3 Chicago Bears' players crack CBS Sports Top 100 NFL Player rankings

Another example of how well Ryan Poles has reconstructed the Chicago Bears' roster.
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The Chicago Bears roster is one of the most improved rosters across the NFL this offseason with the moves that were made.

Not only does the Bears' rosters include playmakers at each level of the defense but the offense features a Pro-Bowl running back in D'Andre Swift, a Pro-Bowl wide receiver in Keenan Allen, a Pro-Bowl caliber wide receiver in DJ Moore, one of the league's best tight ends in Cole Kmet, and rookies Caleb Williams and Rome Odunze.

The makeup of the Bears roster is far different from the one that Ryan Poles took over three years ago and the latest proof of that was Pete Prisco's NFL player rankings for CBS Sports. Prisco ranked the Top 100 players in the NFL and three current Bears' players made the list.

Bears' cornerback Jaylon Johnson was the highest of the Bears' players mentioned as he landed at No. 34 on Prisco's list.

He had his breakout season in 2023, which earned him a new contract from the team. He gives them a true No. 1 corner and will team with Tyrique Stevenson and Kyler Gordon to give them one of the best trios in the league.

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Signing Johnson to a long-term contract extension was the Bears' priority this season, and they accomplished that goal within the first week of the new league year. With Eddie Jackson no longer on the Bears, Johnson has emerged as the defensive leader, and he is primed to remain one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL.

It was another defensive player for the Bears that landed on Prisco's rankings as Montez Sweat was listed at No. 73.

He had a career-best 12 1/2 sacks last season playing for the Commanders and Bears. He was traded midway through the season from Washington to Chicago and quickly established himself as the top edge player on the Chicago defense.

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Sweat's arrival at the Trade Deadline last season elevated the Bears' defense as the team finally had a legitimate pass rusher on the defensive line. The Bears would be wise, however, to add another pass rusher before the start of the season as a way to alleviate the pressure on Sweat.

The only Bears' offensive player to make Prisco's rankings was Moore, who placed at No. 84.

He had a career-best 96 catches in his first season with the Bears. But the best thing about him is his big-play ability that is evident by his 14.2 yards-per-catch average.

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What's been most impressive about Moore is that he has emerged as one of the NFL's best playmakers despite the inconsistent play from the quarterbacks that he has been paired with. The hope for the Bears is that inconsistency will be removed beginning this season with the arrival of Williams.