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Jamal Adams argues why safeties deserve a top pick, could Bears think the same way too?

Jamal Adams argues why safeties deserve a top pick, could Bears think the same way too?

INDIANAPOLIS -- The 2017 NFL Draft class is loaded with defensive backs, which certainly is good news for a Bears team needing a boost to its secondary. 

What direction the Bears take in the draft will first be determined by free agency, which begins March 9 and features the likes of A.J. Bouye (cornerback from Houston), Stephone Gilmore (cornerback from Buffalo) and Tony Jefferson (safety from Arizona). But whatever direction the Bears do take on the open market to address their secondary, it'll can also be augmented through the draft in April. 

The thought here is that a dependable starting cornerback or safety could be found as late as the third or even fourth round. But could the Bears' plan go beyond that depth and include drafting a safety with the team's highest draft pick in over 40 years?

LSU safety Jamal Adams doesn't see why not. 

"The game is changing," Adams said Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. "You need safeties that can do everything in the back end, can cover, can make the calls, can tackle and just doing what the coaches are asking them to do." 

Finding a transformational talent is the goal when a team is picking in the top five, but generally speaking, those players usually come from one of three positions: Quarterback, tackle and edge rusher/defensive end. And that makes sense: Teams generally look for a quarterback, someone to protect a quarterback or someone to disrupt an opposing quarterback. Only seventeen of the last 50 top-five picks have come from positions other than QB/T/EDGE/DE (a number which includes menacing defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh, Marcell Dareus and Gerald McCoy). 

But one of the things Bears coach John Fox said he wants out of a quarterback (someone who "raises all boats") could apply to a safety, too. If someone with the pure talent and football skill of Adams or Ohio State's Malik Hooker (who isn't participating in on-field drills due to surgery in January to repair a torn labrum in his hip and a sports hernia) were able to raise the level of play of everyone around him at Halas Hall, that could make them worthy of such a high pick. 

So if the Bears leave Indianapolis blown away by Adams or Hooker, and that player is at the top of their big board and available at No. 3, why not go with him?

"I definitely feel like I should be the No. 1 pick," Adams said. "Top five, that's definitely in the range."

Bears release statement from George McCaskey on George Floyd's death

Bears release statement from George McCaskey on George Floyd's death

On Monday evening, the Bears released a statement from George McCaskey regarding the recent death of George Floyd: 

A week ago another unarmed African-American man died at the hands of a white police officer. We are witnessing the anger and frustration play out in protests across the nation, including Chicago. We must do more than wring our hands and hope it doesn’t happen again. As an organization, we have addressed it internally by offering unconditional support to our family of staff, coaches and players, and today Ryan Pace and Coach Nagy spent the allotted two hours of team meeting time listening to and healing together with our players and the coaching staff. Through our voice, our actions and our resources, it is our obligation to lead. We will continue to work with our player-led social justice committee to provide funding and exposure to local organizations dedicated to empowering communities that have been oppressed for far too long. We’re proud to support organizations like BUILD Chicago, I Grow Chicago, My Block, My Hood, My City, and Youth Guidance, among others, who are doing great work in these communities and we encourage fans to partner with us in supporting them. Our commitment is to continue to be an active participant in change.

Though they don't use his name specifically, it's clearly a reference to Floyd's death, as they Bears joined (most) teams across the country in issuing statements condemning the abuse of power among law enforcement officials. 

Brian Urlacher's curious response to Grant Hill on Instagram is cringeworthy

Brian Urlacher's curious response to Grant Hill on Instagram is cringeworthy

There is a lot of debate happening in the country right now, and it's complex and nuanced.

For some reason, on Monday evening, hair plug enthusiast and former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher felt his input was necessary. 

Urlacher hopped on over to Grant Hill's (??) Instagram account, jump into the comments section, where the most useful and productive conversation always takes place, and weigh in.

It's no surprise Urlacher is pleased with President Trump's handling of the situation, he visited him in the Oval Office earlier this year and called it a "once in a lifetime experience."

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