2014 NFL Draft: Updating the Chicago Bears’ 5 Biggest Needs

2014 NFL Draft: Updating the Chicago Bears’ 5 Biggest Needs

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Just like every other NFL team at this time of year, the priority list of the Chicago Bears is constantly changing. At first a defensive lineman seemed to be the No. 1 concern, but after numerous free-agent signings, that focus seems to have shifted elsewhere. With the 2014 NFL Draft one month away, let’s take a look at the biggest needs for the Bears up to this point during the offseason.

5. RB

Florida State-James Wilder Jr
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5. RB

Florida State-James Wilder Jr
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If there was one weak spot on the Bears’ offense last year, it was at the backup running back position. Michael Bush didn’t live up to expectations and was released by Chicago this offseason. Starting running back Matt Forte should produce once again in 2014, but the Bears could use some insurance in the backfield. The big body of Florida State’s James Wilder Jr. could help in short-yardage situations.

4. QB

Alabama-A.J. McCarron
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4. QB

Alabama-A.J. McCarron
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With Josh McCown out of the picture, a reliable backup quarterback is definitely needed. Chicago did re-sign Jordan Palmer, who has some familiarity with the offense. However, someone like A.J. McCarron could be worth looking at in the middle of the draft.

3. CB

Michigan State-Darqueze Dennard
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3. CB

Michigan State-Darqueze Dennard
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Although the Bears did re-sign Charles Tillman, Tim Jennings, Kelvin Hayden and Sherrick McManis, cornerback is still a priority on defense. Tillman is coming off an injury-riddled season, and there will be no telling what’s left in his tank once he finishes his 12th season in the NFL. Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard could be a longshot as Chicago’s first pick.

2. DT

Pittsburgh-Aaron Donald
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2. DT

Pittsburgh-Aaron Donald
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Chicago focused a lot on the defensive line this offseason. The Bears seem to be set at defensive end but could possibly use another body in the interior of the defensive front. Chicago could luck out and get Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald, the No. 1 rated defensive tackle in the draft.

1. S

Louisville-Calvin Pryor
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1. S

Louisville-Calvin Pryor
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Some say that safety isn’t their No. 1 priority, but I say it better be. Chicago has signed numerous safeties this offseason, but there is much better talent at the position in the draft. If Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or Louisville’s Calvin Pryor is available, the Bears should use their 14th overall pick on one of them.

Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller.


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