As we continue the Team Needs series for the 2013 NFL Draft, we proceed to the team with the twentieth overall pick; the Chicago Bears. It was certainly a tale of two halves for Chicago in 2012. When they were sitting at 7-1 halfway through their schedule, there was even some talk of them possibly being the best team in the league.
Unfortunately for Lovie Smith, the Bears went 3-5 the rest of the way and missed the playoffs, ultimately costing him his job. Much like Dallas, the quarterback of this squad takes a lot of flack. But the team began their second half slide after he was injured against the Texans. So I expect new head coach Marc Trestman to look to add these kinds of pieces in the upcoming draft to help Cutler out.
his is unquestionably the top need for the Bears if they want to keep their quarterback off of the injured list in 2013. Both tackle and guard play was poor in 2012 and resulted in Jay Cutler running for his life more than not. J’Marcus Webb improved steadily over the year, but the team will still need another tackle and a guard. If Chance Warmack or Eric Fisher are available, that should be the pick in the first round.
Draft Possibilities: Chance Warmack, Eric Fisher
Brandon Marshall was great in 2012, but it would be nice for Jay Cutler to have other options besides him every single play. Kellen Davis only had 19 receptions all season and Matt Spaeth is little more than a blocker. I don’t see Chicago burning the twentieth overall pick on a tight end, but they could go for one in the second, as a serious upgrade is needed. A pass catching end like Jordan Reed would be a great addition.
Draft Possibilities: Jordan Reed, Dion Sims
Sticking with the receiving game, Alshon Jeffery shows great potential, but with the retirement of Johnny Knox, more receiver help needs to come in, just in case Jeffery doesn’t develop into a true number two guy. No one else on the roster seems to be ready to assume that role, so a third round selection of a speedster like Markus Wheaton could really open up the field for Cutler.
Draft Possibilities: Markus Wheaton, Quinton Patton
It seems unfathomable to consider, but Brian Urlacher might be playing in a uniform that doesn’t belong to the Bears in 2013. With Urlacher getting up there in age (He’ll be 35 when the season starts) and battling injury concerns more than not, it could be time to upgrade if not replace. With Nick Roach also set to hit the market, this will be a position of great need for Chicago to hit on in the middle rounds. If Jarvis Jones slips in draft boards like some are predicting, he could be awfully tempting for the Bears in the first.
Draft Possibilities: Jarvis Jones, Brandon Jenkins
The Bears have about half of the cornerbacks hitting free agency soon, so not only will depth be needed, but some serious camp competition. While I already thought that some depth was needed, I had no idea that three of the top six corners were hitting the market before writing this. With this in mind, picking up the best corner available could be planned anywhere in the first four rounds and then some. If a stud prospect slips in the first, they might jump on it, but I’m thinking the second round at the earliest with a guy like Logan Ryan.
Draft Possibilities: Logan Ryan, Xavier Rhodes
If there has been one consistency with the Chicago Bears the last decade it is that they have had the stout defense, but never the strong offense to go with it. By hiring the offensive minded Trestman, it seems that ownership realizes this as well.
Getting Jay Cutler some more weapons and s strong offensive line is the way this team needs to build. Their defense is already championship caliber, but their offense is that of a .500 team. That’s why I see this as likely to be an offensive draft for the Bears.
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