The Chicago Bears are counting on a rookie corner
Here’s the thing. I loved the Jaylon Johnson pick. He could be better than Kyle Fuller, but is it wise to put that much stock in him? Especially on a team that is in the middle of competing. I am not sold on the likes of Artie Burns, Kevin Toliver or Tre Roberson as the starter either.
Toliver has never lived up to my expectations. I know some fans think he could be something, but I do not see it. In his limited snaps, he was targeted 34 times over the last two years. He allowed 23 of them to be caught for a 67.6 percent completion percentage. He also allowed a touchdown on one of those throws. Last season, quarterbacks saw a 122.4 quarterback rating when targeting Toliver. Is he really the answer? No, he is nothing more than a backup and Johnson will be better.
Burns is another guy I do not have faith in as the starter. Jaylon Johnson should have no problem supplanting him on the depth chart. Burns is a former first-round pick who has not proven himself worthy of the 25th overall selection. He has started seven games over the last two years. In 2018, he allowed 16 catches on 25 targets. What is worse, he gave up five touchdowns and allowed a 143.2 quarterback rating when balls went his direction. 2019 was surprisingly worse.
Finally, Tre Roberson is coming into the NFL from the CFL. He is one of the best CFL prospects and many teams wanted to sign him, but counting on either Jaylon Johnson or Roberson without a good veteran backup who could start all 16 games if needed is a mistake. Hopefully, it does not bite Ryan Pace and the Chicago Bears in the butt.