What Chicago Bears Draft Choice Tells Us About Idea of 2018

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With the #8 Overall Pick, the Chicago Bears select…

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A Cornerback

Possible Players: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Josh Jackson, Denzel Ward

Likely Status in 2018: Starting Outside CB

What does it say about the Bears:

A cornerback at number 8 shows that the Bears are serious about plugging holes on their roster. With the departure of Prince Amukamara fairly certain (unless he lowers the years and/or money on his salary demands), the Bears are in desperate need of another starting cornerback.  They may also be on the hunt for an upgrade at the nickel position, but they are needing an outside player for sure.  Raiders cast-off David Amerson has been linked to the Bears, but drafting a corner here stakes claim to the Bears wanting to build a top unit on at least one side of the ball and then develop from there.

The Good:

If the Bears are to have any chance of repeating their defensive success from last year, they are going to need two starting corners who will allow players like Akiem Hicks and Leonard Floyd to get home. Getting a corner who can consistently turn receivers to the outside and who can also then turn and run with them to ensure that the defense doesn’t get burned is critical to ensuring that the defense doesn’t take a serious step backwards in 2018.

The Bad:

By not getting a wide receiver, the Bears are risking their offense’s ability to move the ball. They will, at this point, be gambling on either a pre-injured player, a player who didn’t show enough to earn a second contract, or a draft project who is going to have to learn to run routes at the NFL level to produce well enough and constantly enough to power the passing game.  While we might enjoy seeing the defense having a serious increase in takeaways, those takeaways are virtually meaningless if the Bears can’t do anything with the ball once they get it.