Team Needs: Chicago Bears
NEEDS RATING KEY
5.0 - High priority. This is a position that is a glaring weakness and there is the likelihood that this team cannot compete next year without making a major addition here.
4.0 - Medium Priority. This is an area that is an obvious weakness, but the team isn't quite desperate to make a major move here possibly because they have some young potential. But this is an area that if the team cannot fix via free agency, will definitely use one of their picks in the first three or four rounds to supplement.
3.0 - Upgrade Potential. This is a position that isn't a weakness per se, but there is significant room for an upgrade. If the right player comes along they will certainly snag him, but if they don't fix this position with a major free agent addition or early round pick, then it's not the end of the world.
2.0 - Depth Need. An area where there is a need to add depth. Perhaps there is an aging veteran and they might want to start to look at grooming his heir apparent or replacement. Not likely to be a high priority and a position that more than likely will be address in the middle and late rounds rather than with a top pick.
1.0 - Future Need. This is an area that is not a priority, and doesn't initially appear as a need. But there is some room to develop some depth for perhaps two or more years down the line. This is usually an area that a team will look at in the late rounds if at all.
0.0 - Non-need. This is a position that is a strength of their team, they have a solid starter, capable depth, and/or a young player at the position that they like and want to develop. Very little possibility this area is addressed and would be the equivalent of a wasted draft pick.
Top 10 Needs
1. OT - 4.0
2. WR - 3.5
3. CB - 3.0
4. LB - 3.0
5. TE - 3.0
6. S - 3.0
7. OG - 3.0
8. DE - 3.0
9. DT - 2.5
10. QB - 2.0
Quarterback - The Bears will look to upgrade the backup position behind Jay Cutler since Caleb Hanie was a complete wash. He and Josh McCown are both free agents, and one might return, but they might look for a better veteran on the open market. Nathan Enderle is their developmental backup at the No. 3 spot. NEED: 2.0
Running Back - The Bears want to re-up with Matt Forte, but negotiations could be protracted and the team will probably look at shoring up their depth here. Marion Barber had his moments this past year, but he's not guaranteed to be back. And Kahlil Bell isn't good enough to carve a bigger role in the offense than he already has. NEED: 1.5
Fullback - Tyler Clutts is a serviceable lead blocker that can also contribute on special teams. There is room to get better here, but it won't be a high priority. NEED: 1.5
Wide Receiver - Devin Hester, Johnny Knox, and Earl Bennett are all solid complementary receivers, but none have really emerged as a go-to threat. Getting a No. 1 receiver that can scare defenses is something they would look to find, but may not be as big a priority to them as most outsiders think it should be. NEED: 3.5
Tight End - Kellen Davis is a big physical target that flashed some potential as a receiver, but is probably ideal as a No. 2 than a No. 1. They will look to upgrade this spot with a more dynamic weapon here. NEED: 3.0
Offensive Tackle - J'Marcus Webb really struggled at left tackle, and Gabe Carimi's injury issues raises some question marks about his potential to develop. They really need to upgrade the left side first, and between Webb, Carimi, Lance Louis, and Gabe Carimi they can figure out what they have on the right side. NEED: 4.0
Offensive Guard - Chris Williams has been serviceable at left guard and Chris Spencer was solid on the right side, replacing Louis. Edwin Williams is also in the mix to push one of the starters, likely Williams. THey can get better here as well, but they have enough bodies already that through competition they should feel relatively comfortable. NEED: 3.0
Center - Roberto Garza did a solid job in his first year full-time at center, although they might add another developmental option behind him since Williams might have a future at guard. NEED: 1.5
Defensive Tackle - Henry Melton had a solid breakout year, and Amobi Okoye found more success in Chicago than he did in Houston. And he should be back as a free agent. Matt Toeaina and Stephen Paea look like they will be solid run stuffers, but they will look at more help to the rotation that can put pressure on the QB. NEED: 2.5
Defensive End - Julius Peppers needs another good pass rusher across from him, since Israel Idonije started to show his age this year. Corey Wootton has yet to emerge, and they will likely add someone else to the mix. NEED: 3.0
Linebacker - Both Brian Urlacher and Nick Roach are entering their contract years, and Lance Briggs has been upset about his deal with two years left. They need to start to revamp this position and start looking for the long-term replacements for Urlacher and Briggs. NEED: 3.0
Cornerback - Tim Jennings, Zack Bowman, and Corey Graham are free agents. Jennings is a serviceable veteran, but more of a stopgap. Charles Tillman is a solid No. 1, but he's starting to slow down. They need to start developing more young talent since Bowman and D.J. Moore haven't quite lived up to expectations. NEED: 3.0
Safety - Brandon Meriweather didn't really help out and won't be back. Going forward Chris Conte and Major Wright are their likely starters going forward. But this is a position that they've struggled over the years to get consistency from since Mike Brown left four years ago. NEED: 3.0
Kicker - Robbie Gould has been one of the more consistent kickers in the league over the years. NEED: 0.0
Punter - Adam Podlesh was a good pick up for them that has several years ahead of him. NEED: 0.0
Return Specialist - Devin Hester is Devin Hester. NEED: 0.0
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