The Chicago Bears drafted a Georgia Southern cornerback with their fifth-round pick
Most fans would not have been surprised at the start of the Chicago Bears draft. A team stressing for tight ends added a tight end. After moving on from Prince Amukamara, they added the perfect replacement in Jaylon Johnson.
Even in trading for Trevis Gipson, the Bears added depth on the edge that they just did not have. However, with Kindle Vildor, they saw the best player available and added more depth to their secondary.
Vildor did play inside and outside at Georgia Southern, but due to his size, he is likely more destined in the slot.
Still, this is a bit questionable because the team has Buster Skrine, and drafted Duke Shelley last year. Skrine was not great and likely will be a cap casualty next offseason. Shelley was a sixth-round pick, so it is not like there is a huge commitment to these names.
Still, with the issues on offense, you would have assumed that one of the picks after Cole Kmet would be on the position. They also still have questions at strong safety.
Could Vildor move to strong safety? That would be quite the move for him; he is much more of a man cornerback.
You cannot say that the team is reaching for needs; they are sticking to their board and taking the best player available.
You could argue that the Bears even saw Vildor over Gipson on their board. Knowing that they would add luxury in Vildor, they may have traded up to ensure they hit a true need for depth on the edge first.
There is a real chance they view Kildor over Shelley. Nonetheless, the two will be looking to earn a backup slot job.