The Bears brought back Tashaun Gipson to start next to Eddie Jackson this coming season. However, the still need to find a permanent solution for their future. Jackson is locked in at his spot, but the Bears still haven’t found a guy they can commit to for the long haul, to stand in next to Jackson.
In the sixth round, here, the Bears take a gamble on Florida safety Shawn Davis. The senior has had a couple of seasons cut short due to injury, but when he’s on the field, he’s an enforcer.
Davis plays the game pretty recklessly at times, and that allows him to be near the ball at every whistle, it seems. However, his aggressive nature can also become a hindrance when it comes to over pursuing or missed tackles.
If the Bears took Davis, it wouldn’t be due to his coverage skills. That’s somewhere he struggles, especially if it’s deeper. Davis belongs closer to the line of scrimmage where he can make his presence felt.
Chicago needs a physical, hard-hitting safety. They have been missing that for a couple of years now, and maybe Davis pans out to be that guy. If not, then he’ll at least provide some depth for the Bears in a safety room that has had a couple of mainstays over the past few seasons in Deon Bush and DeAndre Houston-Carson.