What willthe Chicago Bears be thinking inthe 2017 NFL Draft?
Here webreakdown their fivecore draft questions and provide ourbest answers.
1. Do the Bears need to focuson the secondaryearly?
The defensive secondary is acritical position group to address, more so safetythan cornerback. So far this offseason,it's been mainlyveteran patchworkwith the signings of Quintin Demps and Prince Amukamara. Chicago desperately needs theplaymaking, all-around safety it has lacked since Mike Brown. Either LSU's Jamal Adams or Ohio State's Malik Hooker would be a perfect pickatNo. 3, but don't rule out Ohio State's best corner prospect, Marshon Lattimore.
The Bearsalso are facingneeds at inside linebacker and defensive end for their 3-4. No. 3 overall isa little too early for Alabama's Reuben Foster at the former position, unless they are able to trade down, but Alabama's Jonathan Allen likely will be available. By not going QB, Chicago is guaranteed not to reach for someone on the other side of the ball.
2. Whendo the Bears jump in at quarterback?Or do theypass on QB?
With the rather expensive short-term signing of former Buccaneers backup Mike Glannon and then the acquisition of Mark Sanchez as the new No. 2, Chicago has created a new stopgap situation post-Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley. As much as the Bears need that franchise passer soon to challenge in the NFC North, they mightbe buyingtime with that money to Glennon.
If the Bearswere to go QB, North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky,the mostpro-style passer, likely would be thechoice. Glennon and Sanchez are hints that they would be most comfortable grooming a prospect of Trubisky's ilk in their system. File them right there with the 49ers as potential teams looking to steal aQB early in Round 2, with Cal's Davis Webb being preferred over Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer. Later on Day 2 or early in Day 3, Pittsburgh's Nathan Peterman is a fit, too.
3. Should the Bearspounce on a top tight end?
Chicago is hurting at tight end, literally, astop receiving optionZach Milleris coming off a Lisfranc injury to his right foot.Healso turns 33 inOctober.The Bears need tofind their next Martellus Bennett,a well-rounded tight end for the long term.
Ashland's Adam Shaheen might be in play atNo. 36, butNo. 67 makes more sense to go after that player. That's also the Day 2 wheelhouse of Michigan's Jake Butt, who's a bit of a combination ofthe best attributes of Miller and Bennett.
4. How shouldthe Bearsaddressoffensive line?
The Bears' needs on the line are more complicatedthan expected. One might thinkthey are set in the interior with formerPackers left guard Josh Sitton joining recent high draft picks Kyle Long and Cody Whitehair. Long, however,got a badbreak with a shoulder injury piling on his ankle injury, setting up a rocky offseason of health.
Theemphasis will be on tacklesto upgrade from Charles Leno and Bobby Massie, but Long's status mightprompt the Bears to gofor a big, strong linemanwho can swing inside. The ideal guy for that would be Western Michigan's Taylor Motonifhe's still there for their second-round pick. Come Round 3, Troy's Antonio Garcia would be ahead of Florida State's Roderick Johnson because of the Senior Bowl familiarity. A little later, maybe on Day 3, Pittsburgh's Adam Bisnowaty or Bucknell's Julie'n Davenport are in play.
5. Where can the Bears find defensive linehelpin later rounds?
If the Bears don't get Allen in Round 1 and decide not to force a pick at one of the draft's weaker positions, they will have options on Day 3,whenClemson's Carlos Watkins, Iowa's Jaleel Johnson and/orMichigan's Ryan Glasglow will be available.
SN's 2017 Mock Drafts: Bearspicks
— Eric Galko (from April 11 Mock Draft)
No. 3: Allen:Not many teams still have Allen viewed as a top-10 player because of his injury concerns, but the Bears do. Barring a major change of heart (or a trade back), Allen likely will be their pick.
— Vinnie Iyer (from April 10 Mock Draft)
No. 3: Adams:The Bears have desperately needed a safety who can take over games as a playmaker, and they finally can solve the problem. Adams can lay the hammer down upfield against the run like an extra linebacker but also drop back to shine in coverage like an extra cornerback.Free or strong safety, it doesn’t matter. File Adams under transcendent for the position.
Bears 2017 NFL Draft picks
First round: No. 3overall
Second round: No. 36overall
Third round: No. 67overall
Fourth round: No. 111overall
Fourth round: No. 117overall (from Bills)
Fifth round: No. 147overall
Seventh round: No. 221 overall