The Chicago Bears secondary has been a big weak spot for years. As such, upgrading the cornerback and safety positions is top priority for GM Ryan Pace this off-season.
Last season the Bears forced just 8 interceptions, fewest in the NFL.
The team's No. 1 corner, Tracy Porter, will be 31 when the 2017 season starts and former first-round pick Kyle Fuller may not even make the team next season.
Rookie Cre'Von LeBlanc showed flashes of some potential but he wasn't consistent with his play, and neither was Bryce Callahan.
As a result, expect the Bears to address cornerback early in the 2017 NFL Draft, where a number of interesting prospects will be available in the first few rounds.
Here are the corners the Bears should be keeping an eye on during Monday’s on-field session at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine.
Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
Lattimore (6-1, 192) would be the only realistic option at the cornerback position for the Bears with the third overall pick. If the Bears aren't comfortable taking a quarterback in the first round, they could look to improve the secondary. Lattimore would be a surprise pick at that spot but would fill a big need for the Bears. His coverage skills are the best in the draft and would give the Bears a No. 1 cornerback immediately next season. He's expected to have a good outing at the combine and could certainly raise his stock for April’s draft. But will he raise it enough to be considered at number three?
Teez Tabor, Florida
The University of Florida has churned out defensive prospects for years, including Vernon Hargreaves and Keanu Neal, who both went in the first round in 2016. This year the Gators have two prospects that are also considered first-round talents. At the top is Teez Tabor, who has the size (6-0, 201) and athleticism to be a No. 1 corner in the NFL. Tabor has impressive hands, which help him win 50/50 balls against receivers. It will be very interesting to see how Tabor performs at the drills, as his speed is a concern.
Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
After earning a redshirt in his first year, Humphrey went on to be a two-year starter at the University of Alabama. In his first year, he was named to the All-SEC Freshman team and put together a solid career for the Crimson Tide. He was excellent in man coverage and has good awareness in zone as well. Humphrey NFL-ready size (6-1, 196) and could be a good value pick for the Bears in the second round.
Sidney Jones, Washington
Jones is thinner than most NFL teams would like (6-1, 170) but he plays with a toughness clubs love. He’s projected to be a late first or early second round pick in April. His closing speed and instincts are top tier, although Jones will need to add some strength in order to man up with physical receivers in the NFL.
Adoree’ Jackson, USC
Jackson is one of the best athletes in this class, playing not only cornerback at USC but some offense and special teams as well. His tackling ability stands out right away and he could test off the charts in the 40-yard dash. Jackson could be a good fit for the Bears in the second round, as he could likely contribute as a cornerback and return man immediately.