The Chicago Bears cornerback room gets some competition early in Round 6
One area the Bears were tested in 2020 is at cornerback. When Jaylon Johnson and Buster Skrine went down to injury late in the year, the team turned to both Duke Shelley and Kindle Vildor to fill the gap.
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While both had a couple of moments, neither were fully capable of picking up the slack. This is where the Bears add competition for those guys going into 2021, with an experienced corner out of Florida.
Marco Wilson has played both outside and in the slot, and offers a ton of range and flexibility coming into the NFL. One area the Bears should look to improve upon is being more aggressive with the blitz, and Wilson is a player who has experience in that realm. The corner blitz can be super effective, especially when you pair it up with a pass rusher like Khalil Mack.
Coming into the pros, Wilson will have to work on his positioning at the line of scrimmage. Instead of playing further off (a lot like Bears corners did last year under Pagano) he’ll need to get a bit more physical right off the line. That should not be a problem, either, knowing how physical Wilson can be coming up to support the run.
It might finally be time for the Bears to say goodbye to veteran Sherrick McManis, so drafting a guy like Wilson makes a lot of sense in replacing him.