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Draft Decisions

NFL Draft Needs: NFC North

by NBC Sports EDGE Staff
Updated On: April 18, 2020, 1:19 pm ET

The Rotoworld Football crew’s Ian Hartitz, Nick Mensio, John Daigle and Hayden Winks are breaking down every team's biggest needs, division by division, and Josh Norris offers potential solutions in this month's NFL Draft.

For a breakdown on every team, check out the team-by-team draft preview schedule.

Chicago Bears

Notable Offseason Additions: QB Nick Foles, DE Robert Quinn, TE Jimmy Graham, OLB Barkevious Mingo, CB Artie Burns, TE Demetrius Harris, RT Germain Ifedi

Starting Offense

QB: Nick Foles or Mitchell Trubisky
RB: David Montgomery
WR1: Allen Robinson
WR2: Javon Wims
SLWR: Anthony Miller
TE: Jimmy Graham
LT: Charles Leno
LG: James Daniels
C: Cody Whitehair
RG: Germain Ifedi
RT: Bobby Massie

Starting Defense

DE: Bilal Nichols
DT: Akiem Hicks
NT: Eddie Goldman
LOLB: Khalil Mack
LILB: Danny Trevathan
RILB: Roquan Smith
ROLB: Robert Quinn
LCB: Kyle Fuller
RCB: Artie Burns
SLCB: Buster Skrine
FS: Deon Bush
SS: Eddie Jackson

 

Team Needs

Daigle’s Analysis

Interior Offensive Line: There’s a reason Germain Ifedi was widely available on a one-year deal, and it’s not because he’s a bargain bridge to Chicago’s long-term solution at right guard following veteran Kyle Long’s retirement. In fact, Ifedi’s 38 hurries and 50 individual pressures allowed with the Seahawks last year ranked bottom-two at his position, and were far more than any of Chicago’s O-line permitted. Nick Foles’ immobility coupled with David Montgomery’s inability to shed oncoming tacklers — as proven by his poor 2.33 yards after contact per attempt, which ranked 54th among 61 qualifiers last year — only emphasizes the Bears’ plans to add to their offensive trenches the moment they’re on the clock.

Wide Receiver: Tight end is undeniably a pressing need for this squad, but locking up 33-year-old Jimmy Graham for $8 million annually all but guarantees the organization (illogically) feels comfortable at that spot. With contract-year wideout Allen Robinson headed for a lucrative payday at season’s end, it only makes sense to take advantage of what’s being touted as the decade’s deepest receiver class and add another threat to compete with third-year slot WR Anthony Miller, 25-year-old Javon Wims and hybrid chess piece Cordarrelle Patterson following Taylor Gabriel’s release.
 
Cornerback: The Bears added CB Artie Burns to replace Prince Amukamara along the perimeter, but the interim 24-year-old starter was only signed to a one-year, $1 million deal. Ensuring a full deck of viable coverage options to rotate in their secondary should be a priority after the losses of several key reserves — ILB Nick Kwiatkoski, OLB Leonard Floyd, DT Nick Williams, ILB Kevin Pierre-Louis — that previously made life easier for Chicago’s cornerbacks’ room. Slot CB Buster Skrine’s contract allows for a team-friendly void, saving $2.8 million against the cap next offseason.

 

Bears' 2020 Draft Picks

Norris’ Options

2 (43). S Antoine Winfield, Minnesota - The Bears certainly invested plenty in their front seven, with the back half taking a bit of a back seat. Winfield is an absolutely playmaker, spending time in the box, in the slot and deep - with positive snaps at each. Winfield flies around the field to demolish ball carriers or receivers, but also shows plenty of anticipation to read the quarterback to disrupt passes at the catch point. His tracking and understanding of the offense are among the best in this class.

2 (50). OL Robert Hunt, Louisiana-Lafayette - Hunt has turned into one of my favorite players in this class. He wants to be dominant, win every rep, with total force. A bully in the best way. There is a question if he can stay at tackle in the NFL, if his agility is good enough to hold up on a pass protection island. His best snaps might be inside. That’s not too dissimilar to Germain Ifedi (although I prefer Hunt’s talent). So the Bears have two options at two positions (RT and RG), let the coaches figure out the best alignment.

5 (163). CB Michael Ojemudia, Iowa - Ojemudia has press corner length with plenty of zone coverage experience. Those exposures to playing and carrying the receiver, as well as playing off and reading the quarterback in order to break on the ball, will serve him well in the NFL.

6 (196). WR Joe Reed, Virginia - Without Taylor Gabriel, the Bears lack that role-playing vertical threat. There are others in this class, like John Hightower and Darnell Mooney. Reed averaged 18 yards per catch back in 2018 with 4.47 speed.

6 (200). LB Joe Bachie, Michigan State - Think of this as the Nick Kwiatkowski slot, a linebacker who played 512 defensive snaps last season. Bachie is a headstrong defender who lives to close on the ball carrier with a thud.

7 (226). RB Michael Warren, Cincinnati - David Montgomery needs to take another step. Tarik Cohen has a role. But a third, more traditional, running back might be needed to spell carries.

7 (233). OL Colton McKivitz, West Virginia - Do the Bears have a swing tackle on the roster? McKivitz has experience on both sides of the ball.

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