It's not a bold statement to say that Mitch Trubisky has not lived up to his status as the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft for the Chicago Bears. In fact, he has regressed this season, falling in nearly every statistical category from where he was last year.
While Trubisky has not looked great throwing the ball, he is not the only issue on the Bears' offense. He could benefit in a big way if the Bears added some more talent around him. Chicago does not have a first-round pick this season, due to the Khalil Mack trade. Instead, they have two selections in the second round — picks with which they need to focus on shoring up the offense.
1. Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue
It's clear that Matt Nagy wants to use a tight end in this offense, but Trey Burton has not been the answer, even when he's managed to stay healthy. Brycen Hopkins will likely be one of the first tight end off the board this year. The athletic Boilermaker is a terrific route runner and he can line up anywhere, which makes him especially valuable in an offense that is thin at wide receiver. At 6'5", Hopkins will also be a big target for Trubisky to go to in the red zone.
2. Ben Bredeson, OG, Michigan
Offensive line is the Bears' biggest weakness, so it's crucial that they address it early in the draft. When in doubt, a Big Ten lineman tends to be a safe bet. Ben Bredeson has started at guard for the Wolverines, which is the position of most need, but he was initially recruited as a tackle, showing off his versatility to play wherever he's needed. He has a great finish and would be able to step in immediately and hold his own in both the run and passing game.
3. Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
Trubisky and the Bears could really use another playmaker at wide receiver across from Allen Robinson, and Jalen Reagor can definitely be that guy. He is a big-play threat every time he steps on the field, with TCU's staff saying he has clocked a 4.29 40-yard time — putting him on par with Tyreek Hill. Pairing a playmaker of Reagor's caliber with Robinson could be a huge boon for Trubisky and help Nagy restore some of his reputation as a great offensive mind.
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