Chicago Bears Team Needs: Draft Wrap Up
The Chicago Bears had specific position targets heading into the 2016 NFL Draft. It was clear that the Bears intent was to get players that help build the defense to what it once was and to draft players that compliment defensive coordinator, Vic Fangio’s 3-4 scheme. Chicago did an excellent job of filling their defensive needs and adding some depth at running back and wide receiver. Although the Bears achieved their mission, there are still some areas that need additional attention in the free agent market.
The biggest concern following the draft was the fact Chicago didn’t take any quarterbacks. This 2016 draft features a very weak class of quarterbacks but one would think that a QB would have at least been a priority. The Bears have addressed this need for now by signing free agent quarterback Brian Hoyer. Although Hoyer is a nice addition for the Bears, he is simply a band aid for what the Bears really need; a quarterback of the future. There are plenty of diamonds in the rough available in free agency and the Bears coaching stuff needs to take a look at what is out there and bring someone in with potential, one that can learn and adapt. Next year may be the same type of quarterback class, it is time for the Bears to start working on this now because Cutler’s window of opportunity could slam shut fast.
Letting go of Martellus Bennett is still going to affect the Bears as they head into 2016. Yes, Zach Miller had some shining moments last year but he is injury prone. Right now the tight end depth chart is filled with average veterans that should be able to get the job done, but in this league, a strong blocking tight end with good hands is what is needed to succeed, the Bears lack consistency in that area. Bringing in a young tight end should be a top priority moving into training camp. The Bears are a team with solid wide receivers and balancing this offense with a tight end, someone Cutler can depend on, is key for his continued confidence and success that sprouted in 2015.
Kick Return Specialist
Since Devin Hester was sent packing to Atlanta in 2014, the Bears return game has been less than stellar. The Bears have traditionally a team that lives off of special teams and this is an area where the Bears can have the edge over their NFC North foes. A 4th string wide receiver just isn't going to cut it here anymore, the Bears need to hit the stats and dig through rookie free agents, it's time to breathe new life into this lifeline Chicago has depended on for so long.
Mal McCauley is a NFC North writer for Pro Football Spot.