Are the Chicago Bears thinking offense with their first round draft pick?
The answer to that question depends on whom you ask. After a successful free-agency period that saw the Chicago Bears gain three defensive starters, while retaining a fourth, they are in a good position. The Bears can select the best player available in the NFL draft. Not many teams can say that going into the draft.
Most pundits agree that the Bears have done well by themselves heading into the NFL draft. This includes Dan Durkin of CBS Chicago. Durkin believes that the Bears’ greatest need is in the secondary.
While that may ring true, there could be no player in the defensive backfield worth using the 11th pick on.
Without the additions of Danny Trevathan, Jerrell Freeman and Akiem Hicks, the Bears would be like most teams – drafting for need, not the best available. If a college prospect such as a quarterback with a top-5 grade were to fall to the Bears, who choose at 11, the team could ponder the selection.
Another option could open up for the Bears, and that would be to trade the pick.
Say that North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz was there at number 11. The Chicago Bears could draft him. They do have a need for a backup quarterback to learn the system employed by Bears’ head coach John Fox. With incumbent quarterback Jay Cutler entrenched at the position and coming off a solid season, the immediate need for a starter is not present. A trade partner could be found.
The Los Angeles Rams, who select five slots lower at 16, need a quarterback. In New York, the New York Jets have the 20th pick. They may be interested in making a move also. Anything can happen in the draft.
With the NFL draft less than a month away, the draft pundits are predicting which players will go where.
This year has no set player slated to be the number one pick. What we do know is that the Tennessee Titans have the top pick and they do not need a quarterback having drafted Marcus Mariota last season. Several websites have the Titans going with defense.
Walter Football is predicting that defensive back Jalen Ramsey will go to Tennessee.
CBS Sports has the Titans taking offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil number one overall.
It does not matter which mock draft you read, the Tennessee Titans are not choosing a QB. The first quarterback taken will probably be by the Cleveland Browns, who will pick second. After the Browns’ choice, there could be a massive run on defensive players with an exception of the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys may elect to go with Carson Wentz. Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones is rumored to be curious about the NDSU passer. Aside from the Cowboys, defense shall be a premium during the draft leading up to the Chicago Bears’ pick.
If the run on defensive players happens, the Bears may be able to choose from help on the front seven, secondary help or on the offensive line. The beauty is that the Bears have needs everywhere. Not necessarily immediate needs, but the need for upgrades.
There is an outcry for the Chicago Bears to acquire help on defense, but the offseason has seen a couple of key departures on offense. It is conceivable that the Bears can draft a skill position player such as a QB or a running back. One of the names that keeps getting linked to the Bears is Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Another name that keeps getting mentioned among the options for the Chicago Bears is Carson Wentz.
Speaking of the latter, it would be a mild surprise if Wentz were to fall past the Cowboys. If the San Francisco 49ers draft a quarterback, as one of the other teams in the market for a signal-caller, the passer they would select could be viewed as a reach. Teams typically keep their draft ideas pretty much close to the vest. Keep an eye on the 49ers, because what they do could have an impact on what the Bears do.
If San Francisco chooses to go with defense, a solid contributor on offense could fall to 11.
John Fox: Possible Bears' pass-rush help available via draft https://t.co/DeUNO7Wo4O— Jeff Dickerson (@DickersonESPN) March 23, 2016
That is a scenario that the Chicago Bears would want. They would have a bevy of options if the 49ers surprise people by going with the other side of the football.
As reported by the Sacramento Bee, a few defensive players are getting worked out by the 49er brass in the coming days. If that holds to be true, a couple of offensive linemen will slide as a defensive stalwart is taken off the board.
No one knows what will happen between now and the NFL draft. Not even the teams know what they are going to do. Therefore, to assume that the Chicago Bears are married to the idea of drafting a defensive player is not accepting the unpredictable nature of the draft. This year, anything can happen. The Bears could even draft a quarterback.
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