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NFL Offseason Grades: Chicago Bears

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

​Free Agency

The Bears did not make any big splashes ​in free agency. The signed barely anyone and released a leader in their secondary. Antrel Rolle will be sorely missed on this defense as he was a leader and a solid player in the secondary. They also released a solid player in the interior of their offensive line in Matt Slauson. Slauson was a great guard for the Bears.

​NFL Draft 

RD 1: OLB Leonard Floyd, Georgia

RD 2: OG Cody Whitehair, Kansas State

RD 3: DT Jonathan Bullard, Florida

RD 4: LB Nick Kwiatkoski, West Virginia

RD 4: S Deon Bush, Florida

RD 4: CB/S Deiondre' Hall, Northern Iowa

RD 5: HB Jordan Howard, Indiana

RD 6: FS DeAndre Houston-Carson, William & Mary

RD 7: WR Daniel Braverman, Western Michigan

The Bears had a lot of holes to fill through the draft on the defensive side of the ball. They filled a lot of these holes with solid players on the draft.

They traded up to get their man in the first round. They got a Swiss army knife that can attack from anywhere on the defense in Leonard Floyd. John Fox needed a player to serve the role that Von Miller filled in his defense in Denver. Floyd can easily fill this role, as he is a better coverage linebacker than Miller. He also has great speed to go with an explosive first step.

In the second round the Bears were able to grab a younger guard that was the best available in the draft. He has great technique and will be perfect to add to this young line. He will be able to take pressure off of Kyle Long and he will solidify the interior of the line.

The next two rounds were spent on defense. They grabbed a tackle that was good enough to go in the first round. Bullard will provide a solid pass rush and will be an upgrade against the run. They also grabbed a linebacker that can contribute on special teams while he develops into the rotation. Then they picked two solid secondary players that are punishing hitters. They both can cover well and should have a spot in the rotation in the secondary this season.

Then they stole a power back that punishes defenses. Howard is a load that barrels through the hole, and will be a great compliment to Jeremy Langford. They then ended with two flyers on a safety and and a small receiver from Western Michigan.

Overall, their draft was filled with steals and can set up the defense to be competitive in the very near future.

GRADE: B-

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