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

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The last two weeks have brought the Chicago Bears’ secondary, especially the quarterbacks, back down to Earth.

Kyle Fuller spent the Green Bay game getting pantsed repeatedly by Davante Adams and didn’t make much impact against Detroit other than a solid hit on the Bears’ first defensive series and taking out Leonard Floyd’s knee.

Prince Amukamara has generally been pretty good but has struggled to stay on the field.

And good heavens, Marcus Cooper has been really bad. Two of the Lions’ biggest plays last Sunday—a 3rd-and-15 conversion and a touchdown throw to Marvin Jones—came against him as he spelled Amukamara for a few plays.

Furthermore, Amukamara and Fuller will be free agents this offseason. Do the Bears intend to shell out money to keep both? Not likely. And if Cooper keeps playing like this, he could end up hitting the street.

As such, it makes a ton of sense for the Chicago Bears to draft a corner—perhaps more than one—in 2018.

If you like conventional cornerbacks, keep your eye on Josh Jackson from Iowa. His length, speed and ball skills should immediately put him on the Bears’ radar if he ends up in the second round or the Bears grab a mid/late-first-round pick.

Another guy who should show up later in the draft is Louisville’s Jaire Alexander, who ranked as one of the nation’s best corners in 2016. Whether Vic Fangio is still here next year or not, a guy who can stick to receivers in man coverage never hurts.