How will the Chicago Bears cornerback depth chart play out?
Now that the NFL draft is over it is time to start looking to rookie camps, OTAs and training camp. The 90-man roster is now set so the time to speculate about who will be in what spot, and who may make the 53-man roster is here. In this series, we will go position by position to project the potential depth chart of the Bears come August. This edition will focus on cornerbacks.
1. Prince Amukamara
Amukamara has bounced around a bit in the past two years and has now wound up in Chicago. Still, when he is healthy he is a capable cornerback in the NFL. What is valuable about Amukamara is that he can play outside and in the slot, which gives him the ability to shadow most wide receivers if needed.
2. Kyle Fuller
Fuller has a lot going against him right now. The last time he played was in 2015 and even that was a regression of his strong 2014 season. He missed the entire sixteen season which was also the first season of a new coaching staff and defensive coordinator. The team added some depth at the position and declined his fifth-year option, making him a free agent next year. Still, something about Fuller and his play says that he bounces back strong this year and forces the Bears into a tough decision. He may be lower to start camp in the Bears eyes but can win back a starting spot this summer.
3. Crevon LeBlanc
LeBlanc played on the outside and in the slot at some points last season and held up rather well. With Amukamara, LeBlanc becomes a better fit in the defense as all of the versatility can be highlighted.
4. Marcus Cooper
Cooper was signed onto a three-year this offseason, so the team clearly has an intention for him. He would be the player that would slot in for Fuller if Fuller is not able to hold his own. However, when looking at the two, the nod has to go to Fuller. Cooper is now on his third team in five years, and last year was the player most picked on in the Cardinals defense. Cooper has the size and now has experience, but he will have to compete and earn his job this summer.
5. Deiondre Hall
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Hall was drafted just last season but will have to fight to earn his spot. When injury hit the Bears depth chart last season it was LeBlanc Bryce Callahan, and Jacoby Glenn filling in, not Hall. Then, Hall got arrested this offseason. He had better be ready to fight, and potentially see the field next year if the Bears move away from Fuller.
6. Bryce Callahan
Callahan ended up making ten starts for the Bears last season. However, Callahan making 10 starts is part of the reason why the Bears were picking in the round they did. Callahan is a bit small and limited, but he can man the slot.
7. Sherrick McManis
McManis has been a special teams player and that is how he will keep a roster spot. However, with additions to the team, it is tough to see him earning a spot.
8. BW Webb
Webb has bounced around as a depth player for a few teams now. He is undersized, but has played special teams and could beat out a player such as Callahan.
9. Johnthan Banks
Banks has bounced around and even started for the Bears for two games last season. However, that is another ode to why the Bears were picking third overall and he should not be looked at as a legitimate starter.
10. Rashaad Reynolds
Reynolds spent last season on the Lions practice squad and will likely attempt to do the same in Chicago this season.