Bears fans, the draft is over. While I’m sure a lot are upset we didn’t target wide receivers a bit more, the roster did get a few key additions that make it better than it was. Let’s take a look at the state of the offense as it currently stands.
Justin Fields, Trevor Siemian and Ryan Willis
It all comes down to Justin Fields. If he succeeds, then this group succeeds. Nick Foles was shipped out on Sunday morning. Trevor Siemian is a fine backup while Offensive Coordinator Luke Getsy gets a little side project in Ryan Willis.
David Montgomery, Khalil Herbert, Darryton Evans, Trestan Ebner.
This group is stacked! David Montgomery is a true 3-down back. Khalil Herbert could be starting on a ton of teams across the NFL. Darryton Evans is a 3rd down pass-catching back with Specials Teams ability. This group is set. I really like this addition of Trestan Ebner, you can never have enough RB depth. Ebner will excel on special teams and on 3rd down with an upside to be a 3-down back one day. I didn’t expect this group to get much better, but it did.
I am so excited we have a FB on the roster. Blasingame is a big athletic FB, who can do it all. This is going to be a tough, physical, punch you in the mouth team. Signing Clint Ratkovich and letting him learn and rehab his ACL is something I would love.
Darnell Mooney, Byron Pringle, Velus Jones Jr, Equanimeous St. Brown, David Moore, Dazz Newsome, Isaiah Coulter, Nsimba Webster.
Darnell Mooney is the only established player if you think about it. Bryon Pringle is a fast, tough, slot guy who never really got a shot stuck behind some dynamic weapons in Kansas City. He was a dependable guy for Patrick Mahomes and is going to ball out for the Bears. I love the Velus Jones Jr. pick in the 3rd round, this kid is special. At first, people will complain about his age. The age doesn’t worry me, because this team just needs playmakers. This roster doesn’t have the luxury of passing on a stud because he’s a little older. At worst he is a return guy/gadget player, but at best he has Deebo Samuel upside. Equanimeos St. Brown has some nice height and is an upgrade over Byrd as a blocking receiver. I would like to see what Dazz Newsome can do, he flashed playmaking ability in limited time last year. Isaiah Coulter and Nsimba Webster are most likely gone unless one steps up on Special Teams. Expect the Bears to be very active in the free-agent market.
Cole Kmet, Jesper Horsted, Ryan Griffin, James O’Shaughnessy.
It usually takes tight ends 2-3 years to break out. Cole Kmet’s the time is now. Jesper Horsted offers another pass catching weapon for the offense. Same goes for Ryan Griffin. James O’Shaughnessy is the blocking tight end of the group. Blocking TEs are needed for this outside zone scheme Luke Getsy will be running.
Lucas Patrick, Sam Mustipher and Doug Kramer.
Lucas Patrick is the starter unless Doug Kramer shocks the world. Same Mustipher will most likely be used as a backup at center and guard if he can learn the guard position. Doug Kramer is an undersized center who plays with a ton of grit and heart. He truly has a chance to be a quality backup with starter upside. Kramer started 48 games for the Fighting Illini and is a hometown product. I am excited to see him develop!
Cody Whitehair, Lachavious Simmons, Dakota Dozier, Dieter Eiselen, Zach Thomas and Ja’Tyre Carter.
Cody Whitehair is the only proven starter here. I’m a little nervous about this group in general. The Zach Thomas pick excites me and I think he has all the traits to be a starting RG. Ja’Tyre Carter is an intriguing prospect as well. He dominated the competition in the SWAC and held up at the senior bowl but he is still a little raw. As for Simmons, Dozier, and Eiselen, I’m not even going to try and be optimistic, they are all backups and I only expect one to make the team. I would love to see Poles go out and add another veteran to this room.
Larry Borom, Teven Jenkin, Julien Davenport, Willie Wright, Tyrone Wheatley Jr and Braxton Jones.
I am so relieved this new Bears regime sees what the fans see. Larry Borom is a left tackle and Teven Jenkins is a right tackle! Julien Davenport is more than likely going to be used as a swing tackle. I love the Braxton Jones pick, this guy has the potential to be a starting left tackle. He is a little raw, but the upside is very high with Jones. I expect Borom, Jenkins, Davenport, and Jones to all make the roster.
Is it rookie minicamp yet? I just want to see these guys play. The player on offense I’m most excited for is Velus Jones Jr. I think he is going to shock a lot of people. I trust in Poles offensive line background and I hope that a few of the late-round picks are sleepers.