Who is the sixth most valuable player on the Chicago Bears 2020 roster?
Heading into the 2020 NFL season we have been ranking the Chicago Bears roster for the upcoming year. As we get closer and closer to the start of the year, we are now in the top 10 after starting at 90. Now, we are onto number six. Who is the sixth most valuable player on the Bears?
6. Akiem Hicks
From number one to number three and now down to number six, we have seen the small drop from Akiem Hicks over the years. Still, over three seasons he has been a consistent cornerstone of the Bears, and six being as low as he can fall is a salute to the value that he brings to Chicago.
Of course, between 2018 and 2019, the growth of Mitch Trubisky and the addition of Khalil Mack pushed Akiem Hicks down.
Now, from 2019 to 2020 it is coming off of an injury-plagued season. If Hicks can get healthy, he should live up to his ranking, and may even be a more valuable player.
However, there has to be pause for a player who is going to be 31 and is coming off of an injury. We looked into how defensive lineman begins to decline. One of the key factors was that at age 30, players stopped hitting their sack peak.
We may be able to see Hicks get back to an above-average level, and he should be in a great situation next to Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn. However, fans have to remember, Hick’s age and injury coming into this year. He can be very good, but may not be at his elite level moving forward into the twilight of his career.