Looking at 3 realistic needs amidst Justin Fields’ breakout for the Chicago Bears

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Chicago Bears, Sam Mustipher
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2. Offensive line remains a major need for the Chicago Bears

A very close second need for the Bears remains up front on offense. Both sides of the trenches need some serious work, and it starts with getting Sam Mustipher clear out of the city of Chicago, for good.

Whether it’s Cody Whitehair, Lucas Patrick or a fresh face, the Bears need to solidify their center position. Mustipher has been maybe the worst lineman in all of football this season, and that’s not an exaggeration.

The only mainstays, up front, should include Braxton Jones and Teven Jenkins. When looking at the long-term, the Bears could end up replacing any number of the rest. They have to get better up front, both protecting Fields and yes, in the run game. The Bears’ running backs have been excellent this season in terms of evading tacklers and moving the piles. While this group has been better in the run blocking department than pass blocking, they still need a whole lot of help.

If the Bears chose to go offensive line in the first round of the draft, they will have their pick of a few top-end talents: Northwestern’s Peter Skoronski is the number one prize here, but the Bears would likely have to end up with a top-4 pick to snag him.

If Chicago ends up missing out on Skoronski but still possesses a top-10 pick, and wants to go offensive line, then Poles very well could trade back a little bit and still end up with a guy like Ohio State’s Paris Johnson Jr. or Georgia’s Broderick Jones — and all three of these guys would come in and start at tackle immediately.