If the 2014 NFL season ended today the Chicago Bears would be drafting 10th overall. They obviously have eight games remaining on their schedule so a lot can change, but with the way the team has looked, they sure look closer to a top 10 draft pick than to a playoff berth.
Long time NFL talent evaluator Gil Brandt, currently an NFL Media senior analyst of NFL.com, recently laid out his top three needs for every NFL team. He has the Bears looking in an obvious direction.
Current Chicago linebackers Lance Briggs, D.J. Williams and Darryl Sharpton are all playing out their contract this season. If I were to lay odds on which could return, they would be slim for the two players over 32 years old, and Sharpton isn't necessarily a guy that should put down roots in Chicago either.
Safeties Chris Conte, Danny McCray and Ahmad Dixon are all free agents in 2015, so we should expect some turnover at this position too. Even if the light bulb goes on for rookie Brock Vereen, the Bears could still a talent infusion at the position.
NFL teams need three starting caliber corners these days and the Bears need another guy they can trust. Charles Tillman may not be offered another deal after this season, but even if he does come back on another one year contract, the Bears still need another high quality player.
A quick peek at CBS Sports big board of draft prospects has Alabama's Junior safety Landon Collins tops at the position. He's listed at strong safety, but their scouts feel he can play either spot.
Washington's Junior outside linebacker Shaq Thompson is their #1 LB and his teammate redshirt Junior Marcus Peters is their #1 corner.
Their #1 inside linebacker is Mississippi State's Benardrick McKinney, also a redshirt Junior. CBS's scouts call him more athlete than linebacker at this point.
Who are some players you've been watching play in college this season that you're hoping come to the Bears?