Yes, the 2016 NFL season isn’t quite over yet but for the Bears, it pretty much looks like it is. They aren’t going to make the playoffs. What they are going to get is a pretty high pick in the draft. With a pick that high, they need to do something valuable with it.
There are several different positions that the Bears could use some help with. In fact, nearly every position on the team is in need of some kind of help. There has been so much attrition with injury that it’s going to be difficult to see who just might be back next year. And how will these returning injured players perform? Will they be able to play at 100%? Those are key questions.
Chicago needs more help than perhaps even they realize. They are going to have to work hard in free agency to pick up some of the talent they are lacking but for a long-term effect, the draft would be a great place for them to go and get some assistance.
General Manager Ryan Pace will be going into his third draft and hasn’t quite found that impact player that most find in their drafts. The jury is still out on Kevin White and Leonard Floyd is getting better but has been stunted by injuries. The best player out of Pace’s drafts, so far, may be Cody Whitehair.
This will be a make or break draft for Pace. If he can’t get several starters (in the near or long-term) out of this draft, he may be a “bust” as a GM. The time for Pace and the Bears is now.
So, what positions are the most in need of help? What positions should they fill through the draft as opposed to free agency?
Let’s take a look at the top five needs for the Bears in the 2017 NFL Draft. These are listed in no particular order. They are easily the five most important areas the Bears could fill in next year’s draft.