2. CB Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State
Chicago moved on from veteran Kyle Fuller this offseason and while the Bears did sign veteran Desmond Trufant to start opposite Jaylon Johnson in 2021, the Bears should keep an eye on Asante Samuel Jr.
Looking at the state of the Bears defense, here’s what we know: Trufant isn’t a long-term option, meaning the Bears need to find someone to start opposite Johnson. Why not bring in a versatile player like Samuel Jr., who impressed while at Florida State?
A key aspect of Samuel Jr’s. game is his ability to play both in the slot and on the outside. While Chicago does have Kindle Vildor and Duke Shelley as options in the slot, Samuel Jr. would be considered to be an immediate upgrade over both players.
One route to consider with Samuel Jr. would be having him play in the slot during his rookie season before moving him to the outside in 2022. For a player that did excel in man coverage while in college, one area that Samuel Jr. will need to improve is playing zone defense. Overall, can he be a day one starter? Yes. But there are aspects to his game that need some work.