Rotoworld: Analyzing Bears' NFL Draft needs

Rotoworld: Analyzing Bears' NFL Draft needs

Rotoworld Senior Football Editor Evan Silva (@EvanSilvaand NFL Draft expert Josh Norris (@JoshNorrisare breaking down every team's biggest needs and providing a full seven-round mock draft. Check out their latest on the Bears in the story below and for a breakdown on every other team, head over to

No. 1 Team Need: Defensive Back

Silva's Analysis

The Bears have multiple needs in the secondary, where 33-year-old Antrel Rolle is on his last legs and Chicago played musical chairs at slot corner last season. The Bears did re-sign successful reclamation project LCB Tracy Porter, but he has an ugly injury history and will be on the wrong side of 30 when the season starts. RCB Kyle Fuller is talented but inconsistent. In DC Vic Fangio's scheme, strong safeties tend to be wood-laying tone setters and cornerbacks have to be able to play man.

No. 2 Team Need: Running Back

Silva's Analysis

2015 fourth-round pick Jeremy Langford mixed some productive games into his rookie year, but emerged with an anemic 3.63 yards-per-carry average and eight dropped passes, most among NFL running backs. Even if the Bears believe Langford can become their lead runner, they need an upgrade on replacement-level reserves Ka'Deem Carey and Jacquizz Rodgers. Running the ball efficiently and voluminously is always prioritized in John Fox offenses. The Bears' offseason pursuit of C.J. Anderson strongly indicates another back will be added.

No. 3 Team Need: Tight End

Silva's Analysis

Even after an active free-agency period, the Bears remain one of the NFL's neediest teams. Other positions considered here were left tackle, quarterback and defensive line. Chicago has only David Fales and Matt Blanchard behind Jay Cutler, who is entering a make-or-break year under a regime that didn't bring him into the organization and aggressively tried to trade him one offseason ago. Additionally, pass rush is an area most teams could afford to upgrade, and Chicago is no different. Most apparent is the Bears' internal feeling that tight end is a need following their failed pursuit of Saints restricted free agent Josh Hill. Current starter Zach Miller is entering his age-32 season and has been injured for most of his career. In Rob HouslerKhari Lee and Gannon Sinclair, the depth chart is rounded out by borderline NFL-level players.

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Norris' Mock Draft

Round 1 (11): T Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame - The Bears upgraded right tackle (and right guard) with Bobby Massie moving in and Kyle Long moving over. I liked Charles Leno coming out of school… as a backup tackle or utility offensive lineman. Not to start. Stanley offers pass protecting prowess, using his length and footwork to mirror his opposition. These prospects are selected early to win in the passing game. Stanley is far from a liability in the running game.

Round 2 (41): CB Artie Burns, Miami - A pure “tools” corner, but one that I bet a number of coaches will want to work with. When it all is put together, Burns flashes high level play. He has the length many teams covet.

Round 3 (72): TE Austin Hooper, Stanford - Matt Waldman’s top tight end in the class. I can’t go there, but Hooper possesses a lot of inline ability. He is comfortable working in the short and intermediate areas of the field, down the seam and has the body control to adjust to difficult catches.

Round 4 (106): RB Alex Collins, Arkansas - Collins is one of the better backs at picking up yards blocked for him, running with determination in the hopes of beating first contact or falling forward. He can also pass protect. Don’t expect a dynamic runner here.

Round 4 (127): DL Joel Heath, Michigan State - A defensive lineman who fits best in an odd man front, or outside to inside style. The Bears need depth along their defensive line, and Heath would fit their scheme.

Round 5 (150): S Kavon Frazier, CMU - Frazier can really close from a strong safety spot. Sometimes his angles aren’t great, but he wants to be a hammer and make plays near the line of scrimmage.

Round 6 (185): QB Brandon Allen, Arkansas - Allen could be selected earlier than this, but third-day quarterback rankings will vary wildly from team to team. Allen really showed the ability to handle the passing game inside of structure as a senior.

Round 6 (206): WR K.J. Maye, Minnesota - Jamison Crowder after taxes. Maye is best in the slot.

Round 7 (230): G Ted Karras, Illinois - Depth at the guard position. Karras did not look out of place at the East-West Shrine Game.

Bears Current Offensive Depth Chart

QB: Jay Cutler

RB: Jeremy Langford

WR: Alshon Jeffery

WR: Kevin White

WR: Eddie Royal

TE: Zach Miller

LT: Charles Leno

LG: Matt Slauson

C: Hroniss Grasu

RG: Kyle Long

RT: Bobby Massie

Bears Current Defensive Depth Chart

LE: Akiem Hicks

RE: Mitch Unrein

NT: Eddie Goldman

ILB: Danny Trevathan

ILB: Jerrell Freeman

OLB: Pernell McPhee

OLB: Willie Young

LCB: Tracy Porter

RCB: Kyle Fuller

FS: Adrian Amos

SS: Antrel Rolle


Bill Belichick scoffs at Khalil Mack-Lawrence Taylor comparison

Bill Belichick scoffs at Khalil Mack-Lawrence Taylor comparison

All of the good graces Bill Belichick may have won on Tuesday afternoon -- when he compared the Bears' offense to Kansas City's -- are officially gone. 

Today, when talking to reporters, a Khalil Mack-Lawrence Taylor comparison came up. Belichick, who coached LT as the New York Giants’ defensive coordinator in the 1980s, was NOT having it: 

"Wait a minute, we’re talking about Lawrence Taylor now. I’m not putting anybody in (LT’s) class. Put everybody down below that. With a lot of respect to a lot of good players, we’re talking about Lawrence Taylor."

A bit harsh, Bill. 

For what it's worth, here's Khalil Mack's 2018 projection, assuming his latest ankle injury doesn't make him miss time: 

20 sacks, four interceptions, 16 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries

That's .5 sacks less and four INTS, 16 FFs and 4 recoveries more than LT had in his 1986 MVP season. And yeah, maybe "they didn't record tackles/fumbles in 1986" and "16 forced fumbles would not only blow the current record (10) out of the water but is just plain unrealistic" but whatever, we're just sayin'. 

UPDATE: shocker, LT agrees: 

Matt Nagy gives update on the state of Khalil Mack's ankle

Matt Nagy gives update on the state of Khalil Mack's ankle

The Bears have seemingly dodged a bullet, for now. 

Following Tuesday's announcement that Khalil Mack would undergo further tests on the right ankle injury he sustained during Sunday's loss, Bears head coach had more optimistic news on Wednesday:

It could obviously get a lot worse than a day-to-day diagnosis, though not practicing on Wednesday might raise some eyebrows. 

It sounds like Mack is expected to be a go for Sunday's matchup with the Patriots, though as the Bears saw with the Dolphins' QB situation last week, things can change in a heartbeat.