Based on the list of available players, the Bears will have an opportunity to further address defense in the second round (No. 41) after general manager Ryan Pace moved up two spots to No. 9 to select Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd with Chicago’s top pick.
UCLA’s Myles Jack, who fell out of the first round because of concerns over his knee, might already be gone by the time Chicago picks on Friday night. But if Jack’s freefall continues, the Bears have to seriously consider it. Jack is a top-five talent, and unlike Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith, he is expected to play in 2016.
Beyond Jack, Alabama defensive linemen A’Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed, Illinois defensive lineman Jihad Ward, Ohio State safety/cornerback Vonn Bell, Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, Eastern Kentucky outside linebacker Noah Spence, Baylor defensive tackle Andrew Billings, Mississippi State defensive tackle Chris Jones and Clemson defensive end Kevin Dodd are among the defensive prospects Chicago can sift through.
The Bears also have depth issues at tight end following the Martellus Bennett trade to New England. Newly re-signed veteran Zach Miller is the clear No. 1 option, but the group would benefit from the arrival of a pass-catcher. The names to consider in the second and third rounds are South Carolina tight end Jerell Adams and Arkansas’ Hunter Henry.
As far as Chicago’s quest to find another quarterback, Michigan State’s Connor Cook is the highest-rated passer left after three quarterbacks (Jared Goff, Carson Wentz and Paxton Lynch) were selected in the first round.
Teams have seven minutes to make their picks in the second round and five minutes in the third.