2021 Chicago Bears roster rank No. 26: Is Duke Shelley the slot answer?

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We are now onto number 26 in our countdown of the top Chicago Bears for the upcoming 2021 season. That is a reminder that this list is only looking at the 2021 season and what their impact could be. It is dissecting how a best-case could help the Bears, but also how if they were hurt they would be by the worst case in 2021.

With that said we are now onto number 26.

No. 26 Chicago Bears CB Duke Shelley

Last Year: 35 

Duke Shelley joined our list at number 38 before jumping to 35 last season. This year he sees a big jump, although many could argue he may even be higher.

It appears as though Shelley is penciled into starting in the slot for week one. Things can change, but this looks like his role and he took it over starting last year when Buster Skrine went out with a concussion.

The reason Shelley is not higher is the same reason that he has not locked down the slot job. He was questionable at best last season and really struggled to communicate and navigate crossing routes and switching off his man. Teams picked on him from the slot, so the commitment this offseason is surprising in some ways.

In others, the team brought back Artie Burns and have been talking up Kindle Vildor. They drafted Thomas Graham and signed Desmond Trufant. These aren’t definitive slot options, but it shows that they have a rip chord ready to pull if Shelley. For the sake of not making me look bad if there is a big drop on his ranking between this year and next, we will stay conservative and put him at 26 heading into 2021.

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Check out 90-27 below.

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

40. Khalil Herbert

39. Larry Borom

38. Deon Bush

37. Cairo Santos

36. Angelo Blackson

35. Elijah Wilkinson

34. Damien Williams

33. Damiere Byrd

32. Marquise Goodwin

31. Alex Bars

30. Jimmy Graham

29. Tarik Cohen

28. Anthony Miller

27. Christian Jones