Positional Analysis: Defensive Backs

The Bears have a third different secondary coach in as many years. Even though there is Pro Bowl talent to work with, depth has become an issue the team is likely to address in the off-season.

DEFENSIVE BACKS: Starters - LCB Charles Tillman, RCB Nathan Vasher, SS Mike Brown, FS Chris Harris. Backups - CB Jerry Azumah, S Todd Johnson, S Brandon McGowan, S Mike Green, CB Rashied Davis, CB Chris Thompson.

Chicago's pass defense finished 5th in the league. The secondary accounted for 20 of the team's 24 interceptions and only allowed 10 passing touchdowns.

This supposedly deep group was victimized by injuries and Steve Smith in the playoff loss to the Panthers.

The ball-hawking Vasher had eight interceptions and was rewarded with a trip to Hawaii. He has a knack for big plays and a nose for the ball with excellent return ability. Though undersized at 5-10 and 180, Vasher is not reluctant to hit in run support.

Tillman is inconsistent. He has the size to match up with bigger receivers but was replaced by a safety when the Bears anticipated running plays. He seems to go in the tank after a bad play early in the game and could be better suited to safety unless he improves his technique and remains consistent with it. He had surgery on his shoulder to keep it from continually dislocating, but is expected to be ready for training camp.

Brown is the brains of the secondary and a big hitter, but he lacks some size and speed. After missing just one start his four years in the league, Brown has been limited to just 14 regular season games the past two years because of injury. Questions about his durability could force the Bears to address safety in the draft.

Harris is also a physical hitter and a good ball athlete, but he was often late providing help in coverage as a rookie. The sixth round pick proved to be a steal and could develop into a playmaker with time.

Azumah is an unrestricted free agent who has a chronic hip problem and also has had neck surgery. The Bears won't get into a bidding war for him.

Green will be a cap casualty, but Johnson is another physical presence. McGowan came out of nowhere as an undrafted rookie to start three games and showed promise. A knee injury required surgery and leaves his status for training camp in doubt. Davis is a utility player who is valuable on special teams. Thompson looked out of place in the postseason, but it was more a case of a bad matchup than lack of ability.

The Bears will use the draft to bolster depth in the secondary. A first day selection at cornerback is necessary to help fill the void left by Azumah as the nickel back. A young safety could also be added to the mix, but can wait until later in the draft.

Scout.com contributed to this report.

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