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


Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.

According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.

The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.

For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.

Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.

These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

The Chicago Bears will kick off the fourth season of "Meet the Rookies" on June 25, a series that profiles four of the team's 2018 draft picks for a behind-the-scenes look at their journey to the NFL.

The four-episode series will air on at 7:00 p.m from June 25 - 28 and will feature one rookie per night. 

Monday's episode will cover the Bears' first-round pick, Roquan Smith. Selected with the eighth-overall pick, Smith is expected to become an instant-impact player on defense. He's expected to make an impact off the field, too, as a high-character leader. Smith's linebacker-mate Joel Iyiegbuniwe is the focus of Tuesday's episode, with Anthony Miller (Wednesday) and James Daniels (Thursday) rounding out Season 4.

For a deeper dive into what's in store in "Meet the Rookies," check out this description.