Need No. 11--Fullback
Players on roster
FB Jason McKie (signed through 2011)
FB Jason Davis (2009)
The Bears went to more double tight-end sets in 2008 with Desmond Clark and Greg Olson and the result was less playing time for Jason McKie, who missed five games with a quad injury. The expectation with the arrival of quarterback Jay Cutler is that the Bears will continue as is or perhaps use the position even less. It seems fullbacks are less involved every year when you look across the landscape of the league. McKie was a dependable outlet in short-yardage and goalline situations until his usage became predictable. The Bears consider McKie to be an above-average fullback and he has some value for them on special teams.
The biggest debate here may be what could turn into a roster battle between Davis and running backs Adrian Peterson and Garrett Wolfe. Given Wolfe's value on special teams last season, that could quickly become a battle between Davis and Peterson for one of the final 53 spots. The Bears began last season with four running backs and one fullback, bringing Davis in on their practice squad before he was eventually promoted. A lot of teams carry just three running backs on their 53. McKie is back to full strength from what was a pretty good quad muscle pull. He's been pretty durable appearing in 42 games over the last three seasons. Given how little the Bears are expected to use the position, it wouldn't be a surprise if they go with just one fullback. But Peterson will have to show more entering the final year of his contract.
Who the Bears have been looking at
We have not identified any players the Bears have been keeping tabs on at this position. College scouting director Greg Gabriel attended the Syracuse pro day where Tony Fiammetta was on display. He's the consensus No. 1 fullback in this draft but will likely come off the board in the middle rounds and considering the Bears' needs, their offense and their track record with the position in the draft, selecting Fiammetta seems unlikely.
Coming Friday morning: Guard.
Coming Friday afternoon: Outside linebacker.