Whenever NFL pundits forecast the Chicago Bears selecting a wide receiver with the 20th overall pick on Thursday Night, I begin to cringe. The offense was inefficient to say the least last year, but wasting a first round pick on a wideout would show gluttony by the Bears. Chicago is in a great position to improve a club that choked away a postseason berth last season and the risk is not worth the reward.
At 20 the Bears have a ton of opportunities, however if they don’t address weakness at DT, LB, CB, or OL this first round selection will not go over well with Bears faithful. General manager Phil Emery has done a wonderful job eliminating excuses for Jay Cutler entering a contract year by adding both Maretellus Bennett and Jermon Bushrod this offseason. Those moves combined with an upcoming sophomore season from Alshon Jeffery make the Bears once disgruntled offense a new found strength.
Brandon Marshall does not have a contract after the 2014 season, but his ability to be the best wide receiver in the division not named Calvin Johnson is not going anywhere.
In a perfect world, the Bears would see one of the top two guards slip to pick number 20 considering after Chance Warmack and Johnathan Cooper the guard value drops quite a bit. More than likely, Chicago will not have Cooper available, however notable cornerbacks like Desmond Trufant could provide aid to an aging secondary. With only three defensive tackles on the roster, the Bears could sure up the defensive trenches with a selection like Sheldon Richardson at pick 20.
The holes are vast for Chicago, so drafting a wide receiver on Thursday Night makes little to no sense.