It has been an exciting offseason for Chicago Bears fans. Draft analysts expected the Bears to trade out of the number one spot since they had landed the pick. However, many did not expect the Bears to acquire as much as they did from the trade. Chicago landed one of the best young wide receivers in the league, D.J Moore, and also received a future first and second-round pick. GM Ryan Poles did not stop there either, as he signed two more young superstars: linebackers Tremaine Edmunds and T.J. Edwards. They also signed solid players in OG Nate Davis and DE DeMarcus Walker. Now that the Bears have filled a couple of the holes that the draft could have, they have lowered the pool of players they need to pick from. While the jump from number one to number nine overall may seem far, there are still plenty of generational talents that the Bears can draft to plug up the remaining holes on the roster.
However, the Bears still have a lot of question marks in their roster, despite the recent signings. The defensive and offensive lines have yet to be fixed, as well as the cornerback position. Here are some prospects that the Bears should consider using their number nine overall pick on:
Peter Skoronski (OT, Northwestern)
Skoronski is far and away the best offensive lineman in his draft class. The 6’4 tackle has demonstrated that he has what it takes to make it to the NFL, dominating opposing defensive lines in every game he has started. Skoronski hails from Illinois, so his connection to the Bears began when he was a kid. Skoronski could realistically be available at nine. If he is, they shouldn’t hesitate to draft him.
Jalen Carter (DT, Georgia)
A couple of weeks ago, it was possible that the Bears would stay at one and take Jalen Carter first overall. However, Carter has stirred up controversy recently, leading to him falling on draft boards. Even though having controversy this early in a player’s career is something to be aware of, Jalen Carter might still be worth the pick. Carter is a generational talent at defensive tackle, and if he is available when the Bears are on the clock, there is no doubt that they should draft him.
Devon Witherspoon (CB, Illinois)
A common misconception is that the Bears don’t need any more help in their secondary. However, the Bears are one good cornerback away from having one of the best defenses in the NFL. Devon Witherspoon is the best cornerback from this year’s draft class. And even though he isn’t as talented as Jets CB Sauce Gardner, he still has the intangibles to be one of the best corners in the league. With him paired with the Bears’ young secondary, there is no telling what that defense could accomplish.