Rotoworld: Bears' top draft needs and a seven-round mock draft

Rotoworld: Bears' top draft needs and a seven-round mock draft

Evan Silva (@EvanSilva) is the Senior Football Editor for Rotoworld's NFL Page, and Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) leads Rotoworld's college football and NFL draft coverage. Together, they're breaking down every team's biggest needs and offering potential draft-day solutions.

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Bears No. 1 Team Need: Quarterback

Silva’s Analysis

Signing career backups Mike Glennon and Mark Sanchez makes this no less of a need. It’s time for the Bears to invest a first- or early second-day pick on a potential franchise quarterback.

Bears No. 2 Team Need: Defensive Back

Silva’s Analysis

Prince Amukamara went to Chicago on a one-year deal. Tracy Porter was recently released. The Bears’ head-scratching, three-year, $16 million investment in Marcus Cooper netted one of the worst corners in the league with Arizona last season. 2014 first-round pick Kyle Fuller is a bust. The Bears coveted Stephon Gilmore in free agency, but he signed with New England instead. The Bears have also been heavily linked to top-safety prospects Jamal Adams and Malik Hooker.

Bears No. 3 Team Need: Defensive Line

Silva’s Analysis

In NT Eddie Goldman and DEs Akiem Hicks and Jonathan Bullard, the Bears have three quality young pieces up front. Hicks is entering a contract year, however, and Goldman has battled persistent ankle injuries. Chicago needs a dynamic playmaker in the trenches. 

Other Considerations: Offensive Tackle, Wide Receiver, Linebacker

2017 NFL Draft: More coverage here

Norris’ Mock Draft

Round 1 (3): CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State - Lattimore is widely viewed as the top prospect at his position. his sample size is small, but if everything clicks he can progress into becoming one of the top corners in the league. Athleticism, plus mirroring plus ball skills.

Round 2 (36): T Antonio Garcia, Troy - I like Garcia more than most. I think he has true left tackle feet and a finisher’s mentality. The Bears have the three interior positions locked down and Charles Leno is entering a contract year. Nevertheless, I think I was higher on Leno coming out of Boise State than any other evaluator.  

Round 3 (67): WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC - Smith-Schuster’s 2015 season was outstanding. He took advantage of manufactured space. He is a young and developing receiver … if you’re optimistic, that is.

Read the rest of Norris' mock draft on right here.

Bears to don throwback helmets Sunday against Giants


Bears to don throwback helmets Sunday against Giants

The Bears are throwing it back to the past this weekend at Soldier Field.

The Bears will rock 1960s throwback helmets Sunday when they take on the New York Giants. The helmet is navy blue and features a white "C" logo and gray facemask, whereas the current helmet has an orange "C" and white facemask.

A look at the throwback lid:

The Bears donned those helmets from 1962-72 during the playing days of  Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers, now Hall of Famers. They won the 1963 NFL Championship along the way.

“I think a lot of Bears fans remember the ‘60s, especially the ’63 championship team winning at Wrigley against the Giants with those ‘Cs’ on our helmet,” Bears chairman George H. McCaskey said. “And of course Butkus and Sayers and all the great memories they provided. That small change I think means a lot to people.”

As 2019 is the Bears' 100th season as a franchise, they've been honoring a different decade at each home game. The Bears have also installed seven-foot tall bobbleheads around Chicago each week featuring players from that week's celebratory decade.

Unsurprisingly, this week's game will celebrate the 1960s, with Butkus and Sayers represented in life-size bobblehead form:

The Bears will give out bobbleheads of Butkus and Sayers to the first 20,000 fans who arrive at Sunday's game.

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Mitch Trubisky practiced in full on Thursday


Mitch Trubisky practiced in full on Thursday

As Chicago continues to analyze Mitch Trubisky’s hip and figure out if his benching was actually injury related or performance related, the injury report from practice makes it seem like he should play on Sunday.

Trubisky was a full participant in practice on Thursday, just as he was on Wednesday. Back-to-back full practices would seem to indicate he should be full go for Sunday’s game against the Giants.

If not, then chaos will ensue.

As for the rest of the injury report, offensive lineman Bobby Massie was not limited with his back injury while linebacker Isaiah Irving was limited with a quad injury.

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