The 2017 NFL Combine has ended and the picture for the players involved in the upcoming draft has become clearer. With free agency here and slim pickings at the safety position, the Bears will need to turn their attention to that position in this year’s draft. Can the Bears find a good safety early? Should they wait? Do they still need one?
The Chicago Bears signed former Houston Texan’s starter Quintin Demps in free agency hoping to help the safety position. Demps has been in the league since 2008 and while he had a decent season last year, he is not getting any younger. He’s a temporary solution to a larger problem.
It might have been the dream of many Bears’ fans to get Kansas City Chief safety Eric Berry. But, it wasn’t meant to be as Berry signed a huge contract extension with Kansas City, taking him off the market. With Demps not being a long-term answer, and not too many other prospects left in free agency, the Bears will want to turn to the 2017 NFL to help solve their problems at safety.
The safety position has been a contentious one for several years in Chicago. Ever since Mike Brown departed, the Bears have not been settled at both spots. Adrian Amos came along and helped to at least stabilize i,t but he is not a consistent playmaker. He’s not the “lights out” guy you look for at the position. Chicago needs something more both at free and strong safety.
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But what can they do to help shore up that position? Is the “savior” going to be found in the draft? Is the draft going to be the best place to find a long-term answer at the position?
After looking at some of the top safeties coming into the 2017 NFL Draft, this writer has come up with a few that should interest the Bears. There are six safety prospects, two in the first, two in the second and two in the third round that Chicago could (and should) be interested in. See which one(s) fits the Bears best.