Doing a mock draft this early in the off-season is always tricky. The combine hasn’t happened yet and workouts have not taken place. Free agency has not happened. So here is a guess at the players the Bears may be targeting in the 2017 NFL Draft. Remember, this is only a guess.
The Chicago Bears have got a lot of holes to fill and can use both free agency and the draft to try to fill them. They have plenty of money to use in free agency to get some quality, experienced talent. What they do in free agency will affect what they do in the draft. So, a lot should be done in free agency, first, to try to fix this team.
When the dust settles from free agency, it will be time to focus solely on the draft. The Bears will have seven picks in the 2017 NFL Draft and will need every single one of them to help make themselves a contender in the next few seasons.
There are a lot of varying opinions on what positions the Bears need to address. Most will agree that quarterback and safety are at the top of the list. You can also throw in cornerback, offensive tackle and tight end. Wide receiver could also be a need depending on what happens with Alshon Jeffery.
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The Bears will attempt to take care of some of these needs in free agency. However, the draft is where they can find long-term talent they can develop. They could find a couple starters in the first three rounds and then find guys they can bring along in the later rounds. They need to play it smart and chose their talent wisely. It’s hard to recover when you make too many mistakes in a draft, especially early on.
General Manager Ryan Pace has had done some good in his first two drafts. He has hit on guys like Jordan Howard, Cody Whitehair and Adrian Amos. There have been, however, some guys that just haven’t worked out (yet). Kevin White is someone who comes to mind there.
This is a make or break year for the Bears. This draft will either help propel them forward and into possible playoff contention or set them back for a few more years. The time for the Bears is now.
The following is a full mock draft for all the picks the Bears have in the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft. Taken into account is what they need and the best player, at that position in the draft, to help fill that need. Comments are welcome.