We’re officially in mock draft season everyone. We’ve only been without the NFL for a week but it feels like longer doesn’t it?

For Bears fans 2018-19 is a season of optimism for actual visible growth. Fans in Chicago will be expecting to see improvement that is Jared Goff or Carson Wentz-esque from Mitchell Trubisky, as well as a revamped offensive gameplan under new head coach Matt Nagy.

But before then Bears fans will be watching what the team does with the eighth overall pick in the upcoming draft. There are abundant needs for the Bears to address but the top 3 unquestionably are wide receiver, linebacker, and offensive line.

The Bears leading receiver last season was Kendall Wright, with 59 catches for 614 yards. The Bears will undoubtedly address the receiving corps in free agency as well but they have also been linked to Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley. Ridley is the top receiver in the class, with dependable hands consistent route-running and a big-play threat. However if the Bears decide to address the receiver position through free agency they could also go offensive line.

If the Bears elect to go with an offensive lineman with the eighth pick Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey has to be the pick. Whenever he’s talked about the word “monster” is used to describe McGlinchey. Listed at 6′-7″ and 310 pounds it’s not hard to see that. McGlinchey is a strong blocker who can play all across the line.

While it wouldn’t be the sexiest pick it would address and area of need for the Bears. Bobby Massie has been solid but inconsistent at right tackle, guards Kyle Long and Josh Sitton have dealt with injuries of varying severity. McGlinchey would be a day 1 starter and shore up the offensive line which would then benefit the running game and Trubisky.

In the event that the Bears pass on both receiver and lineman, they should look for a defensive back. Namely Minkah Fitzpatrick. The Alabama DB can play corner and safety, has the length to be a roamer but is also quick enough to stay with slot receivers. With Eddie Jackson and Adrian Amos looking like a good duo at safety, Fitzpatrick would fill one of the vacancies left by either Kyle Fuller or Prince Amukamara once they leave in free agency.

With the combine yet to happen and free agency to begin this is all subject to change but these are the Bears top needs as of today, and they are in prime position to get top talent at any of them with the eighth pick.

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