A humiliating 31-3 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles should have sunk the Chicago Bears further down the standings, and thus, higher up the draft board.
Unfortunately, the teams in front of them – the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, Indianapolis Colts, and Denver Broncos – also lost. Go figure.
As it was last week then, the Bears are projected to own the sixth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com has the most recent update of what the top-10 looks like for the upcoming draft:
- Cleveland Browns (0-11)
- San Francisco 49ers (1-10)
- New York Giants (2-9)
- Indianapolis Colts (3-8)
- Denver Broncos (3-8)
- CHICAGO BEARS (3-8)
- New York Jets (4-7)
- Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7)
- Miami Dolphins (4-7)
Once again, the Bears are lumped in with the Colts and Broncos as 3-win teams. If you’re looking for a shake-up in the draft order, it could come in Week 15 when Denver travels to Indianapolis on December 14 for a showdown on Thursday Night Football. The Bears also have games remaining against San Francisco and Cleveland, teams looking to cement their spots atop the draft board.
For what it’s worth, ESPN’s Football Power Index paints a picture in which the Bears miss the top-5 and fall further down the draft board:
The projected 2018 NFL draft order, according to the Football Power Index. pic.twitter.com/SKBpZyUPrA
— ESPN (@espn) November 27, 2017
A top-10 pick is all but secure, but cracking the top-5 could be extremely valuable for a front office that could use premium draft position to coax a desperate team into trading their draft picks in order to move up and select their top target. Much like the 49ers did last year when the Bears wanted to secure the right to draft Mitch Trubisky.
As for what players would be at the top of the Bears’ draft boards, Zierlein has three needs that stand above the rest: wide receiver (Trubisky desperately needs a reliable No. 1 receiver), offensive line (will they keep Josh Sitton at his $8,666,668 cap number (per Over The Cap) for the 2018 season?), and defensive back (Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller are free agents at season’s end, after all).
After watching the Bears’ passing attack fail to get off the ground, rushing game struggle to move the pile forward, and Carson Wentz torch the secondary for three passing touchdowns, there isn’t much of an argument against these three position groups needing immediate upgrades.