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

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Wide Receiver

The Chicago Bears were likely going to have one of the worse receiving corps in the league even if Kevin White and Cameron Meredith had stayed healthy.

Once they went down with season-ending injuries, things got downright brutal.

After weeks of starting Tanner Gentry and Tre McBride, refusing to consistently play Kendall Wright and then trading for Dontrelle Inman, running back Tarik Cohen still leads the team with 33 receptions. Yikes. Meanwhile, Wright has the high water mark for receiving yards at 330. That’s not going to get it done.

Bottom line: the Chicago Bears absolutely must draft a receiver that can come in and help Mitchell Trubisky immediately. There are no two ways about it.

Depending on how high they pick, I could see the Bears possibly trading down and acquiring a mid-first-round pick. If they do, Alabama’s Calvin Ridley should be in play if they want him. SMU’s Courtland Sutton should also intrigue teams as a high-upside, likely first-round prospect.

If they wait until later, though, there should still be plenty of intriguing NFL-ready options, such as Florida State’s Auden Tate and Indiana’s Simmie Cobbs.

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Identify a big-time playmaker that can beat corners consistently, and get him on this team. Because we’ve seen what this Chicago Bears offense looks like without that.