3 biggest needs for Chicago Bears after first free agency wave

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The Chicago Bears have started to fill holes in free agency, but anyone who saw their roster knew that it would take more than free agency to fix everything on this roster. Now that the big spending is out of the way the names that are added can fill holes, but may not be big fixes.

So, what positions do they need to keep chipping away at, and now that the first phase of free agency is over, what are the biggest areas of focus in the 2023 NFL draft?

3. Chicago Bears need a right tackle

We know that this is a need on the Chicago Bears' radar because the team was showing real interest in Mike McGlinchey. Reports were that the team was in a bidding war, and the Denver Broncos just so happened to go above and beyond and top what the Bears were comfortable paying. The team thought if that they were going to spend that much, they were better off with Tremaine Edmunds, who is not a right tackle but is a better player.

So, the need remains. There is talk that Teven Jenkins may shift to tackle, but Ryan Poles made it sound more like Cody Whitehair would play center, and Nate Davis would play left guard. If those spots are filled, then the obvious attention shifts to right tackle.

At pick nine there may be a few left tackle options. Do the Bears ask Braxton Jones to move after his impressive season as a rookie? The draft would make more sense than signing an older tackle to push Jones to a new side. If they do not address this in the top 10, will they be able to fill it in the second round? Most instant starters will be gone in the top 50 picks. It will be interesting to see how the Chicago Bears address this.