NFL Draft Preview: Potential Chicago Bears Targets

The Chicago Bears are in an interesting position where they don't need a quarterback at the top of the NFL Draft, but what does that mean for their plans with the eighth overall pick?

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The 2018 NFL Draft will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington starting with Thursday's first round.
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Some drafts have Chubb going as high as second, but with the unpredictable nature of this year’s draft, the talented defensive end, who had 23 tackles for loss and 10 sacks this season, would be a great fit if the Bears can somehow snag him.
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Many draft boards have the Bears moving down and selecting the talented Davenport, who had eight and a half sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss last season. He is an intriguing prospect at any point in the middle of the first round, but could Pace actually grab him at eight?
With 108 tackles and five and a half sacks in his final season with the Hokies, Edmunds could be a great pick-up at number eight. His commanding presence all over the field would greatly help the Bears’ defense, and would improve their depth considerably.
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Fitzpatrick is all over the place in terms of draft boards and mock drafts, but his talent is undeniable, as he had eight tackles for loss and seven defended passes last season with the Crimson Tide.
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The Bears’ secondary could still use some help even after the selection of Eddie Jackson, and James has some great talent, with 84 total tackles and two interceptions last season.
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The Bears are looking for linemen to help protect Mitchell Trubisky, and the athletic McGlinchey, who stands a towering 6-foot-8 and weighs 315 pounds, could be an ideal pairing with new offensive line coach Harry Hiestand.
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One of the most highly-coveted guards in recent draft history, Nelson would be an ideal fit with former Notre Dame offensive line coach Harry Hiestand taking over the same position with the Bears.
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Ridley has slid down draft boards recently, as his lack of size has caused teams to view him as more of a slot receiver than as a bonafide downfield threat. He had 63 catches for 967 yards in a run-first Alabama offense, so he’s still got some good numbers despite that limitation.
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Getting more playmakers for Vic Fangio will be key in this year’s draft, and Smith could be a great addition. He had 137 tackles last season and six and a half sacks for the Bulldogs.
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With Kyle Fuller back in the fold, Ward could be a good complement on the other side of the field. He had 15 defended passes and a pair of interceptions last season for the Buckeyes, and also had a career-high 37 tackles.
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