A look at the state of the Bears’ safeties as the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaches.
The Good: The Bears recognized and acknowledged just how bad their secondary was last year, specifically at safety. They brought in a few bodies this offseason in Ryan Mundy, formerly of the Giants, and M.D. Jennings, the former Packer. The team let Major Wright walk in free agency, but Chris Conte remains on the roster. There’s not a whole lot of good at this position. The good news might be more so in that the Bears upgraded their defensive line, which might in turn help out the safeties, but the Bears surely need to draft a safety high in the upcoming draft.
The Bad: Wright and Conte couldn’t cover anybody last year. They couldn’t really tackle, either. It was embarrassing to watch them play and get torched and their performance was exemplified in the final game of the season against the Packers when Conte got burned on a fourth-down, 48-yard touchdown pass that cost the Bears the NFC North title and a playoff spot. The Bears lack both starters and depth at the position. It’s almost as if they are starting from scratch. While I feel the Bears could take any position on defense with their first-round pick in May’s draft and it would be a good decision, I think safety is the wisest choice at this point.
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