Chicago Bears: Biggest Needs for 2020 NFL Draft
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The 2020 NFL Draft is on the horizon and the Chicago Bears have some roster holes to fill. This is a crucial draft for the Bears’ front office as Mitch Trubisky’s contract is set to expire in 1-2 years (depending on 5th year option). The Bears must prove that they can put a winning team on the field next season or GM Ryan Pace might be looking for a new job in 2021. In this write up, I’ll explore the Bears draft needs to fill in the early and late rounds.
Early Round Needs
Interior Offensive Line
After Kyle Long announced his retirement, the offensive line became a pressing need. While most of the blame rests on Trubisky’s shoulders, the Bears could not get the run game going last season and a lot of that was because the offensive line got no push at the line of scrimmage.
A good running game is a quarterback’s best friend, and with no picks in the first round and two in the second, Chicago must address a need along the interior to try to take some pressure off of Trubisky or Foles next season.
Potential Targets: Lloyd Cushenberry, Robert Hunt, Netane Muti, Solomon Kindley
The Chicago Bears strength is their defense. With the addition of Robert Quinn this offseason, the front seven is one of the best in the NFC.
However there is still a need at cornerback. The Bears released Prince Amukamara and can’t afford to start Artie Burns opposite Kyle Fuller. This cornerback class is deep. If the Bears can hit on a cornerback early, the defense could be special in 2020.
Potential Targets: Jaylon Johnson, AJ Terell, Jeff Gladney, Trevon Diggs
As stated previously, the Bears’ biggest need on defense is the secondary. In round 2, I believe the Bears should take the best secondary player available, regardless of position.
After losing HaHa Clinton-Dix to free agency this offseason, the Bears failed to sign another safety capable of starting opposite Eddie Jackson. The NFL is a pass-first league and Chicago needs a good secondary if they want to beat division-rival Aaron Rodgers and make a playoff push next season.
Potential Targets: Antoine Winfield Jr. Kyle Dugger, Jeremy Chinn, Ashtyn Davis
Later Round Needs
Clearly the Bears biggest weakness is at the quarterback. They may even be just a quarterback away from a deep playoff run.
However, I believe they will move forward with Mitch Trubisky or Nick Foles at quarterback this year and try to use this draft class to build around one of them. If they opt to address the quarterback position, it’ll likely come later in the draft.
Gardner Minshew’s 2019 season should have the Bears optimistic about taking a shot on a late-round quarterback, because he proves you can find a diamond late in the draft.
This may be Ryan Pace’s last chance to get a quarterback capable of leading the franchise. Maybe he’ll find a diamond in the rough.
Potential Targets: Jalen Hurts, Jacob Eason, Anthony Gordon, Tanner Morgan
The Tight end position has been a huge disappointment under Matt Nagy. Trey Burton could never get going and Adam Shaheen has been a non-factor since they drafted him.
Signing Jimmy Graham this offseason helps fill the need at the position in the immediate, but the Bears still need a long-term option. Graham is approaching the end of his career and his production has steadily declined. Further, cutting Shaheen this season might be the best move for both parties.
This tight end class is weaker than the 2019 class, but that doesn’t mean that there won’t be some intriguing options on the board in the later rounds.
Potential Targets: Adam Trautman, Albert Okwuegbunam, Harrison Bryant, Thaddeus Moss
Wide Receiver hasn’t been an issue for the Bears offense recently. But Allen Robinson’s contract will expire at the end of the 2020 season and the Bears have few truly-reliable options apart from him.
Anthony Miller has shown flashes and the third receiver is up in the air between two unproven guys: Javon Wims and Riley Ridley.
This group isn’t scaring any defenses and won’t take much pressure off of Trubisky or Foles. The Bears must capitalize on a very strong Receiver class in 2020 and take a guy in the later rounds they hope can make a difference.
Potential Targets: Michael Pittman, Bryan Edwards, Donovan Peoples-Jones, KJ Hill
Check out our latest mock draft to see how the Chicago Bears fared.