There are a lot of moving parts for the Chicago Bears before the 2016 NFL Draft kicks off on April 28th. The franchise tag, which can be used beginning on February 22nd, may be in play for unrestricted free agent wide out Alshon Jeffery. Chicago has 23 free agents (20 UFA/3 RFA) they'd like to make decisions on as soon as possible. NFL free agency, which starts on March 15th, will obviously fill some holes on Chicago's roster.
The Bears' needs can be affected depending on their own free agents and on who general manager Ryan Pace brings in from the outside, but it does still seem like Pace will be drafting with a best player available strategy.
What happens with Alshon Jeffery will be a key decision moving forward, but do you think the Bears would draft a wide out in the 1st round after spending the 7th overall pick last year on receiver Kevin White?
Dan Kadar, SB Nation's resident draft guru, recently dropped a 2 round mock draft, and he has the Bears taking the 1st WR off the board.
11. Chicago Bears: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
There was mild outrage in the comments last week when I gave Chicago linebacker Jaylon Smith. I give in. A linebacker like Alabama's Reggie Ragland would be a consideration here, but Treadwell would be a great pickup. Alshon Jeffery isn't guaranteed to be back next season, so at worst Treadwell could be a high-end No. 2 receiver.
If Jeffery re-signs, and if White pans out, then taking Treadwell could give the Bears a formidable trio at the position, but they all seem like outside receivers to me. Treadwell (6'2", 210) is certainly athletic and strong enough to play the slot, but his route running would need to get crisper.
In the second round Kadar has the Bears taking offensive tackle Germain Ifedi from Texas A&M. Ifedi is 6'5", 325 pounds with long arms. He may not have the foot speed to stay at tackle, so a move inside to guard is a possibility.
Be sure to check out Kadar's 2 round mock, then let us know if these are the two players you'd take if you were drafting for the Bears.