PFF draft board: Chicago Bears

Analyst Matt Claassen takes a pick-by-pick look at the 2016 draft prospects that best fit the Bears' needs.

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PFF draft board: Chicago Bears

PFF is putting together team-specific draft boards for all 32 franchises using our draft rankings and evaluation of how each player fits in specific schemes.

Included are three ideal targets for each team with their first-, second-, and third-round picks, along with a team-specific draft board (at the bottom of this article) that includes every player in PFF’s draft rankings.

Here is the entry for the Chicago Bears: 

Round 1 (11th overall)

Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Last year, the Bears had one offensive lineman finish the season with a positive pass-blocking grade. The addition of Bobby Massie should allow Kyle Long to move back to guard, and drafting Stanley, arguably the best pass-protecting tackle in the class, should be a solid upgrade opposite Massie.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

After moving on from Matt Forte, the Bears need depth at running back at the very least, and ideally a starting-caliber player. Elliott is the most well-rounded RB prospect in years who would be an every-down back from day one and could continue Forte’s success as both a runner and receiver.

Chris Jones, DI, Mississippi State

Selecting Jones would be another step towards solidifying Chicago’s front seven and improving the pass-rush after an impressive haul in free agency. Jones is a powerful player who was the second-highest-graded interior defender in the nation as a pass-rusher, and also could provide some technique versatility along the defensive line.

Round 2 (41st overall)

Emmanuel Ogbah, EDGE, Oklahoma State

Ogbah is a very good pass-rusher who ranked third among the draft class’s edge defenders in overall and pass-rush grades. He has some room for improvement in the run game, but working into a rotation with Chicago’s current outside linebackers could get him more plays on passing downs, while still able to be a significant contributor.

Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech

Jeremy Langford is a decent running back, but he’s far from Matt Forte’s caliber as a receiver. Kenneth Dixon is by far the highest-graded receiver out of this year’s RB draft class who could easily replace Forte’s production through the air. Dixon is also a very good zone-scheme runner who could earn the majority-share of the carries out of the backfield, as well.

Kalan Reed, CB, Southern Miss

Reed has the size and speed NFL teams are looking for, while also posting the third-highest coverage grade in this class of cornerbacks. Coupled with Kyle Fuller, the Bears could have their two outside corners for the foreseeable future.

Round 3 (72nd overall)

Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama

Another option at cornerback a round later, Jones is an outside corner who can potentially kick inside to play in the slot. He can play both man and zone-coverage, and had the seventh-highest overall grade among CBs in the draft class.

Jerell Adams, TE, South Carolina

With the Bears set at No. 1 tight end for now with Zach Miller’s receiving ability, Adams would initially be a strong No. 2 option with room to develop. He had the highest run-blocking grade among tight ends in the Power-5. He didn’t have a ton of receiving production in college (749 yards over past two seasons), but he did show ability after the catch, with 10 missed tackles forced on 28 catches in 2015.

Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford

If Chicago gets to the third round without already drafting a tackle, they could still land a potential starter in Kyle Murphy. He ranked sixth in pass-blocking efficiency among Power-5 tackles, and had just two below-average pass-blocking games over the past two seasons.

PlayerPositionSchoolPFF Draft BoardChicago Bears Draft Board
Joey BosaEDGEOhio State11
Jalen RamseyCBFlorida State32
Jared GoffQBCal43
Laremy TunsilOTOle Miss54
DeForest BucknerDIOregon25
Ezekiel ElliottRBOhio State76
Sheldon RankinsDILouisville87
Myles JackLBUCLA68
Chris JonesDIMississippi State129
William Jackson IIICBHouston1510
Corey ColemanWRBaylor911
Josh DoctsonWRTCU1012
Vernon HargreavesCBFlorida1813
Shaq LawsonEDGEClemson1114
Jack ConklinOTMichigan State1315
Carson WentzQBNorth Dakota State1416
Cody WhitehairGKansas State1716
Ronnie StanleyOTNotre Dame1618
Leonard FloydEDGEGeorgia1919
Karl JosephSWest Virginia3020
Jaylon SmithLBNotre Dame2521
Hunter HenryTEArkansas3322
Jarran ReedDIAlabama2023
Andrew BillingsDIBaylor2224
A'Shawn RobinsonDIAlabama4125
Leonte CarrooWRRutgers3526
Emmanuel OgbahEDGEOklahoma State3726
Kalan ReedCBSouthern Miss5428
Sterling ShepardWROklahoma2329
Vernon ButlerDILouisiana Tech3230
Rashard HigginsWRColorado State4030
Michael Thomas (OSU)WROhio State2432
Reggie RaglandLBAlabama2633
Mackenzie AlexanderCBClemson2134
Laquon TreadwellWROle Miss2835
Jerell AdamsTESouth Carolina5936
Austin JohnsonDIPenn State3937
Jason SpriggsOTIndiana4638
De'Vante HarrisCBTexas A&M6938
Maliek CollinsDINebraska6140
Ryan KellyCAlabama4241
Adolphus WashingtonDIOhio State4341
Joe ThuneyOTNC State5143
Cyrus JonesCBAlabama7744
Nick MartinCNotre Dame4545
Kenneth DixonRBLouisiana Tech4745
Taylor DeckerOTOhio State5247
Jeremy CashSDuke5347
Jonathan BullardDIFlorida2749
Michael Thomas (SM)WRSouthern Miss3849
Paul PerkinsRBUCLA4949
Eli AppleCBOhio State3152
Jordan HowardRBIndiana5653
Carl NassibEDGEPenn State6854
Hassan RidgewayDITexas5755
Kenny ClarkDIUCLA5855
Sheldon DayDINotre Dame3457
Joshua GarnettGStanford5058
Su'a CravensLBUSC4858
Cre'Von LeBlancCBFlorida Atlantic9360
Connor CookQBMichigan State7561
Darron LeeLBOhio State8162
Will FullerWRNotre Dame6063
Xavien HowardCBBaylor8064
Christian WestermanGArizona State8565
Isaac SeumaloGOregon State6366
Daniel BravermanWRWestern Michigan6266
Paxton LynchQBMemphis5568
Nick VanHooseCBNorthwestern8869
Kevin DoddEDGEClemson7070
Malcolm MitchellWRGeorgia6770
Alex CollinsRBArkansas8772
Nick KwiatkowskiLBWest Virginia7673
Joe SchobertEDGEWisconsin7473
Shon ColemanOTAuburn9175
Dean LowryDINorthwestern9776
Joshua PerryLBOhio State8677
Willie HenryDIMichigan9978
Joe DahlOTWashington State11279
Brandon DoughtyQBWestern Kentucky10979
Darian ThompsonSBoise State8381
Pharoh CooperWRSouth Carolina9682
Devin LucienWRArizona State9282
Braxton MillerWROhio State9882
Keyarris GarrettWRTulsa6485
Shilique CalhounEDGEMichigan State2986
Le'Raven ClarkOTTexas Tech11987
Tavon YoungCBTemple11587
Javon HargraveDISouth Carolina State7989
Vonn BellSOhio State9090
Scooby Wright IIILBArizona7191
Bronson KaufusiEDGEBYU6691
Ronald BlairEDGEAppalachian State10291
Robert NkemdicheDIOle Miss4494
Matt IoannidisDITemple12494
Jake McGeeTEFlorida12394
Darius LathamDIIndiana8497
Thomas DuarteTEUCLA8997
Kevin PetersonCBOklahoma State9499
Noah SpenceEDGEEastern Kentucky36100
Spencer DrangoGBaylor107100
Matt SkuraCDuke128102
Austin HooperTEStanford125102
Tyler BoydWRPittsburgh82102
Anthony ZettelDIPenn State114105
Kevin ByardSMiddle Tennessee State73106
Steven DanielsLBBoston College101107
Aaron BurbridgeWRMichigan State138108
Kyler FackrellEDGEUtah State65109
Kentrell BrothersLBMissouri108109
Demarcus AyersWRHouston150111
Jordan PaytonWRUCLA118112
Germain IfediOTTexas A&M182113
Kamalei CorreaEDGEBoise State78114
Sebastian TretolaGArkansas126114
Will AnthonyEDGENavy132114
David MorganTEUTSA153117
Austin BlytheCIowa203117
Nelson SpruceWRColorado145119
Darrell GreeneGSan Diego State157120
Devon CajusteTEStanford174120
Tajae SharpeWRUmass180122
Jakeem GrantWRTexas Tech173122
Kyle MurphyOTStanford72124
Derrick HenryRBAlabama95125
Cardale JonesQBOhio State222126
Cody KesslerQBUSC106126
Henry Krieger-CobleTEIowa230128
Devontae BookerRBUtah103128
C.J. ProsiseRBNotre Dame105128
Jordan JenkinsEDGEGeorgia127131
Jack AllenCMichigan State122132
Yannick NgakoueEDGEMaryland134133
Will ParksSArizona100134
Brandon AllenQBArkansas104134
D.J. ReaderDIClemson162136
Matt JohnsonQBBowling Green110137
Vernon Adams, JRQBOregon111137
Daniel LascoRBCal141139
Taveze CalhounCBMississippi State147140
Max TuerkCUSC113141
Jayron KearseSClemson120142
Will RedmondCBMississippi State116142
Joe HaegOTNorth Dakota State117142
Demarcus RobinsonWRFlorida140145
Terrell ChestnutCBWest Virginia129146
Jihad WardDIIllinois159147
B.J. GoodsonLBClemson146148
Trevone BoykinQBTCU142149
Kendall FullerCBVirginia Tech139149
Byron MarshallWROregon121151
Keanu NealSFlorida176152
Kenyan DrakeRBAlabama135153
Jonathan WilliamsRBArkansas137153
Jatavis BrownLBAkron131155
Tyrone HolmesEDGEMontana130155
Jacoby BrissettQBNC State151157
Kevin HoganQBStanford143157
Jeff DriskelQBLouisiana Tech149157
Eric MurrayCBMinnesota154157
Nile Lawrence-StampleDIFlorida State148161
Miles KillebrewSSouther Utah187162
Charles TapperEDGEOklahoma136163
Justin SimmonsSBoston College163164
D.J. WhiteCBGeorgia Tech155164
Trevon ColeyDIFlorida Atlantic186166
Terrell LathanDITCU167167
Cory JohnsonDIKentucky156167
KeiVarae RussellCBNotre Dame171169
Corey TindalCBMarshall172169
Tyler MatakevichLBTemple185171
Perez FordLBNorthern Illinois188171
Eddie YarbroughEDGEWyoming192171
Connor WujciakDIBoston College204174
Kyle RoseDIWest Virginia168175
Sterling BaileyDIGeorgia170175
Delvon SimmonsDIUSC175175
Brennan ScarlettDIStanford178175
Adam GotsisDIGeorgia Tech177175
Jhurell PressleyRBNew Mexico179175
Tyler GrayLBBoise State160181
Dadi Lhomme NicholasEDGEVirginia Tech161181
Aaron WallaceEDGEUCLA166181
Graham GlasgowGMichigan158181
Eric StrikerEDGEOklahoma165181
Ryker MathewsGBYU164181
Alex LewisOTNebraska183187
Landon TurnerGNorth Carolina133188
Nick VigilLBUtah State205188
Caleb AzubikeEDGEVanderbilt209188
Kolby ListenbeeWRTCU181191
Artie BurnsCBMiami144192
Joey HuntCTCU189193
DeAndre WashingtonRBTexas Tech194193
Tyler ErvinRBSan Jose State197193
Rashard RobinsonCBLSU200196
Clayton FejedelemSIllinois201196
Tanner McEvoySWisconsin206196
Donte DeayonCBBoise State199196
Bryson AlbrightEDGEMiami (OH)195200
Travis FeeneyEDGEWashington196200
Cody CoreWROle Miss184200
Kenny LawlerWRCal193200
Rees OdhiamboGBoise State190200
Quniton JeffersonDIMaryland210205
Nila KasitatiGOklahoma152206
D.J. PettwayEDGEAlabama211207
Blake MartinezLBStanford198207
Curt MaggittEDGETennessee207207
Ted KarrasGIllinois213207
Connor McGovernGMissouri202207
Teddy RubenWRTroy212207
Dak PrescottQBMississippi State221213
T.J. GreenSClemson217213
Brandon ShellOTSouth Carolina191215
Alex McCalisterEDGEFlorida169216
Ian SeauEDGENevada219217
Matt JudonEDGEGrand Valley State220217
Tyler RobertsLBTroy215217
Jenson StoshakWRFlorida Atlantic214217
Jordan WilliamsWRBall State218217
D.J. FosterWRArizona State216217
John TheusOTGeorgia231223
Jerald HawkinsOTLSU232223
Mike HiltonSOle Miss233223
Justin MurrayOTCincinnati249223
Nick ArbuckleQBGeorgia State242223
Prince Charles IworahCBWestern Kentucky225223
Jalen MillsCBLSU247223
Jesse ChapmanCAppalachian State241230
Jake BrendelCUCLA245230
Vincent ValentineDINebraska234230
Martavius FosterDIColorado State240230
Josh FergusonRBIllinois235230
Wendell SmallwoodRBWest Virginia228230
Praise Martin-OguikeEDGETemple208236
Mike RoseEDGENC State223237
Boston StiversonGKansas State237237
Jarell BroxtonGBaylor238237
Vadal AlexanderGLSU243237
Victor OchiEDGEStony Brook244237
Cory LittletonEDGEWashington246237
Roger LewisWRBowling Green224237
Deion JonesLBLSU250237
Jimmy BeanEDGEOklahoma State248237
Mitch MathewsWRBYU226237
Charone PeakeWRClemson229237
Chris MooreWRCincinnati236237
Trevor DavisWRCal239237
Alex EricksonWRWisconsin227237

| Analyst

Matt has been an analyst for PFF since 2013. He is also a contributor to 120 Sports and a former NCAA Division-III football player.

  • Jason Williams

    Do not draft a QB past the first round. I know they will but I hope they don’t. Any veteran retread will do fine as the backup.

    • Tim Edell

      Umm tell that to Jimmy Claussen?!?? You cannot enter the season with David Fales as the backup and the FA QB ranks are almost nill.

      • Jason Williams


        In one way you’re right – in another sense I’m only concerned about making the playoffs (consistently) which this team can’t do without a first round QB.

        • themacabre

          Pace will draft a QB somewhere…Doughty, Hogan, Allen, Brissett, Adams in the 3rd – 7th rounds. Cutler is on his last guaranteed yr, after that Bear can move him with no cap issues. More importantly his 6-7 years get very expensive at 20 million and almost 22 million. Bears won’t pay that.

        • Mike S.

          Nor can they make the playoffs consistently with Jay Cutler.
          You have to start searching for the future, which means you have to bring guys on the team who you think will be the one regardless of the round. Waiting to draft your future Qb in the 1st only is a huge mistake.

          • Jason Williams

            Google football outsiders draft positions of QBs. Here’s the short version – first round QBs play in more than twice the number of playoff games as second round QBs.

  • aruester

    All these analysts are stuck on taking an OT with #11…. It just isn’t going to happen. DL, CB or Elliott if he’s there. That’s it. They will take OL between the 4-7 rounds. Not sooner.