NFL Draft 2013: Cornerback Depth Likely a Concern Next Off-Season
The Chicago Bears defense is enjoying great success at the cornerback position this year. Charles Tillman is in the running for Defensive Player of the Year. Tim Jennings leads the league in interceptions with eight so far this season. The Bears arguably have the best cornerback tandem in the league and both more than likely have earned a spot on the All-Pro team come seasons end.
Kelvin Hayden has also been impressive, filling in for the struggling D.J. Moore. Hayden gives the defense a big nickleback, who’s very capable of matching up against bigger slot wide receivers.
When you look at the position, the Bears should be a great shape for the rest of this season; after this season is a whole different story. Moore’s contract runs out at the end of this year, and the Bears are likely to go in a different direction if he’s not able to get his starting job back. Hayden was only signed to a one-year deal in the off-season and might look for more playing time with another ball club.
Isaiah Frey is someone that could get an opportunity for playing time in training camp, but General Manager Phil Emery could once again be searching for CB depth in his second year with the franchise.
Ideal Prospect for the Bears: Desmond Trufant Washington
The Bears wouldn’t possibly select a starting caliber prospect in Trufant high in the draft, when they already have two solid starting corners in Tillman and Jennings right? Here’s my case on why this could possibly happen.
Reason number one: The Bears play in a division with high power passing offenses in the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions. The Packers specifically love to spread the ball around to different receivers which is what makes them the most dangerous offense in the league. Against a team like that, you need more than two solid CB’s.
Reason number two: Tillman will be 32-years old next year and his contract runs out after next season. The Bears will need to find his eventual replacement to develop under him for at least a couple seasons.
Reason number three: Jennings could potentially hold out this summer for more money and years after putting together an incredible season. A skilled corner like Trufant could be great insurance in case such situation happens.
Those three reasons alone are enough to select a player of Trufant ability, who has the skills to be a lock-down corner at the next level. He can line up successfully against big WR’s and can flip his hips and run with speedy WR’s down the field. He’s a complete corner that would be a perfect successor to Tillman once his career’s done in Chicago.
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