A recent project for the Sporting News forced me to take a look at the Bears’ draft needs. The direction the team will—or should—take heading to April has sparked great debate on here already and no doubt will continue to do so.
There are a number of ways you can arrange the team’s needs and make plenty of sense. I framed my responses with the knowledge that general manager Jerry Angelo has already stepped out and declared offense to be the organization’s No. 1 priority for the offseason. Angelo’s known for being honest in making these types of assessments, and it’s something to keep in mind when you are thinking about moving safety or defensive tackle up on the club’s list of priorities.
Free agency will shape a lot of what happens in the draft ... but here is one man’s list:
1. Offensive tackle. It’s a good year to be looking for one in the first round even if Ole Miss’ Michael Oher has decided to return to school.
2. Quarterback. The turnstile spun three times this past season.
3. Wide receiver. Bernard Berrian is a free agent and a playmaker is needed even if they manage to bring him back.
4. Safety. Angelo said it best ... he cannot count on Mike Brown.
5. Running back. This need could jump up if the right player is available in the draft but when you look at how Green Bay solved its problems with Ryan Grant, you wonder if the Bears will choose a different path.
6. Defensive tackle. The rotating nose tackle might have hurt Tommie Harris as much as his hamstring and knee.
7. Guard. They don’t have a lot of youth here either.
8. Linebacker. This is one position the team uses to build its core on special teams. Oh yeah, Lance Briggs will probably depart in free agency too.