The Chicago Bears turn to the defensive side of the ball in the seventh round
Finally, the Chicago Bears look to the defensive side of the football. Ryan Pace adds some developmental guys who can push for back-of-the-roster positions.
JaCoby Stevens played both wide receiver and safety in high school (and a bit in college). He made the final switch to safety during his sophomore season. At 6’2″ and 230 pounds. Stevens would be a developmental strong safety who would fight to make the backend of the depth chart or the practice squad.
Tarron Jackson was a guy I noticed while watching the practices leading into the Senior Bowl. He was very noticeable and was even playing on the interior of the defensive line where he still looked solid. Jackson has some serious upside and can push to replace Roy Robertson-Harris who is likely to move on in free agency.
With the Chicago Bears’ final pick, the team looks to add depth in the middle of the defense and on special teams by selecting Tuf Borland. Anyone with a name like Tuf should be playing football. He is not likely to find playing time on defense but can find a spot on the 53-man roster by playing well on special teams.
I would have loved to walk away with a starting-caliber quarterback like Mac Jones, Trey Lance or Kyle Trask. Obviously landing one of the big three is even less likely, but one of these three quarterbacks would push whoever the Bears brought in unless a trade takes place.
However, adding the quality offensive linemen, a developmental quarterback and a wide receiver who can start early in the year makes this draft very excitable to me.