3 Draft Picks That Could Save Matt Eberflus’ Job

The Chicago Bears head into a pivotal draft and head coach Matt Eberflus needs to hit on this draft class to make sure his job is safe.
Jan 7, 2024; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Chicago Bears head coach Matt Eberflus looks on during the
Jan 7, 2024; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Chicago Bears head coach Matt Eberflus looks on during the / Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Dallas Turner, EDGE

The Chicago Bears need some help along the edge. They acquired Montez Sweat from the Washington Commanders in exchange for a 2024 second-round pick to help bolster their edge group.

In nine games with the Bears, Sweat finished with six sacks but there was no other threat to generate pressure.

The Bears own the No. 9 overall pick and could use that selection on an edge rusher. One name they should seriously consider is Alabama's Dallas Turner.

Turner is a long and athletic pass rusher who owns an explosive first step. The Florida native uses his violent hands to disengage from blockers and get into the backfield.

In his three-year career at Alabama, Turner notched 120 total tackles, 32.5 tackles for loss, and 22.5 sacks.

A duo featuring Turner and Sweat could give opposing quarterbacks fits.

3. Rome Odunze, WR

Yes, the Bears have Keenan Allen and DJ Moore as their 1-2 punch in the aerial attack but you can never have enough playmakers.

Allen, 32, is heading into the final year of his deal and is slated to hit free agency next March. Meanwhile, Moore has two years left on his current contract.

Adding a WR isn't out of the realm of possibility. Someone they should heavily consider is WR Rome Odunze.

Odunze has elite ball skills and the verticality to win those contested catches with ease. The Washington product can create separation consistently with the speed to run away from defenders.

In his four collegiate seasons, Odunze tallied 214 receptions for 3,272 receiving yards, and 24 touchdowns.

Bringing in another elite playmaker will make life easier on the quarterback and open things up for everyone on the offense. It would also make Eberflus look better.

Matt Eberflus will have to do a better job this season if he wants to compete with the Packers and the Lions. The Bears are currently behind their division rivals in odds (+370) of winning the NFC North.

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