The Chicago Bears 2018 Draft Needs

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The Bears have two talented players who are starters at the outside linebacker position in Leonard Floyd and Pernell McPhee. But the history of injuries with these two, and with some of the depth players, warrants some attention here. The Bears may choose to look for a starter to take over when McPhee leaves or gets injured. Perhaps they could look for some depth. Remember that Willie Young landed on injured reserve this year. Sam Acho isn’t getting any younger and is on a one-year contract. Will he even be back in 2018?

Depth will be needed.

The Bears could look for a pass rushing outside linebacker early in the draft perhaps even as early as the first round. But let’s say the Bears are smart and decide to get a good wide receiver with that first round pick. Now, they can take a pass-rushing linebacker in the second or third round of the draft.

Some guys they may be interested in include Boston College’s Harold Landry, Missouri’s Marcell Frazier, and Ohio State’s Sam Hubbard. Without seeing anything from these guys regarding workouts or their combine numbers, their on the field play should interest Chicago.

But will the Bears’ bite?

The depth the Bears have at outside linebacker is concerning and needs some attention. If they can’t get some added depth in free agency, then they will look towards the draft for help. We have seen what injuries can do to Chicago’s pass rush. If they have a stable of solid pass rushers available at outside linebacker, their rush won’t drop off as much. With a stable pass rush they will be able to play better defense.

This is a big need for the Bears in 2018 and the Bears need to address it.