By Bryan Dietzler
The 2016 NFL Draft will take place this Thursday night in Chicago and the Bears will be on the clock fairly early in the first round as they have the 11th pick in the draft. This will be General Manager Ryan Pace’s second draft and the Bears need him to be on his game in drafting quality players that will help them out in the short and long term. This team has built through free agency over the past couple of seasons and will need to use the draft to help supplement what they have already on the roster.
What are the Bear’s top needs heading into this draft? They could use help at several positions but the positions that stick out include defensive line, cornerback, tight end, linebacker (both inside and outside) as well as running back. The Bears have several picks in which to fill these positions and will work hard to try to make this team better.
The following is a look at the picks the Bears have, the round they are in and in what position in the draft these picks are in.
First Round: 11th selection overall.
Second Round: 41st selection overall.
Third Round: 72nd selection overall.
Fourth Round: 106th selection overall.
Fourth Round: 127th selection overall.
Fifth Round: 150th selection overall.
Sixth Round: 185th selection overall.
Sixth Round: 206th selection overall.
Seventh Round: 230th selection overall.
The Bears have a total of nine picks in this year’s draft.
For comparison, here is a look at last year’s draft for the Bears:
First Round: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
Second Round: Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
Third Round: Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
Fourth Round: Jeremy Langford, RB, Michigan State
Fifth Round: Adrian Amos, S, Penn State
Sixth Round: Tayo Fabuluje, OT, TCU
Out of last year’s draft the Bears got starting play out of four of those players. White was forced to miss the season due to a leg injury. The draft, overall, was pretty productive but would have been much better had White been able to play.
Hopefully the Bears will have as much or better success with this year’s draft and be able to bring in a lot of talent that will be able to start as soon as possible or a year down the line. Let’s hope it’s a great draft for the Bears.