Taking a look at the Bears’ draft needs


Bears G.M. Phil Emery has put the pieces in place for coach Marc Trestman to build an elite NFL offense.

The defense? Not so much.

Chicago’s defense struggled all season, and although the Bears did add a couple of big-name free-agent defensive ends in Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston, there’s more work to do. As we look at the Bears’ draft needs, we see a lot of needs on the Bears’ D.

What’s the Bears’ biggest need on defense? Let us know what you think.

16 responses to “Taking a look at the Bears’ draft needs

  1. It’s a very, very tough call. Both Donald and Clinton-Dix are players that would have an immediate impact on the defense. We can fill that run gap w/who we have now especially since both ends may have to be doubled. I think, for the money we should swoop up Clinton-Dix and finally have a ball hawking head hunter out there. Let’s remember we play Rodgers & Stafford twice a year. Having Clinton-Dix out there waiting to strike will definitely race through WR’s minds. And maybe he’ll inspire Conte to play better. On a side note, I also believe we are going to see an improvement at LB with McClellan. He played the position mostly in college and a majority of his high lite reels before the draft were him doing just what he’ll be doing this year.

  2. I’ve been on the DT bandwagon all off-season, wanting the Bears to get a big, beefy guy for the middle of the line, but I’m starting to sway toward LB/DB now. You can usually get linemen later in the draft and, chances are, a 4th rounder will be a bit hungrier than a 1st. So, I’m going to change my mind and say the Bears should go with a defensive skill position in the first round. Clinton-Dix or Pryor, if available, or maybe even Moseley, as neither Bostic or Greene are suited for MLB.

  3. Drafting Mosely would basically be Emery admitting he missed on Bostic last year. Emery has shown much more willingness than his predecessor to own up to mistakes but I don’t see him spending three draft picks on the LB position in two years. Not to mention if youre gonna take a LB top 15 he had better be a Luke Kuechly caliber player and Mosely isn’t in that class.

  4. Kind of crazy that for the first time in years the answer isn’t offensive line. Safety is the biggest concern in my opinion. Bostic needs to improve but he is still just a second year guy. Safety then d line, the linebacker.

  5. yeah it would really be smart for the bears to get a tackle instead of a safety aor corner. they can always get those later as that strategy has paid off so well in the past. then they can draft more guys like major wright and the 15 other guys whose names I can’t remember in the 3rd. round or later. if dix or dennard are there then take them. conte can still be good if he doesn’t have to play linebacker like he was doing most of last season, chasing down guys who had broken thru into the secondary. this year he will have a pass rush and won’t have to cover guys for 5 min. at a time.

  6. Conte apparently was playing with an injured shoulder for some or all of last season. That certainly would explain his terrible tackling but it wouldn’t explain the serious mental lapses he had literally every game. My take on Conte is he is a decent athlete who lacks football intelligence and instincts. If the new coaching staff can salvage him here in the last year of his contract, more power to them but I seriously doubt he ever starts for the Bears again.

  7. Blaming Conte for the awful defense is just ignorant. He was third in the team in tackles and the other safety was second. When two of the leading tacklers on the team are safeties then the defense has huge problems like crapoy linebackers and linemen. Oh, and the big play given up last year to the Packers? The defensive call was for him to protect against a first down. Blame the defensive coordinator, not the safety.

  8. My preferred order would be
    If Donald and Dix are gone and someone great drops the others are so close I would pray for and trade down of any sort to gain more picks.

  9. There is no debate. we have had only 2 bonified pro bowl safeties in the last 60 years other than Fencik or Plank. 1 of them played before most of you were boorn, Richie Petitbon. If we get a top rated free safety like Clinton Dix or Calvin Pryor, we are going to the Superbowl! Also, voice of sweetness, I know the people have talked about Pryor’s hitting, as if he were a strong safety, but after researching him, he is a good free safety the can cover the best receivers, he has the range and speed necessary to do so. So I would be happy with either of the 2 top safeties in the draft. There are defensive ends in round 2 that can still contribute mightily

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