The Bears were good enough (or bad enough?) last year to earn the eighth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. While the Bears are without a third-round pick because of the trade for Mitchell Trubisky, they gained an extra fourth-round pick from Arizona when the Cardinals moved up to take Washington safety, Budda Baker. They could potentially lose a seventh rounder as part of the Dontrelle Inman trade, though that has not yet been confirmed. With the quarter back situation presumably taken care of, the Bears need to address ways to help aid Trubisky’s growth. They should also look for ways to improve their secondary as the front seven can only carry the defense so far.
Best Case Scenario: Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
Possible Picks: Calvin Ridley, Quenton Nelson, Roquan Smith
The Pick: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
While the Bears could hope an early run on quarterbacks allows them to pick up the second best player in the draft, I wouldn’t bet on it happening. Receiver is the Bear’s biggest need and Calvin Ridley is far and away the best in this year’s draft class. He has elite speed and, when paired with his six-one height, is a mismatch for almost any corner. He runs his routes exceptionally well and has succeeded against many elite defenses in the SEC. Ridley has future superstar written all over him.
Best Case Scenario: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
Possible Picks: Any of the CBs available, Christian Kirk, Isaiah Wynn, Sam Hubbard
The Pick: Tavarus McFadden
While nothing can match last year’s insane cornerback depth, this class is no slouch either. While I think Alexander will be gone before they pick, they could still be choosing between corners: Isaiah Oliver, Carlton Davis, Mike Hughes, Anthony Averett and Tavarus McFadden. I believe the pick will be McFadden. The Bears finished the year with eight interceptions, tied for the third lowest amount in the league. While he didn’t have any picks this year, he finished with eight last season, he did have 10 pass breakups. He has elite closing speed and is very good at attacking the ball. Florida State has produced cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey, Xavier Rhodes and Ronald Darby in recent years, and safety Derwin James should also be an early selection. McFadden should be the next Florida State corner to thrive in the NFL.
The Bears do not have a third-round pick because they traded up for Mitchell Trubisky in last year’s draft. However, if they did have this pick, a couple of players they could look at are defensive lineman out of USC, Rasheem Green; tight end from South Carolina, Hayden Hurst; or defensive lineman out of Florida, Taven Bryan.