The Chicago Bears had a roller coaster of a season. Starting off the season with a 5-1 record, it seemed that the Bears were going to be able to turn the corner and make the playoffs, and maybe even compete for the NFC North division title. They then proceeded to lose their next six games and the season seemed over.
After finishing off with a 3-1 record, they ended the season solidly at 8-8 and lost in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs.
One of the biggest areas that needs improvement this offseason is the wide receiver position, so that whoever lines up at quarterback has more weapons to throw to. There are some good wide receiver options available, but here are the top five they should go for.
Robinson was by far the best pass catcher on Chicago’s roster last year and was one of the best in the NFL. The Bears will need to make re-signing Robinson a top priority this offseason if they want to stay competitive.
He has the skills and ability to be the number one guy and knows and understands this offense. If the Bears do not bring him back, they have already lost.
JuJu Smith-Schuster was once one of the best secondary options at wide receiver when he was playing alongside Antonio Brown. Transitioning to the go-to guy had mixed results.
However, if he can get back to being a slot receiver, he could do a lot of damage. Pairing Smith-Schuster with Allen Robinson would make a dangerous combination.
Rondale Moore is one of the fastest and shiftiest players coming into the NFL Draft. The former Purdue Boilermaker sat out this season to prepare, but the highlight films show a player who can make anybody miss.
Adding a threat to catch and run would provide a good safety blanket for this offense.
Toney may not be as shifty as Moore, but he proves to be a very difficult player to take down. Seemingly breaking tackles every time he touches the ball, Toney will likely be available later in the draft. That could let the Bears target other positions earlier and still get a difference maker at the wide receiver position.
A player who should be on the trading block in the Atlanta Falcons’ future Hall of Famer, Jones is one of the best wide receivers in the league and with the Falcons entering a rebuild, he could be available. Pairing Robinson with Jones would create a nightmare for opposing defenses and open up the entire offense.
The Falcons may not be looking to trade him, but the Bears should still check in.