Sep 09, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears free safety Chris Conte (47) and strong safety Major Wright (21) tackle Indianapolis Colts tight end Coby Fleener (80) during the fourth quarter at Soldier Field. Chicago defeats Indianapolis 41-21. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears need to draft a Safety in the first round

Two players who blew a huge fourth down play that allowed the Green Bay Packers to seal up the victory over the Chicago Bears and walk away with the NFC North are down and out.

News just broke that strong safety Major Wright has officially signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, reuniting him with former Bears head coach Lovie Smith. I’m not upset at all about that signing, I’ll always respect Lovie. Then you have free safety Chris Conte who will be sidelined for at least four-five months.

I’m aware that they signed M.D. Jennings and Ryan Mundy, but they may not be the answer. Craig Steltz hasn’t necessarily shown this team that he has what it takes to become a starter on this defense, so I expect him to continue to run with the Special Teams unit unless he’s filling in for someone.

With the NFL Draft slowly approaching, a lot of beat writers are predicting that the Bears will draft a defensive tackle. What do I think? Draft a safety.

When the number 14 pick in the draft rolls around and HaHa Clinton-Dix is still on the board? You would have to be absolutely out of your mind if you pass him up. I know this years draft is stocked with some serious safety prospects, but I feel more comfortable with the 2014 defensive line than I did with last years even though the team lost Henry Melton to the Cowboys.

With the additions of Lamarr Houston, Jared Allen, Israel Idonije and the re-signing of Nate Collins and Jeremy Ratliff, I wouldn’t be worried picking up a defensive tackle in the first round. Just pick up someone in the third or fourth round and wait another year to draft a top tackle.

I know most Bears fans would disagree with me, but Calvin Pryor or HaHa Clinton-Dix should be a top priority when Chicago is on the clock. If they’re unavailable when it’s their turn, then a defensive tackle it is.

Your call Emery, your call.

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  • Dale Holmgren

    I agree. The free safety position in this draft is rather thin at the top, whereas there are many cornerbacks that would qualify as belonging in the first 3 rounds. Go with Ha-Ha in the first, then Bradley Roby in the second, if you can get him. You can always move Peanut back to safety, but you need some youth at the corners. Rumor has it that they will probably go for Bucannon at safety in the second round, in which case you could get Dennard in the first, or maybe Fuller. They need to trade out of that #14 slot!

  • bobportcharlotte

    I also agree. A safety with their first pick, followed by a CB with their second and a DT with their third pick. A center in the fourth like Ikard and BPA afterward is the way the Bears should go. The coming Bear season looks like a great one.

  • mausy

    i agree safety is our biggest need,conte sucks and m d jennings was green bays version of conte,green bay was glad to see him gone

  • Eddie Currie

    I completely disagree. Jimmie Ward, Deone Bucannon, Terrence Brooks, and Dion Bailey are quality options that can be had in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th rounds that can all help the Bears at safety. Brock Vereen and Tre Boston, two players who I like, will be available in the 5th and 6th rounds, will be able to add talent to the safety position, and have a chance at starting some point in the season. Why use your 1st round pick on a position of need when all of these other players can still significantly upgrade the position? The best football player available should be the priority for the Bears in the 1st round, and it should not be limited to the safety position. Gilbert, Dennard, Donald, Mosely, Ealy, and Lewan are all in play for the Bears. Trading back in the 1st round should also be the Bears’ biggest priority.