3 Players the Bears Need to Avoid With Their Top Draft Pick
By Max Staley
The Chicago Bears are coming off a disappointing 2019 campaign that saw them finish 8-8 and third in the NFC North. Without a first-round pick, though, the team will need to hit on its two second rounders to really reload next season.
With that in mind, let's take a look at three players the Bears need to avoid selecting with their first pick in the second round.
1. Any Quarterback
Chicago went out and added Nick Foles to its QB room this offseason. That trade definitively signaled that the team is still in win-now mode, and it needs to use that pick on a player who can contribute from day one – not a third-string QB.
2. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin Badgers
David Montgomery had an underwhelming rookie season in Chicago, but he was running behind the league's No. 20 run-blocking unit. Rather than try to improve the run game by finding a new lead back, the Bears should invest in rebuilding their offensive line. This isn't a knock against Jonathan Taylor, it's just a reflection of Chicago's needs.
3. Antoine Winfield Jr. , DB, Minnesota Golden Gophers
After grading out as the league's best pass defense in 2018, according to Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics, the Bears took a big step back in that regard in 2019, finishing at No. 8. While the team does need to address the secondary, safety wasn't the problem last year. Deon Bush finished with an 81.9 overall grade from Pro Football Focus, and Eddie Jackson is one of the most dynamic playmakers in football. As talented as Antoine Winfield Jr. is, the Bears would be far better off drafting a cornerback.
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