Aaron Lynch signing gives Chicago Bears draft flexibility

Bilal Nichols #98 of the Chicago Bears. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Bilal Nichols #98 of the Chicago Bears. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

In signing Aaron Lynch the Chicago Bears do not have any glaring holes entering the draft

The Aaron Lynch signing was not flashy, but it certainly was needed. One thing that I have noted recently doing mock drafts is that it was impossible to get past round four without a depth edge rusher.

With Leonard Floyd entering a contract year, and Kylie Fitts and Isaiah Irving as the only listed depth, the position was really lacking. All of a sudden you were forcing players, or passing on potential studs at other positions because you could not go any longer without filling that void. And if you did, it led to more reaching.

The Chicago Bears were not going to reach if someone was not there. That is what their free agency period was all about. They filled all of the holes they lost, and while they still have some longterm needs, they can go best player available throughout the draft.

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The team lost Joran Howard, but not only added Mike Davis, but the underrated Cordarelle Patterson. They lost Bryce Callahan, but Matt Nagy is talking as if they upgraded in the slot. Speaking of an upgrade, fans are crying an upgrade at least in the dollar-per-dollar play of HaHa Clinton-Dix compared to Adrian Amos.

Bryan Witzmann and Eric Kush step out and Ted Larsen steps in. Heck, they even signed two kickers.

This does not change anything. Running back, slot cornerback, kicker, safety and interior line remain needs. There just are not any of these sticking out as pressing over the others.

The Aaron Lynch signing was smart for a variety of reasons, mainly because he is likely going to contribute next year. However, an underlying addition of Lynch is solidifying the depth and taking away any biased based drafting because of needs.