The Chicago Bears have seven picks in the NFL Draft, including No. 3 in the first round April 27 in Philadelphia.
Coming off a three-win season, the Bears need to find some top players in the draft after an offseason that saw a total overhaul of the quarterback position. New to Chicago are Mike Glennon and Mark Sanchez with Jay Cutler and Matt Barkley exiting.
They have to add some weapons around Glennon, especially after Alshon Jeffery departed, and they also have to upgrade the defense. Safety needs helps even with the addition of Quintin Demps.
There were moves made at cornerback, and as the draft approaches, even after the release of Tracy Porter, there are 12 cornerbacks on the offseason roster.
Here is a look at the Bears' five-year draft record with roster tallies reflecting totals as of the end of the 2016 season. Below that are key personnel moves made this year and the team's current needs heading into this draft and our projection for all their 2017 picks.
FIVE-YEAR DRAFT BREAKDOWN
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .2012 . .2013 . .2014 . .2015 . .2016
TOTAL PICKS . . . .6 . . . . . .6 . . . . .8 . . . . .6 . . . . .9
STARTERS . . . . . .1 . . . . . .1 . . . . .3 . . . . .3 . . . .3
BACKUPS . . . . . .1 . . . . . .2 . . . . .4 . . . . .2 . . . .6
OTHER TEAMS . . .0 . . . . .2 . . . . .0 . . . . .0 . . . .0
OUT OF LEAGUE . .4 . . . . .1 . . . . .1 . . . . .1 . . .0
Top three draft needs
1. Safety: Pairing veteran Quintin Demps with an all-around physical force like Jamal Adams or with a big-time playmaker like Jabrill Peppers would be ideal for a secondary that played a huge role in tying the NFL record for fewest turnovers caused (11) last year.
2. Wide receiver: With no experienced standout receiver, and questions surrounding every other expected contributor, it would be difficult to envision a Bears draft without a receiver being selected in the first or second round. The 6-foot-4 size of Clemson's Mike Williams makes him an ideal replacement for Alshon Jeffery. Later in Round 1 it would be hard to pass on the ridiculous speed displayed by Washington's John Ross.
3. Defensive end: Jonathan Allen would be an easy pick in the first round to come in and start immediately at end, but questions about arthritis in his shoulders persist. The Bears have more talent available to answer their need at cornerback. At end, they have last year's third round pick Jonathan Bullard, who struggled.
1/3: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina (6-2, 222, 4.67)
2/36: Josh Jones, FS, North Carolina State (6-1, 220, 4.41)
3/67: Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech (5-11, 199, 4.46)
4/111: Nazair Jones, DL, North Carolina (6-5, 304, 5.11)
4/117: Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State (5-10, 184, 4.54)
5/147: Conor McDermott, T, UCLA (6-8, 307, 5.15)
7/221: Eric Saubert, TE, Drake (6-5, 253, 4.67)
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--Frank Cooney and TSX NFL team insiders contributed to this analysis.