The Chicago Bears were competing for a playoff spot in a season where no team was able to establish control of the NFC North. However, they lost their last two games, handing the division, and the playoff spot, to the Green Bay Packers. This offseason, they made a free agency splash, signing defensive end Jared Allen, but they could look to further fortify their defense.
Who Should They Pick?: The Bears lost defensive tackle Henry Melton, and should look to replace him. Aaron Donald could be that guy. He’s quick off the snap and plays with a high motor. The team needs interior pass rushers, and Donald adds that.
Who Will They Pick?: With needs at both defensive tackle and safety, how the draft falls will determine who they select. Many analysts have physical safety Calvin Pryor as a top 15 talent, and at a position of need for the Bears.
Backup Plan: Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan is another possibility here. He’s a terrific pass rusher who could be even better if he can get quicker to react at the snap. His quick feet and tremendous hands make him a player who could contribute right away.
Darkhorse: The Bears have a solid pair of cornerbacks in Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman. However, if Darqueze Dennard is still available, they could choose to go ahead and get younger at the position. Dennard is the physical corner that Chicago would love.
Trade?: There is no real reason for the Bears to move up in the draft. There is value at both safety and defensive tackle available at their spot, and if anything, they’ll look to move back and acquire extra picks for later.