Chicago Bears: 7 Players who could shockingly make the final roster

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Thomas Graham, Jr. could push his way onto the Chicago Bears roster

When it comes to recent draft picks, they usually have a good shot at making the active roster. However, late-round picks like Thomas Graham, Jr. can sometimes find themselves having to work their way up from the practice squad. This is what happened last year with Lachavious Simmons. Simmons was a seventh-round pick in 2020, but started the year on the Chicago Bears practice squad.

Cornerback is an area of weakness on paper for the Chicago Bears this year. Losing a CB1 of Kyle Fuller’s talent is hard to overcome. Jaylon Johnson is now in his second year and the favorite to be the CB1 of this team. Desmond Trufant is a free agent with a decent track record, but also comes with a riddled injury history. The hope is for Kindle Vildor to prove himself worthy of being the third-best corner on the team.

Behind these three are Artie Burns, who was slotted to start the season across from Kyle Fuller last year before suffering a season-ending knee injury, and Duke Shelley who has some experience playing in the nickel spot. These five are the most likely to make the 2020 active roster.

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If the team decides to keep six corners, 2021 sixth-round pick Thomas Graham, Jr. has the skillset to be that guy. He will need to fight off the likes of fan-favorite Tre Roberson, Michael Joseph, and Xavier Crawford. I know Roberson stans won’t approve, but I like Graham’s chances of making the final roster as opposed to being placed on the practice squad. Training camp and preseason games will be what sets these guys apart prior to the opening game versus the Rams.