An early overview of the Chicago Bears roster reveals they may already have some ideas about what to do in the 2015 NFL draft. Here are some players to watch.
Kurtis Drummond – FS – Michigan State
Darqueze Dennard and the front seven got most of the credit for the awesome success of the Michigan State defense in 2013, but none of it would’ve been possible without free safety Kurtis Drummond. At 6’1″ he has the desired pro size and his instincts and ability to read the quarterback were on display constantly during the season. He’s technically sound, plays the football well and rarely takes a bad angle when making a tackle. Given how much Bears safeties struggle to do any of that, he would be most welcome.
Randy Gregory – DE – Nebraska
Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston and Willie Young look like tremendous additions at defensive end for the Bears. However, it’s important to remember that the two best pass rushers out of that group, Allen and Young are the oldest. Allen is 32 and Young turns 29 in September. Chicago needs a youth infusion to their pass rush arsenal. They could do way worse than Randy Gregory. Athletic, long and stronger than his 250-lbs frame suggests, the Nebraska product has the skill set to play defensive end and get after the quarterback.
Todd Gurley – RB – Georgia
It’s no accident that Marshawn Lynch is frequently the one used to make comparisons on Georgia running back Todd Gurley. The kid is not only big at 6’1″ but has deceptive speed and runs with serious power. Matt Forte is still the man for Chicago, but he’s 28-years old and as yet the Bears haven’t unearthed anything resembling a replacement. Gurley would become that answer, as well as a much needed short yardage specialist.
P.J. Williams – CB – Florida State
Kyle Fuller was only the beginning. He is the future of the Bears defense at corner but he’s only one man. It takes more than one corner to effectively stop an offense so don’t be surprised if Phil Emery goes to the well again early in the 2015 NFL draft. Using Fuller as a base line (tall, athletic, instinctive, physical), Chicago would really like what they see from P.J. Williams. The Florida State standout fulfills all those traits and also has a knack for big plays in big moments.
Devin Funchess – TE – Michigan
Martellus Bennett is essentially a one-man show for the Chicago Bears at tight end. Neither Dante Rosario or Matthew Mulligan offer much in the way of offensive depth. Adding another pass catcher at the position could open up the offense even further. Michigan tight end Devin Funchess is generating a lot of buzz lately, built in the same style of recent picks like Eric Ebron and Tyler Eifert. While not the best blocker, he gives defenses fits with his ability to move around the formation and cause matchup problems with his 6’5″ frame. He also has speed, which he uses to turn short passes into longer gains.
Denzel Perryman – ILB – Miami (Fl.)
It’s tough to admit, but the Bears have really struggled at linebacker ever since Brian Urlacher left. They look old and slow at some positions and woefully inconsistent at others. Adding another young and fast talent to the corps can only increase the competition and help the unit improve. Denzel Perryman of Miami fits that profile. He’s athletic, uses his hands very well to shed blocks, and has the instincts to cut off passing lanes. A high motor and leader as well. The Chicago Bears have so much work to do before next April, but getting one of these players will certainly be a goal. Image Source: NFL
801 total views, 1 views today