While it looks like the Chicago Bears did a pretty decent job in the 2011 NFL draft, and used a first round pick for the first time in what feels like forever, the Bears could still use a couple of things. They still need a big play receiver, more help along the offensive line, and depending on who we talk to a better option at backup QB. They did of course draft Idaho QB Nathan Enderle, but I would like to see a veteran backing up Jay Cutler, who I do not put a lot of faith in to begin with.
On paper this team looks pretty good, and they made a somewhat surprising run to the NFC championship last season. However, they do not have the receivers that fit Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz’s system. Sure Johnny Know and Devin Hester have big play ability but they perform poorly against press coverage. This team still needs a wide out that can open up the field for Cutler.
Despite using the 29th overall pick on OT Gabe Carimi I still see a lot of holes in the Bears offensive line. Olin Kreutz will be 34 and may leave in free agency. The best bet to replace him would be Roberto Garza but he is inexperienced. Edwin Williams is also a possibility but he did not play well at Guard last year. This team could one, if not two, interior O linemen once free agency starts.
On top of that I see holes in the Bears LB corps. When the season ended they only had three under contract for 2011 and even with the addition of JT Thomas via the draft depth is a big concern here.
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