Chicago Bears: 2021 53-man roster projection heading into training camp

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Predicting the Chicago Bears 53-man roster: Cornerbacks

Probably the weakest position on the Chicago Bears roster is the cornerback position. With COVID-19 drastically decreasing the salary cap this season, Ryan Pace had to let Kyle Fuller walk. Fuller moved on and is now with former defensive coordinator, Vic Fangio in Denver. With Fuller gone, the team is going to be counting on Jaylon Johnson to take over that CB1 role. The problem is, who is going to start behind him.

The Bears added Desmond Trufant to the roster this year, but he comes with plenty of injury concerns and is not the player he once was. If healthy, Trufant could be the answer the team needs, but they better hope that there is plenty of depth behind him. Fans are excited for second-year player Kindle Vildor to take the next step, but I have my doubts. Duke Shelley has shown flashes at times too, but I’m not sold on him either.

The one player I am most excited about is 2021 sixth-round pick, Thomas Graham, Jr. I had Graham graded as a late fourth-round pick and think he could cause trouble for Shelley. Let’s not forget the team brought back Artie Burns too. Burns is a former first-round pick who could not find his groove with the Steelers but was slotted to start ahead of Jaylon Johnson last season before suffering a torn ACL in the offseason. This group comes with a shocking roster cut though.

As of now, the Chicago Bears will be keeping five corners on the roster.

  • Jaylon Johnson
  • Desmond Trufant
  • Artie Burns
  • Kindle Vildor
  • Thomas Graham, Jr.