<
>

Chicago Bears will be picking No. 11 in 2016 NFL draft

CHICAGO – Here’s a quick look at the top positional needs for the Chicago Bears.

1. Outside linebacker: Willie Young and Lamarr Houston are quality rotational players, but Chicago lacks a dynamic pass-rusher to complement Pernell McPhee. The Bears did not have a single player reach double digits in sacks. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio did the best he could with an assorted cast of characters, but Fangio needs a stud pass-rusher to really make his defense work.

2. Quarterback: Jay Cutler turns 33 in April. While he played well in 2015, the clock is ticking to find his eventual replacement. The Bears think David Fales can be a serviceable No. 2, but Chicago is in the market for a future No. 1 quarterback. Cutler cannot be here forever.

3. Inside linebacker: Shea McClellin and Christian Jones are not long-term solutions; both struggled mightily at times this season, and Jones even lost his starting job at one point. Undrafted rookies John Timu and Jonathan Anderson displayed some promise, but Chicago requires additional help inside. The middle of the field has been a weak spot ever since the club chased Brian Urlacher out of town.