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Now that the Chicago Bears have traded to No. 1 overall pick in next month’s NFL draft for four draft picks, including the No. 9 pick this year, and wide receiver D.J. Moore, they’re poised to add some depth, especially on offense.
Offensive depth is something they need badly, as they finished 23rd in points scored, 28th in total yards and last in passing yards.
NFL analyst Emmanuel Acho wants the Bears to take University of Texas running back Bijan Robinson with that ninth pick.
— Speak (@SpeakOnFS1) March 13, 2023
“What I want to see the Chicago Bears do now, go out and draft Bijan Robinson, that running back out of Texas. … The zone-read offense, which the Bears do so incredibly well — what it primarily does is it gives the offense one extra block run at a defender. Not a literal blocker, but as soon as you run the zone read and you’re optioning that defensive end or optioning that linebacker, you are taking up an extra player by nature of that option. But now when you have a quarterback like Justin Fields who is hard to tackle one-on-one, you just gained another defender. When you got a running back like Bijan Robinson out of Texas who is hard to tackle one-on-one, you just occupied another defender.”
Robinson is considered not only one of the best running back prospects in this year’s draft class, but one of the best players overall.
In three seasons with the Longhorns, he collected 3,410 rushing yards and 33 rushing touchdowns, and in 2022, he put up 1,580 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground and an additional 314 yards and two touchdowns in the air.
Chicago was already first in rushing yards and second in rushing attempts in 2022, and with Moore, a man who had over 1,100 yards each year from 2019 to 2021, now lining up at wide receiver, it will be interesting to see which direction it heads in with their No. 9 pick next month.
Do they draft a tailback such as Robinson, or do they try to upgrade their offensive line with someone such as offensive tackle Peter Skoronski, who is from the Chicago area but grew up rooting for the Green Bay Packers?
There is also the possibility, at least conceivably, that the Bears try to trade up if there is a player higher on the board they really want to nab.
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