Chicago Bears: Must watch college players series continued

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The Chicago Bears season never rests

If you have been more focused on the Chicago Bears regular season, I don’t blame you. It has been a season of seasons this year. Here is what you might have missed  for draft coverage:

This Chicago Bears team is primed for a championship run minus two crucial positions in my opinion. Those positions are quarterback and tackle. They might need a third in the wide receiver position if Allen Robinson does leave in free agency (nope, I am not calling him top-tier).

Many seemingly have forgotten that Eddie Goldman and Tarik Cohen will be back and hopefully ready to rock. Between Kindle Vildor and Duke Shelley, the nickel corner position seem set. A lot will depend on what Chuck Pagano can do with the defense in the future. The Chicago Bears play much better when they are in a one-gap scheme upfront.

Putting Khalil Mack, Robert Quinn, and Trevis Gipson’s hands in the dirt look a lot better than having them drop into coverage. Ryan Pace has found another late-round gem in Bilal Nichols, so the defensive line is set. The safety position could use an additional upgrade, but it has been clear that finding a partner for Eddie Jackson can be had late in the draft or free agency easily.

On the offensive side of the ball, the offensive line’s interior is solid after hitting on UDFA Sam Mustipher. Cody Whitehair looks much better at guard (I am surprised myself). Between those two and James Daniels, the Chicago Bears are above average on the interior.

Some players that might be available from the mid-first-round to late are:

  • Rashawn Slater Northwestern OL
  • Alijah Vera-Tucker  USC OL
  • Trey Smith Tennessee OL**
  • Nick Bolton Missouri LB
  • Rashod Batman Minnesota WR
  • Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Norte Dame LB**
  • Samuel Cosmi Texas OL
  • Alex Leatherwood Alabama OL
  • Dylan Moses Alabama LB**
  • Justyn Ross Clemson WR**

** Have not declared officially if they will enter the 2021 NFL draft, to my knowledge.