Chicago Bears: 2020 NFL Draft Needs
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2020 NFL Draft Needs for the Chicago Bears
April 23rd - April 25th
The Chicago Bears planned on depending on the defense that got them into the postseason a season ago again in 2019. Unfortunately, although their defense still played very well, their offense, led by QB Mitchell Trubisky, was well below average. “Defense wins championships,” they say, but this does not go for Chicago.
The Bears are without their first-round pick, as the Oakland Raiders own it due to the Khalil Mack trade. The Bears do have two second-rounders (one from Oakland due to the same trade), no third-rounder (same trade), no fourth-rounder (Patriots, then traded to Ravens), potentially two fifth and sixth rounders, and a seventh. This is all a confusing way to say the Bears 2020 NFL draft is going to involve a much lighter haul than most other teams.
The Bears defense, as mentioned before, was still a force to be reckoned with in the NFL in 2019. They were 4th in the league in points given up per game, only allowing 18.6 points a contest. They had the 9th ranked rushing defense and held opposing running games to 102 yards on the ground per game. Their passing defense was ranked the exact same at 9th, allowing 222.1 yards per game through the air. There is no question that the Chicago Bears, led by Khalil Mack, Roquan Smith, Eddie Jackson, and others, have one of the best defenses in the league. It should stay this way for some time, and the Bears should not be worried about it one bit.
The Chicago Bears offense was the sole reason as to why the Bears were not a playoff team this season, as it struggled badly. Ranked 29th in the league in points scored per game (17.5), the Bears had a minus score differential, which is crazy seeing how well their defense played. The Bears had the 25th ranked passing game under Mitchell Trubisky, who struggled himself significantly. The running game was even worse, ranked 27th in the NFL, and only averaging a measly 91.1 yards on the ground per game. The Bears need to address their offensive woes in this year’s draft, and in free agency, if they want to even think about being successful in 2020. A big question mark for Chicago has to be Trubisky, and if he is going to be the guy going forward. He did not play good football at all this season, and with a stacked defense like this, there is no room for error. The Bears have the makeup, minus a few underperforming guys, to be championship caliber. I think Bears need to use one of their second-rounders to take an offensive lineman, and possible candidates could be OT Mekhi Becton (Louisville), OG Logan Stenberg (Kentucky), or OG Hakeem Adeniji (Kansas).
If the Bears decide to draft a quarterback for the future, a possible candidate could be Tyler Huntley (Utah). Although he struggled badly in the Alamo Bowl vs Texas, Huntley is still an immense talent and has the potential to be huge in the NFL. He without a doubt is a more risky take than any of the quarterbacks projected to go in the first round, but the Bears do not have the luxury of taking a first-round talent since their pick belongs to the Raiders.
The draft is not as important as the overall offseason for Chicago, as unless they make a trade to bring in some top tier picks in the draft, their selections may not mean much, at least as of right now. In 2020, the Bears ceiling is high, but their basement is also incredibly low.