by Wanda/Wiedman // @WandaW63
In the 2014 movie Draft Day, general manager Sonny Weaver Jr. is under pressure as to whom to pick at the number one spot. Throughout the movie, Weaver carries a Post-it note with something written on it. As the drama of his life unfolds, the camera reveals these words, “Vontae Mack no matter what,” linebacker with a chip on his shoulder. Thirty-two teams with thirty-two GMs and head coaches put their jobs on the line for that number one draft pick. The question is who will it be?
For the Chicago Bears, they must go defense no matter what. With the eighth pick in the first-round, they have the option of moving up or trading down, especially if they go defense. The Bears hosted the sought after and elite edge rusher out of North Carolina, Bradley Chubb, just a few weeks ago. They were not disappointed. But what are they willing to trade to get him? Well, with limited picks I don’t see that happening. However, it is the NFL and anything can happen, but Chubb falling to the Bears at eight is a stretch.
So who do the Bears pick at eight? Well, a number of media analysts and Bears fans envision Notre Dame offensive guard Quenton Nelson to be the ONE. But surprisingly, head coach Matt Nagy stated that defensive tackle Rashaad Coward will be moving from defensive tackle to (wait for it….) offensive guard. At 6’-5” and 320 pounds it’s a nice move, but will it be an easy transition? Nagy thinks so and could give the 23-year-old a real chance to play.
With that position filled, the Bears can concentrate on the defensive side, focusing on the pass rush and linebacker positions, which are very thin at the moment. There are five potential draftees that could be on GM Ryan Pace’s Post-it note.
Any one of these players would be a welcome addition to the Bears defense and give them a chance to reclaim their once-explosive secondary. But they could also bolster the corner and safety position if need be. Defensive backs and safeties who have caught the Bears attention are Minkah Fitzpatrick, Denzel Ward, Mike Hughes, Isaiah Oliver, Joshua Jackson, and Tavarious Moore.
Any one of these prospects can make an impact on day one, and it is quite clear that the Bears need to address the defense first. So, who is on your Post-it note?
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