What does the Chicago Bears linebacker depth chart look like?
Now that the NFL draft is over there will not be many moves made amongst the depth chart. The Chicago Bears did not have many draft picks this. year, but did have plenty of UDFA adds that have a chance to shake up the roster.
Did they sign any at inside linebacker? Are there any movers and shakers at the position or is the team going to run back the same group for the most part?
Roquan Smith got on the field early and was an impact player. Now, he will have a full offseason to build on what he started. Smith should slowly take over the play-calling duties, and by the end of the season, he should clearly be the lead backer of this group.
Trevathan called plays last season as Smith got adjusted to the NFL. He is still a vital piece of this defense. However, he is a free agent at the end of this season. His contract negotiations will likely wait until next offseason.
Kwiatkowski saw his starting job come and go rather quickly with the emergence of Smith. Kwiatkoski brings special teams prowess and low-end starter quality which is valuable in an LB3. However, he is a free agent next offseason as well.
Iggy was drafted for his special team’s prowess and to at least let the Bears feel comfortable if one of the two above him walk next offseason. However, he is a bit undersized, even in today’s NFL and injuries had an impact on his rookie year.
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Pierre-Louis was signed after the draft. That certainly will not guarantee him a roster spot, but his special teams value is going to get him consideration. If the Bears keep five inside linebackers, he does appear to be a frontrunner, with a career of strong special teams play, and familiarity with Nagy and his staff, coming from Kansas City.
Woods is an undersized linebacker or an oversized safety. Either way, he will have strong special teams competition ahead of him.
Thurman signed from the CFL this offseason. He will have to have a strong camp to gain any attention in this group.