Selecting Oregon’s Kyle Long in the first round leaves several key holes for the Chicago Bears to fill with their other picks. They need to now focus their attention towards upgrading the talent at defensive tackle, linebacker, cornerback and wide receiver.
There are plenty of talented players on the board at all of these positions. The upcoming slides breakdown just a few prospects who look like a good fit.
The Chicago Bears really surprised me by taking Oregon’s Kyle Long in the first round. It appears to be a reach, as Long is a project who needs time to develop. However, the end of the first round worked out in the Bears' favor.
Chicago must find a way to bring in some young talent at the linebacker spot. There’s a good chance someone like Kansas State’s Arthur Brown will still be on the board at pick No. 50.
Brown likely fell to the second round because of some concerns surrounding his size and bulk. However, this is an explosive playmaker who will make plays all over the field. He’d be a perfect fit for the Bears attacking defense.
The interior of Chicago’s defensive line needs an infusion of talent. They cannot head into the season with only Henry Melton and Stephen Paea in the mix. Southern Missouri’s Brandon Williams is a prospect who’d make a ton of sense in the fourth round.
He’s a small-school player who brings size and strength to the defense. His ability to stuff the run and occupy blockers will fit in nicely alongside the quickness of Melton.
Williams saw his draft stock rise after he had a good showing at the Senior Bowl.
Chicago must bring in someone to compete with Kelvin Hayden for the nickel job. UCLA’s Sheldon Price is a long and athletic corner capable of filling that role. He likes to play physical and get into the body of the wide receiver.
His ability to track the ball in the air, time his jump and catch the ball makes him a threat to generate turnovers.
Price is the type of prospect who’d really benefit from having veterans like Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings on the roster. Those two would be able to show him the ropes and help him develop.
Texas A&M’s Ryan Swope really helped his draft stock when he ran an impressive 40-time at the combine. However, Swope doesn’t show the same type of speed on the field. This is why he could still be available towards the later part of the draft.
Swope fits with the Bears because he does most of his damage out of the slot. Chicago could use someone to come in and push Earl Bennett for playing time.
By adding Swope, Chicago gives itself another option for Jay Cutler. It’s important to note that Marc Trestman is known for his ability to call a good offensive game. He’ll easily find a way to get Swope involved.