With the third pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears select…
3. Chicago Bears: Jonathan Allen, DE | Alabama
Ah da Bears. Another team that up until free agency was in the market for a quarterback. They since gave former Buccaneers backup Mike Glennon a 3 year, $45 million contract. Dayumm. It’s yet to be determined whether Glennon can thrive being “the guy” in Chicago, but this is just a further sign of how uncertain teams seem to be on this years quarterback class. (By the way, RIP to Jay Cutler who is probably ass naked somewhere trying to get his life together.) Chicago will almost certainly look to grab a quarterback in the later rounds but what they do with this pick is a toss up. On paper Chicago’s offense has a game manager at quarterback, a solid offensive line, a stud running back in Jordan Howard, as well as a bunch of 2s and 3s at receiver. Probably too high for the Bears to look at someone like a Mike Williams from Clemson to help out their new QB. Not to mention they just spent a first round pick on Kevin White a couple years ago. This is a stout defensive draft class and that’s where the Bears should be looking with the 3rd pick on April 27.
Now do the Bears look to add more pieces up front on the defensive line (27th in rushing yards allowed) or do they upgrade their atrocious secondary that got scorched through the air last year (29th in INT). Corner could be in consideration, (perhaps Marshon Lattimore out of Ohio State), but this year’s corner class is deep. Another name to look out for is safety Jamal Adams out of LSU. He would provide an Eric Berry type presence in Chicago’s secondary which the Bears sorely need. Adams is undoubtedly a top 5 talent, but he didn’t test off the charts. Meanwhile a name that was in consideration for the number one overall pick at the end of the college football season, (and who is still on the board), is Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen. The Bears have a nice rotation of pieces within the front seven but Allen would be an immediate upgrade at DE over projected starters Mitch Unrein and Akiem Hicks. If the Bears want to return to their ‘Monsters of the Midway’ glory days, they draft Allen.