NFL Draft 2013: Chicago Bears lack Cornerback Depth
When it comes to the cornerback position for the Chicago Bears; there’s the good, the bad, and the ugly. The good; starting cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings, who will be the NFC starting corners in the Pro Bowl. Tillman has been having a great season for the Bears and was Defensive Player of the Year candidate in the first half of the season. The Bears free-fall after the 7-1 start quiet down those talks, but overall it has been a great year for the veteran. Jennings probably has been the bigger story of the two. The veteran CB went from being bench last season to this season being arguably the best cover corner on the team. So far this season, Jennings has eight interceptions and 19 pass deflections. Opposing quarterbacks have been throwing away from Tillman and Jennings has made them pay.
The bad; D.J. Moore who was once an accomplish nickleback has lost his job this season and is most likely gone after this season. The ugly; Kelvin Hayden who replaced Moore in the line-up and you can make a strong argument that he’s the worst CB on the roster than also includes Zackary Bowman.
The CB position was looked at to be a deep one, but the bottom of the roster after Jennings and Tillman has severely underachieved. The position will need to be upgraded in the off-season.
Ideal Prospect for Bears: Bradley Roby Ohio State
Not only do the Bears need depth at the CB position, they also need an heir apparent to Tillman who turns 32 next year. Jennings is a solid starting corner, but he’s an ideal number two corner. The Bears need a bigger corner to deal with the Calvin Johnson’s and Dez Bryant’s of the world and Roby fits that description.
5-11 190 pounds, Roby plays bigger and physical than his listed size as he tally up 63 tackles for Ohio this year. He’s an instinctive corner that plays the ball very well, as he breaks on the football very quick. He’s also a fast corner that can run with just about any type of wide receiver.
Roby would give the Bears an overall very physical group of corners when you add him with Jennings and Tillman already on the roster. Ideally; Roby would play the nickel his first year, and could move to the outside in 2014 when Tillman contract expires.