Chicago Bears’ Second Round Targets: NFL Draft

Chicago Bears' second round targets
LSU safety Grant Delpit (7) during an NCAA football game against Georgia Southern, Saturday, August 31, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)

The NFL Draft is right around the corner. The Chicago Bears have two second-round picks as their first picks in the draft. The first-round pick was apart of the package deal that went for Khalil Mack. The Bears have pick number 43 (via the Las Vegas Raiders) and pick number 50 in the draft. The Bears still have a few holes to fill if they want to compete for the playoffs. Here are the Chicago Bears’ second-round targets in the NFL Draft by position.

*These are not in any specific order of need*

Strong Safety

The Chicago Bears are in dire need of a strong safety. Luckily for them, this draft is loaded with strong safety talent. The last good strong safety the Bears had was Adrian Amos. Amos at strong safety and Eddie Jackson at free safety was one of the best safety duos in the NFL. Last season, Amos left for Green Bay and the Bears picked up free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. This forced Jackson to play out of position at strong safety which really hurt the defense.

Currently, all the Bears have at strong safety is Deon Bush, who has been the main backup since he was drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Bush has proven to be serviceable, but in order to make this defense elite once again, they need an upgrade.

Bears’ Second-Round Potential Targets:

  • Grant Delpit, LSU
  • Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne
  • Jeremy Chinn, Southern Illinois
  • Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota

Interior Offensive Lineman

Overall, the offensive line was the weakest point of the Chicago Bears last season. From Kyle Long going down, to a position change for Cody Whitehair and James Daniels, the run game and pass protection were both very below average. A large part of that was due to the huge hole left at right guard from Long who just retired after this past season. In order to help Nick Foles or Mitchell Trubisky, the Bears need to establish the run. Adding a bully at right guard or center would help them incredibly.

As it stands today, the Bears have former defensive tackle Rashaad Coward, who played a major part in the bad offensive line play, and newly signed Germain Ifedi to compete for the position. Ifedi has been top 10 in penalties in the NFL each of the past three seasons. He is a former right tackle who looks to move to right guard. There isn’t a lot of security there. New offensive line coach Juan Castillo is very high on him, but that doesn’t mean he will pan out.

Bears’ Second-Round Potential Targets:

  • Cesar Ruiz, Michigan
  • Lloyd Cushenberry III, LSU
  • John Simpson, Clemson
  • Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin

Cornerback

The Bears don’t necessarily have a huge need here, but they could still upgrade here. Currently, the Bears have Kevin Toliver II, who has proven himself in a limited role, as the main guy. Competing with him is Artie Burns, who was a former first-round pick, and Tre Roberson, a stand-out Canadian Football League player. In all honesty, if one of these guys proves himself, it is very okay that they are starting because they had to beat out two solid other corners.

On the flip side, the Bears have a lot of uncertainty at that position. Burns flopped in Pittsburgh and is on a cheap deal here. Toliver hasn’t had enough playing time and went undrafted. Roberson was in the Canadian Football League. They could add more security by adding another corner early here.

Bears’ Second-Round Potential Targets:

  • Trevon Diggs, Alabama
  • Jeff Gladney, TCU
  • A.J. Terrell, Clemson
  • Jaylon Johnson, Utah

Offensive Tackle

It was evident both of the Bears’ offensive tackles played well below average last season. Both Bobby Massie and Charles Leno looked lost out there most of the time. That may have been due in part to the offensive line coach was let go, but signs point to they struggled. The Bears need to add some security to their offensive tackle position regardless due to them losing swing tackle Cornelius Lucas to free agency.

This draft is very deep for the offensive tackle position. There are three or four tackles that could be selected in the first 10 or 15 picks. There are also potentially seven tackles that can go in the first round. The Bears can get a quality, young offensive tackle in the second round fairly easily.

Bears’ Second-Round Potential Targets:

  • Ezra Cleveland, Boise State
  • Isaiah Wilson, Georgia
  • Austin Jackson, USC
  • Lucas Niang, TCU

Tight End

As evident to most Bears fans, the Bears have 10 tight ends on the roster. Obviously, a lot of those guys are going to get cut and the Bears cannot rely on a 33-year-old tight end in Jimmy Graham and injury-prone Trey Burton in their two tight ends for the future. The Bears could use a tight end to learn under Graham while he is there for two years and possibly play if Burton goes down to an injury, which seems likely.

This draft is very weak at tight end. Tight end is one of the weakest position groups in this draft as none of the tight ends are mocked to go in the first round. That doesn’t mean there isn’t talent there. Most of the tight ends just are projects this upcoming draft.

Bears’ Second-Round Potential Targets:

  • Cole Kmet, Notre Dame
  • Brycen Hopkins, Purdue
  • Hunter Bryant, Washington
  • Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri

There are obviously some other needs for the Bears, but these are their most important needs. They could also grab a speed wide receiver, another running back, edge rusher help, inside linebacker depth, and even another quarterback. The Bears’ second-round targets need to be guys who can impact the team immediately.


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Joseph Herff

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