in the division. They have been relatively quiet through much of the offseason. The biggest noises have been the signing of Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and trade of running-back Jordan Howard to Philly. Bears GM Ryan Pace has managed to clear up a good deal of cap room by allowing contributing players to walk and restructuring Khalil Mack‘s signing bonus. With all that money to play with, let us take a look at where and who Chicago should address in the draft.
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1. Tail Back
- Head Coach Matt Nagy runs an offensive scheme that favors quick, versatile backs. This doesn’t bode well for downhill runners, hence the trade of Jordan Howard. Nagy’s system requires athletic backs who can help spread the field as a receiver and have quick cutting abilities. There are a couple of backs available in the draft this year who fit the mold. However, the Bears do not make their first pick until Round 3.
1A: Justice Hill – Oklahoma State: It really is sad that this guy wasn’t featured more in the offense at OSU. He seems to be an exact fit for Nagy’s system. Blazing quick speed, ability to change direction and is a very good receiver. He could be an excellent compliment to Tarik Cohen and newly acquired Mike Davis. Hill has good first step quickness and a nice burst to get to the second level. His feet are good and he has the ability to change direction in short spaces. He measures in at 5’9″ and 198 lbs but runs with good knee bend and behind his pads. He also posses patience that may make him more valuable than where he gets taken this year. Patient runners make average offensive lines look better; just ask Pittsburgh and Le’Veon Bell.
1B: Miles Sanders – Penn State: As a senior Sanders averaged 5.8 yds/carry racking up 1,274 yards and nine touchdowns. He has really good speed and a decent build, standing 5’10” tipping the scales at 211. This is a very athletic runner and with a really nice cutting ability. His recorded 40 yard dash time was a solid 4.49. Coming in projected as a day 2 pick, Sanders could be a bargain for the Bears should they take a back with their third round pick this year.
2. Offensive Line
- I would love to be able to pick one certain position along the offensive line for Chicago. I’m sure Ryan Pace would as well. The Bears have immediate depth issues across the entire line though. Seeing as how they don’t have a selection until the 87th overall pick, look for them to go for depth along the line. That is if they decide not to go the “best available” route.
2A: Connor McGovern – Penn State: McGovern is a strong run blocker with the versatility to play Guard or Center. His measurables are respectable and he has good size. Standing 6’5″ and weighing 308 lbs he is no small dude. Reportedly he interviewed well at the combine but didn’t run a 40 yd dash. Projected as a mid-round guy he should still be available day 2.
2B: Trey Pipkins – Sioux Falls: Standing 6’7″ and 309 lbs this guy is a monster. Great length and solid footwork in the East-West Shrine Game show he could play Tackle at the next level. Obviously, he will see a huge jump in competition from what he is accustomed to. With time to develop and play as a backup, he could eventually be a starter in the NFL. He is projected as a low second to high 3rd round pick. He very well may be available for Chicago when their clock starts up day 2.
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- It’s a position of need for many teams this year. With a lack of depth as well as A1 Starters on the roster at the position, Corner is a need the Bears will look to fill. With the departure of Vic Fangio to the Broncos, Chicago will be installing a new defensive playbook. It will be equal proving grounds for each DB vets and rookies alike.
3A. Jamel Dean – Auburn: A solid cover corner, Dean is also one tough SOB. Playing through pain and doing it well are benchmarks of professional players. He is a press man Corner with good size and speed. A projected mid-round selection due to some stiffness in his movement he is a player who could come in and contribute early as he develops into a starter.
3B. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson – Florida: This dude is skilled at multiple positions in the secondary. He can play Safety or Slot Corner and do either of them well. Doubtful he will still be around when the Bears get to make their selections unless they trade up on day 2.
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