Chicago could use their 3rd overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft to find their next top defensive end. The likelihood that Myles Garrett will fall to the 3rd pick is very remote, so the Bears will give Alabama standout Jonathan Allen some solid consideration, should he slip past the 49ers with the 2nd overall pick.
Allen would be a beast at defensive end for the Bears. He is agile for a player his size, and can frequently disrupt opposing offensive lines. Adding Allen would also allow for a better pass rush from their outer linebackers.
Chicago's defense needs upgrades this off-season, whether through the draft, free agency, or trades. Drafting Allen would be a solid start to making these upgrades, and would allow the Bears to focus their attention on their secondary in rounds 2-4.
Chicago has put Jay Cutler on the trade block, thus likely ending his tenure with the Bears. This leaves the Bears in need of a potential franchise quarterback. Mitch Trubisky is the top rated quarterback in this year's crop. He has solid arm strength, accuracy, and field vision.
Trubisky would be an ideal fit into the Bears' offense. He would be considered an immediate upgrade over Cutler, and would bring more leadership to the huddle on each offensive down. Chicago is certainly hoping both the Browns, and 49ers (two teams also in need of franchise quarterbacks) both pass on Trubisky.
Chicago may focus on improving their defense in the opening rounds, and look for a capable starting quarterback to develop during rounds 2-4. Though, it's difficult seeing the Bears passing on Trubisky if he's still on the board versus waiting for a later round to find their quarterback of the future.
Chicago's defense looked stale for most of last season, primarily in the secondary. The Bears could use several upgrades within their secondary. One name being discussed is LSU standout Jamal Adams. Adams is the top rated safety in the 2017 NFL Draft, and his upside is so good that it's not impossible he could be drafted this low.
Adams is the total package. He hits like a wrecking ball, and has solid coverage skills for a safety. He is also fast enough to be utilized in blitz packages. It's hard to see the Bears passing on either Allen, or Trubisky in order to select Adams with the 3rd pick, but the possibility does exist, given the poor play from the position last season.
Another possible outcome is the Bears make a deal, and trade down to secure extra picks. In this scenario, they could target QB's DeShone Kizer, and Clemson standout Deshaun Watson. Also, the Bears could improve their secondary by looking at corners Marshon Lattimore, or Marlon Humphrey, in addition to giving Ohio State's Malik Hooker strong consideration later in the 1st round.
If you were the GM of the Chicago Bears, which player would you take, or would you make a trade?
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