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Chicago Bears: 2017 NFL Combine Players to Watch

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Chicago Bears 2017 NFL Combine Players to Watch

The Chicago Bears 2017 NFL Combine is a vital one, as they have the third pick in the draft and need to make sure they get this one right.  Chicago has struggled recently, and 2016’s 3-13 season was the pinnacle of the team’s woes.

Most of Chicago’s problems on defense started in the secondary.  Both the cornerback and safety positions need to be upgraded, and the Bears will no doubt look to the draft for help.  While I think they should wait on a quarterback, they will probably end up cutting ties with Jay Cutler this offseason and draft a new franchise QB to build around.  They could also use some help and youth and offensive tackle and defensive end.

We will highlight a few players that will be attending the 2017 NFL Combine in Indianapolis that the Bears will target on draft day.

Deshaun Watson – Quarterback, Clemson

Not a single scout doubts Deshaun Watson’s intangibles.  He is a great leader, works incredibly hard, is very competitive, and is a tough quarterback.  The questions with him begin on the field, and those should be answered this week at the combine.

There a lot of athleticism tests at the combine, and Watson should excel with most of them.  He’ll be able to show his speed in the 40-yard dash, his agility in the 3-cone drill and shuttle run, and his pure athleticism in the vertical and broad jump.  He will solidify himself as a top pick if he can showcase good skills in the drills following the tests.

Scouts question Watson’s pocket skills, such as footwork, awareness, and ball security, but he can prove that he can fit in a pro system this week.  If he can do so, the Bears will definitely consider him at #3.

Jonathan Allen – Defensive End, Alabama

Many mock drafts currently have the Bears taking Jonathan Allen with the third pick.  If the Bears don’t take a quarterback here, which they shouldn’t, Allen is talented and fills a need.

Allen’s main weakness is size, so both his athleticism and technique should be on display this week.  While he isn’t exactly a guy that needs to make a name for himself, he reassure teams like the Bears that he is the man that should be a top three pick.

Malik Hooker – Safety, Ohio State

One of the most athletic prospects in the 2017 draft is Ohio State’s Malik Hooker.  Hooker will look to shine at the combine with some great tests, especially the vertical and broad jump.

However, scouts say he only has average speed despite great football instincts, so if he can post a great 40 time, he can solidify himself as a top-10 pick.

Safety isn’t drafted high all that often , but both Hooker and LSU’s Jamal Adams might change the status quo this year.