2021 Chicago Bears roster rank: 45-41

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We are getting closer and closer to the start of the Chicago Bears training camp. With that in mind, we have gotten into the top 45 players on our countdown of the top 90 on the roster. This list is ranking the most valuable players for the 2021 season only and is focusing on what they could potentially bring that would help the team.

Here are the first half of players we have covered

90. Brian Johnson

89. Rojesterman Farris

88. Khalil McClain

87. Caleb Johnson

86. Sam Kamara

85. Daniel Arcibong

84. Scooter Harrington

83. Chris Lacy

82. Dionte Ruffin

81. Rodney Adams

80. Tyrone Wheatley

79. Thomas Ives

78. CJ Marable

77. Jester Weah

76. Jake Butt

75. Teez Tabor

74. LeCale London

73. Daureuan Parker

72. Michael Joseph

71. LeDarius Mack

70. Adam Redmond

69. Tre Roberson

68. Xavier Crawford

67. Badara Traore

66. Artavis Pierce

65. Ryan Nall

64. Riley Ridley

63. Patrick Scales

62. Joel Iyiegbuniwe

61. Charles Snowden

60. Dieter Eiselen

59. Artie Burns

58. Lachavious Simmons

57. Jesper Horsted

56. Arlington Hambright

55. Dazz Newsome

54. Marqui Christian

53. Josh Woods

52. Jordan Lucas

51. James Vaughters

50. DeAndre Houston-Carson

49. Austin Calitro

48. Khiyris Tonga

47. Javon Wims

46. Nick Foles

45. Thomas Graham, CB

Thomas Graham slid a bit further down some draft boards than many expected. However, with that, the Chicago Bears may be able to find a late day three starter out of Graham. Heading into camp he is expected to make the roster but is not a firm lock at 45. However, with Duke Shelley as primary competition in the slot, and Kindle Vildor on the outside, Graham could find himself climbing the depth chart quicker than some others.

44. Mike Pennel, NT

The signing of Mike Pennel has be to discuss. On one hand, he certainly could just be insurance for Eddie Goldman, but that is alarming in itself. On the other, he could be the backup NT and he could be pushing Khyiris Tonga onto the practice squad. Both would be notable. Pennel could certainly be let go, but it would be surprising that the veteran who started last season signs with a team that he is not thinking he is going to make.

43. Trevis Gipson, EDGE

Last Season: 30 

Maybe we overhyped Gipson too much last season, but it was probably Ryan Pace doing the overhyping more. Pace traded a future pick for a player who was expected to compete with Barkevious Mingo for what turned into a significant part-time role.

Instead of competing with Mingo to get on the field, he competed with James Vaughters to get active on game day and usually failed. He could even be lower but once again reports out of OTAs are how high the Bears are on this kid after a year of getting his sea legs.

42. Pat O’Donnell, P

Last Season: 46 

40, 36

Finding the value of the punter, kickers, and long snapper is always tough. O’Donnell was 46 last year but has been 40 and 36 in the years prior, showing that a punter has value. The reality is that he is going to make the team and have an impact. We do not know if that is true for Pennel or Gipson at all.

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41. J.P. Holtz, TE

Last Season: 41 

Holtz is another player who may not have the sky-high ceiling but has such a sound floor of someone who certainly will make the roster. Holtz not only is the third tight end, but he slides into the full-back role as well. He came along in 2019, made the roster with a defined role in 2020, and is in the same role with the same expectations entering 2020.