The Chicago Bears are picking first overall, so I do not need to tell you that they have areas that are weak right now. Still, while the first overall pick and some of the top assets can be about bringing in the best player available, they also have to have a plan and fill the right spots.
Which positions are the biggest needs for the Chicago Bears?
5. Chicago Bears need better right tackle options
The Chicago Bears had a lot of plans and options at right tackle, and not a single one came through. First, Teven Jenkins moved to right guard. Then, Larry Borom had a chance. A concussion and knee injury did not help his chances, but it was telling that when he returned healthy from the concussion, the team did not give him his job back.
They went with Riley Reiff, mainly because they thought that Reiff was playing better than Borom. Borom got the first shot, he got hurt, and then the line got better play, so the injury cost Borom his job.
An injury to Reiff had Borom back in, but that is when his knee acted up. That is also when we first saw Alex Leatherwood. Leatherwood came and went with 27 snaps. He allowed four pressures in that limited sample size, and his last snap was an awful sack allowed. The Chicago Bears benched Leatherwood, and then made him inactive as others got healthy.
So, Reiff is older, was signed in August and is a free agent, but he was the best that Chicago had. Borom is obviously depth at best, and Leatherwood is a project at best. They need a right tackle badly.