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Initial Post-Draft Depth Chart for the Chicago Bears

Ross ReadContributor IIISeptember 12, 2016

Initial Post-Draft Depth Chart for the Chicago Bears

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    The draft is in the books and the Bears can look ahead to their offseason program. Rookie mini-camps, OTAs and eventually training camp are now on the radar. 

    Adding eight players to the roster certainly fills some holes and will provide some interesting battles on the depth chart. Can Kyle Fuller start and make an impact right away? What about Brock Vereen? Can he push Chris Conte for a starting role?

    This is the initial depth chart fresh off the draft. Keep in mind this will change a ton of times before the start of the season. Expect some of these rookies to move up quickly and some veterans to find themselves fighting for a roster spot. 

Quarterbacks

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    1. Jay Cutler

    Looks to play his first full 16 game season since 2009. 

    2. Jordan Palmer

    Has attempted only 15 passes in four career games. 

    3. David Fales

    Threw for six touchdowns and over 500 yards in a head-to-head matchup against Derek Carr last season.

    4. Jerrod Johnson

    Spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles back in 2011. 

Running Backs

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    1. Matt Forte

    Set career highs last season in rushing yards, rushing TDs, receptions and receiving yards.

    2. Ka'Deem Carey

    Nearly 1,900 rushing yards last season to go along with 19 touchdowns. 

    3. Michael Ford

    Had five kick returns last season for 37 total yards. 

    4. Shaun Draughn

    Has 235 career rushing yards in three seasons. 

Fullbacks

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    1. Tony Fiammetta

    Career-high seven receptions last season. 

    2. Willie Carter

    The former Tulsa Golden Hurricane has yet to appear in an NFL game.

Wide Receivers

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    1. Brandon Marshall

    The five-time Pro Bowl receiver is going into the final year of his contract. 

    2. Alshon Jeffery

    Over 1,400 yards receiving last season after just 367 his rookie year. 

    3. Marquess Wilson

    Only two receptions in his rookie season. 

    4. Josh Morgan

    Sitting on 199 career receptions. 

    5. Domenik Hixon

    10.7 career punt return average.

    6. Eric Weems

    131 career kickoff returns.

    7. Chris Williams

    In 2012, set a CFL record with six touchdown returns. 

     8. Terrence Toliver

    Five NFL teams since 2011 with no career receptions. 

    9. Josh Bellamy

    101 career kick return yards. 

Tight Ends

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    1. Martellus Bennett

    120 receptions over the past two seasons. 85 receptions in his first four. 

    2. Fendi Onobun

    Five different franchises in four years. 

    3. Dante Rosario

    106 career games. 

    4. Zach Miller

    45 receptions in his first two seasons. Only four over the last two. 

Offensive Tackles

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    Left Tackle

    1. Jermon Bushrod

    Hasn't missed a game in four seasons. 

    2. Eben Britton

    34 career starts over five seasons. 

    Right Tackle

    1. Jordan Mills

    Started all 16 games as a rookie last season. 

    2. Rogers Gaines

    Undrafted last season out of Tennessee State. 

    3. Charles Leno Jr. 

    Started the last two seasons at left tackle at Boise St. 

Guards

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    Left Guard

    1. Matt Slauson

    Hasn't missed a game in his four-year career. 

    2. James Brown

    Started three game for the Bears back in 2012. 

    Right Guard

    1. Kyle Long

    Made it to the Pro Bowl in his rookie season last year. 

Centers

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    1. Roberto Garza

    Started 133 games in a Bears uniform.

    2. Brian De La Puente

    44 starts over three seasons with the New Orleans Saints

    3. Taylor Boggs

    Appeared in two games last season. 

Defensive Ends

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    Left End

    1. Lamarr Houston

    Career-high six sacks last season. 

    2. Israel Idonije

    28.5 sacks in a Bears uniform. 

    3. Cornelius Washington

    One tackle in two games last season. 

    4. Austen Lane

    Three career sacks in 30 games. 

    Right End

    1. Jared Allen

    128.5 sacks over his 10-year career. 

    2. Willie Young

    Started 15 games for the Lions last season. 

    3. David Bass

    Had a sack in his only start last season. 

     

Defensive Tackles

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    3-Technique

    1. Jeremiah Ratliff

    Four Pro Bowls and 28.5 career sacks. 

    2. Nate Collins

    Missed 11 games last year with a torn ACL. 

    3. Will Sutton

    2012 and 2013 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. 

    4. Tracy Robertson

    One game last year for the Bears. 

    Nose Tackle

    1. Stephen Paea

    Unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. 

    2. Ego Ferguson

    Only one year as a starter at LSU. 

Linebackers

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    Weak Side

    1. Lance Briggs

    Seven Pro Bowls and over 900 career tackles. 

    2. Jordan Senn

    Three career forced fumbles. 

    Middle 

    1. D.J. Williams

    Only 13 games over the past two seasons. 

    2. Jon Bostic

    Nine starts in his rookie season. 

    3. Jerry Franklin

    Three tackles in 10 games last year. 

    Strong Side

    1. Jon Bostic

    One sack and one interception last year. 

    2. Shea McClellin

    6.5 sacks in two seasons. 

    3. Khaseem Greene

    One interception and one forced fumble last year. 

Cornerbacks

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    Left Corner

    1. Tim Jennings

    13 interceptions over the past two seasons. 

    2. Kelvin Hayden

    Missed all of last year with a torn hamstring. 

    3. Sherrick McManis

    Eight tackles and one start last year. 

    4. C.J. Wilson

    Appeared in two games last season. 

    Right Corner

    1. Charles Tillman

    154 career games as a Bear. 

    2. Kyle Fuller

    10 pass breakups in nine games last season at Virginia Tech. 

    3. Isaiah Frey

    37 tackles last year as the nickel corner. 

    Nickel Corner

    1. Kyle Fuller

    Only the third corner drafted by the Bears in the first round in team history. 

    2. Kelvin Hayden

    Four fumble recoveries in 2012. 

    3. Isaiah Frey

    No interceptions last season. 

Safeties

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    Free Safety

    1. Chris Conte

    40 starts in three seasons as a Bear. 

    2. M.D. Jennings

    Started 26 games over the past two seasons in Green Bay

    3. Brock Vereen

    First-team All-Big Ten last season. 

    4. Danny McCray

    57 career tackles with the Cowboys

    Strong Safety

    1. Ryan Mundy

    Started 10 games for the Giants last season. Only five starts in his first four seasons. 

    2. Anthony Walters

    13 career tackles. 

    3. Craig Steltz

    Fourth-round pick by the Bears back in 2008. 

    4. Sean Cattouse

    Appeared in only two games since entering the league in 2012. 

Special Teams

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    Place-kicker

    1. Robbie Gould

    Career 86% field goals made. 

    Punter

    1. Drew Butler

    Former Steeler and son of former Bears' kicker Kevin Butler. 

    2. Pat O'Donnell 

    Ranked third nationally last year with a 47.3 yards per punt average. 

    3. Tress Way

    Standout at University of Oklahoma

    Kickoff/Punt Return

    1. Domenik Hixon

    80 kickoff returns in his career. 

    2. Eric Weems

    2010 Pro Bowl appearance for special teams.

    3. Josh Morgan 

    20 kick and punt returns last season. 

    4. Michael Ford

    Five kick returns last season. 

    5. Chris Williams

    Spent time on the Browns' and Saints' practice squad. 

     

     

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