When the Bears started before the NFL Draft on Thursday, many people thought they needed defensive help. After spending four of their six draft picks on offense, they may still, but there are some things to feel good about.
Overall, here's how the draft fell for the Bears:
|1st||Kevin White||WR||West Virginia||Pick - Conference - Grades|
|2nd||Eddie Goldman||DL||Florida State||Pick - Conference Call|
|3rd||Hroniss Grasu||OL||Oregon||Pick - Conference Call|
|4th||Jeremy Langford||RB||Michigan State||Pick - Conference Call|
|5th||Adrian Amos||S||Penn State||Pick - Conference Call|
|6th||Tayo Fabuluje||OT||TCU||Pick - Conference Call|
The Bears spent three of their first four picks on the offensive side, with all three having a chance to push for significant playing time. Kevin White can step in pretty much instantly across from Alshon Jeffery. Grasu could push Will Montgomery for starting time at center, and with the return of Matt Slauson, that could make for a much more impressive interior than last year's late-season core of Michael Ola/Jordan Mills and Roberto Garza alongside Kyle Long. And while Jeremy Langford won't overtake Matt Forte in 2014, he could push for third-down snaps to help keep Forte fresh.
Defensively, Eddie Goldman jumps into the starting competition for a defensive lineman spot, and Adrian Amos gives the Bears a true deep coverage option at safety, the perennial position of weakness for the Bears.
There are, however, a couple questions with this draft.
The big one being, did the Bears do enough on defense? They got their defensive lineman, but they didn't pick up a pass rusher nor a cornerback to play alongside Kyle Fuller and/or Tim Jennings. They did make a couple significant additions in free agency, namely Pernell McPhee, Mason Foster, and Ray McDonald, but there are a number of inherited linebackers on roster that it appears the Bears are interested in seeing at those spots first.
No, not every hole can be filled in one draft. But another way to approach the draft is to further shore up positions, such as what the Bears did at receiver and running back. Matt Forte's contract is up at year's end. Alshon Jeffery will be due a payday after this season, and the options after him are all either unproven or journeymen.
It's not always about filling immediate holes, it's also about anticipating which could be potential holes and preemptively filling them.
Now that the draft is completed, what are your thoughts on the draft as a whole?