As the Chicago Bears look to rebound from last year's underwhelming 8-8 campaign, they'll have to make some roster moves in the process. Some of those moves were made in free agency, then there was the surprising trade for Nick Foles to upgrade the quarterback position. Now the Bears look to the 2020 NFL Draft in order to add more talent. Getting players into the pipeline and developing them is key for any team to have long-term success.
Offensive line, defensive line, and linebacker are more pressing needs for Matt Nagy's team, but there are other positions that could use additional depth. Here are some players (in alphabetical order) for various other positions that the Bears could have their eyes on when the draft starts this weekend.
Reggie Corbin, RB, Illinois
The only running backs on the Bears' roster at the moment are David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen, and Ryan Nall. Nall is more of a fullback, and since Matt Nagy likes to rotate both Montgomery and Cohen (sometimes uses them in the same formation), the Bears need depth at this position, especially in case of an injury. Corbin posted 2,704 yards from scrimmage with 18 combined touchdowns during his time with the Illini. Corbin should still be available in the later rounds, which is where the Bears have the majority of their draft picks this year.
Alohi Gilman, S, Notre Dame
Gilman has a nose for the football as evidenced by the 244 career tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, 12 pass deflections, and five forced fumbles he recorded while at Navy and later Notre Dame. The Bears could use depth at safety and Gilman can provide that.
Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue
The Bears have already been busy remaking their tight end room. First Demetrius Harris was signed to a one-year deal in late February. Then, Chicago signed former Green Bay Packer Jimmy Graham at the start of free agency. The next big move came on Friday when the team announced it was releasing Trey Burton. Lack of production was a big issue for this position last season but it remains to be seen if these moves will change that. Graham's numbers have been trending down while Harris has proven himself to be more of a blocker than a receiver thus far.
The Bears have seven other tight ends (Adam Shaheen, Jesper Horsted, J.P. Holtz, Ben Braunecker, Eric Saubert, Dax Raymond and Darion Clark) currently on the roster but the entire position (including Burton) produced a grand total of 46 receptions for 416 yards and two touchdowns last season. With so many unproven options and question marks, it wouldn't surprise if the Bears add another tight end through the draft.
Several mock drafts have Hopkins ending up with the Bears. At Purdue, Hopkins established himself as both a receiver (130 rec., 1,945 yds., 16 TDs as a Boilermaker) and a serviceable blocker. Change is already coming to this position group so adding Hopkins would only increase the competition in training camp.
Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota
With Taylor Gabriel gone, the Bears need someone to step up as a slot receiver. Anthony Miller, Riley Ridley, and Javon Wims figure to get their opportunities, but Chicago could choose to add another candidate to the competition. Johnson was one of the most productive receivers in the Big Ten during this Gophers career, catching 199 passes for 3,164 yards and 32 touchdowns over his last three seasons. He knows how to use his size (6-1, 206) to his advantage, has great hands, and can make contested catches. He could become a valuable red-zone target if given the opportunity.
Brandon Jones, S, Texas
Like Gilman, Jones also has a knack for getting to the football. He collected 232 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, seven pass deflections, and three interceptions for the Longhorns over the last four seasons. Either safety would seemingly be a good fit for what is a somewhat unsettled position right now.
Lamical Perine, RB, Florida
Here's another player who can fit in with what Nagy likes to do on offense. With the Gators, Perine was used as a rusher, receiver and return specialist. He recorded 3,245 all-purpose yards and 30 total touchdowns over 50 career games. Similar to Corbin, Perine's skill set could provide the Bears with quality depth in the backfield.
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