2018 NFL Draft: Top three draft needs for the Chicago Bears

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Honorable mention: Offensive line

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The Chicago Bears had a great thing going with their interior offensive line last season. In fact, the trio of Kyle Long, Cody Whitehair and Josh Sitton were so good that it almost made you forget how much the Bears probably needed two new tackles.

This year, injuries have challenged the offensive line’s depth, and the result has not been good.

The constant shuffling of Whitehair seems to have thrown him off track from his borderline-Pro Bowl play last year, as he’s struggled at times with shotgun snaps from center in particular. Plus, I think I’ve seen enough of Hroniss Grasu to know that I don’t want him playing meaningful snaps at center.

Also, though Charles Leno just got paid to stick around this offseason, neither he nor Bobby Massie has played especially well.

In short, don’t rule out the Chicago Bears taking an offensive lineman early in the draft.

I do have some bias here, but truthfully, the Bears could be interested in Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey or OG Quenton Nelson.

McGlinchey should be a top-10 pick and fill in at right tackle or allow Leno to slide to the right side himself. Nelson, on the other hand, is far and away the best guard in the draft and could provide insurance for injuries/the Bears parting ways with Sitton—they tried to trade him, after all, and they’d save almost $7 million by cutting him.

Texas’ Connor Williams would be another great option at tackle if the Chicago Bears were interested.