With the Chicago Bears' offseason practices in the books and the roster mostly set heading into training camp, it's time to see how it stacks up.
For the past decade, the Bears have been a defensive team. The names and faces may change, but their defense has always been better than their offense. This list represents that as six of their top 10 players play defense. However, it also represents a changing of the guard as the top two players are offensive stars.
While the Bears defense remains their calling card—and I expect that to continue for at least one more season—they're aging. They do, however, have a number of young offensive players who appear ready to break out.
There will be a lot of players battling for a few spots as the Bears' roster is a bit top-heavy with a number of great players, but little depth. They've worked to improve their depth this offseason, particularly on the offensive line and at linebacker. They should have some quality competition at both.
To compile this list, I used the roster on the Bears' team website, which consists of 89 players. This list is not a representation of who will make the final 53-man roster, but the best players they have. There are a number of players who may be ranked higher than others, but could be released due to salary cap or other concerns.
I based my rankings on a combination of things. The most notable is past production, but for younger players I also considered their potential. Ultimately, I tried to rate the players based on how good they are at their job and how their skill translates to wins for the team.
When it's all said and done, we know who the Bears' best players are and the talent on the roster is as good as it's been in a long time. Whether that translates to wins remains to be seen, but here is how the roster stacks up heading into training camp.