The Chicago Bears came away quite the crop of talent during the 2021 NFL Draft, and some fans still cannot believe the job done by general manager Ryan Pace.
This was looking like an offseason where the Bears were headed for disaster. Early on, there were rumors of both Kyle Fuller and Akiem Hicks being released or traded. Ultimately, Fuller was cut and signed with the Denver Broncos.
Hicks is still around, thankfully, but the Bears still created a huge hole for themselves at cornerback by releasing Fuller. The Bears did sign veteran Desmond Trufant, but neither he nor second-year pro Jaylon Johnson will be able to fill the void left by Fuller — at least not right away.
Fuller’s absence created an enormous void, and it may not be filled with anyone on the current roster. Now, if the Bears were to get that pass rush going again and become a disruptive team up front, the secondary’s job would become that much easier.
The Chicago Bears’ cornerback room still needs some depth before the 2021 season.
Without Fuller, the Bears are going to need to make up for the loss of his presence as a whole. The entire secondary will need to step up. It won’t be just on Trufant or Johnson. The fact is, Chicago lost an All Pro cornerback.
After drafting a versatile rookie corner in Thomas Graham Jr. out of Oregon, the Bears’ cornerback room looked a little better. Graham should be a nice addition, but may need a little polishing as a rookie before he truly shines.
Chicago has guys like Artie Burns and Kindle Vildor as some of their main depth pieces, and neither of those guys give much confidence to Bears fans. If Johnson or Trufant went down, the Bears would be in trouble. The 53-man roster isn’t quite as polished as it could be with the current cornerback group.
For that reason alone, they have to add some needed depth. Fortunately, there are several free agent cornerbacks still available. One of the following four guys would make a lot of sense for Chicago.