Looking back on the season, I have no idea how the Chicago Bears are drafting 14th overall right now.
They had the second best scoring offense in the NFL last season, only having the Denver Broncos (or the greatest offense in the history of football) beat them. However, the Bears accomplished this feat despite having the 22nd ranked number of offensive snaps and two different quarterbacks start.
Oh wait, it came to me why the Bears are picking so high; they had the worst defense in the NFL last season.
This defensive unit was absolutely atrocious against the run last year, ranking 32nd among all NFL teams and that doesn't even describe how bad it was. I'm sure Brian Urlacher is having the last laugh now.
1. Defensive Tackle
The Chicago Bears lost their two best defensive lineman this offseason in Julius Peppers and Henry Melton. While the Bears did replace Julius Peppers nicely with run stuffing and a promising pass rusher in Lamaar Woodley, they didn't do much to replace the major loss in Henry Melton.
The Bears could really use a run stuffing defensive tackle as well in the draft to go along with Lamaar Houston. Looking back at this defense, it was clear that the defensive line was the issue, being pushed around and leaving gaping holes in the run game. A run stuffing defensive tackle like Timmy Jernigan out of Florida State, who dominated in the National Championship, could really help this unit.
While the Chicago Bears could use a cornerback and another linebacker to help out this defensive unti, I think the only other position beside defensive tackle that the Bears will consider at 14 would be safety.
The Bears clearly need a safety after watching Chris Conte struggle all year and losing Major Wright. They have been working out both safeties Haha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor lately so safety could be the pick here.
However, I expect Haha Clinton-Dix to be off the board no later than 13 overall to the St. Louis Rams who desperately need a safety as well. However, even if he was available, I believe that Calvin Pryor out of Louisville would be the favorite over Haha Clinton-Dix out of Alabama due to him being a more physical box safety who would provide more against the run.
What I Would Do
If I were the Chicago Bears I'm trading down every chance I can. This is a very deep draft class and they have many holes on defense. Why not stock pile picks and use most of them on that side of the ball?
However, if trading down isn't an option, I'm taking Timmy Jernigan, defensive tackle out of Florida State. He excels against the run and again, the problem was the Bears front 7 (mainly front 4) not being able to plug up holes in the ground game. He would do just that and I believe this is the route the Bears will go.