2021 Chicago Bears roster ranking: 40-36

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We will continue to count down the days until the Chicago Bears take the field by counting down the Chicago Bears roster. With a 90 man roster, we are well over halfway and into the top 40. These are players that we expect to hear from more than in recent days.

This list is solely focused on the players’ potential value in 2021, and not about what they did in 2020 or what they could be in a year or two.

40. Khalil Herbert, RB

The biggest impact Herbert is going to make as a rookie is going to be on kick-offs. He has shown that he can do this at Virginia Tech and the Bears essentially have him replacing Cordarelle Patterson on the RB depth chart. Herbert is certainly a more natural running back, and if he is not a huge drop-off at kick return then the move will have made plenty of sense.

39. Larry Borom, RT

The Chicago Bears drafted Larry Borom early into day three. His presence got fans excited because he is an offensive tackle which was a clear position of need. However, he enters training camp with a huge learning curve that puts him squarely behind Germain Ifedi who has all but been named the right tackle starter. Borom could see the field because Ifedi is not cemented into any spot, but he is currently a depth piece.

38. Deon Bush, S

Last Season: 32

Bush was 28 in our list a few years back, fell to 32, and now he sits at 38. The reality is that the Bears have tried to give him a bigger role and it never goes well. He was not a big step up over Danny Trevathan in coverage, which is telling. However, while he will not play much as the third safety, he is locked into that role and still has special teams value.

37. Cairo Santos, K

We have hit the long snapper and punter already, but it makes sense that the kicker is the most valuable of the three. Herbert may just return kicks, while Borom may not even play as a rookie. Bush has a role but it is so minimal that Santos squeezes by.

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36. Angelo Blackson, DL

Angelo Blackson was a questionable signing this offseason, not because of his play, but because of his value. Blackson is a strong depth lineman but is behind Akiem Hicks, Bilal Nichols, Eddie Goldman, and Mario Edwards. He is making about $3 million this year, so the Bears have a role for him, but it seems as though they are just adamant about having six linemen so that they can rotate and go deep into games with depth.

Here are players 90-41

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

44. Mike Pennel

43. Trevis Gipson

42. Pat O’Donnell

41. J.P. Holtz