3 Chicago Bears whose stock has fallen before training camp

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Chicago Bears, Kindle Vildor
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Chicago Bears cornerback, Kindle Vildor

Last season, Kindle Vildor was penciled in as the outside starting cornerback opposite of Jaylon Johnson when the team was in its nickel package. He was basically viewed as the CB3 on the team behind Johnson and Kyler Gordon. The team drafted Gordon in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft. He was the CB2 but moved inside to the nickel spot when running that package. Vildor had a very up-and-down season last year and Matt Eberflus and Ryan Poles looked for upgrades or at the very least some competition.

In the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft, Poles selected cornerback Tyrique Stevenson. Stevenson is viewed as a ball hawk. He has great size and length. He can play both the outside corner position and the nickel if needed. However, Kyler Gordon will step into the nickel spot, Stevenson and Johnson outside. The selection of Stevenson already pushes Kindle Vildor down the depth chart. Being pushed down one spot on the depth chart might not be all though. Ryan Poles selected another cornerback in the fifth round -- Terell Smith.

Smith is another corner known for getting after the football. He recorded three interceptions over his last two seasons for Minnesota. Stevenson also had three interceptions over the last two years. With these two additions plus players like Josh Blackwell showing promise last year, the Chicago Bears are not going to rely on Kindle Vildor as much this season, if even at all. Some think Vildor might not even make the final 53-man roster.