Bears select Calvin Ridley in Todd McShay’s first mock draft

The Bears find themselves in familiar territory, expected to pick inside the top 10 of the 2018 NFL Draft. With three games remaining, the Bears are currently would pick 8th in the NFL Draft.

The Bears have many needs, particularly wide receiver and outside linebacker. Other position needs include offensive tackle and cornerback.

ESPN draft expert Todd McShay has Bears taking Alabama star WR Calvin Ridley. Ridley has 17 career touchdowns and is arguably the best at his position in college football. His speed, athleticism and superb route running definitely makes him a top- 10 talent.

The Bears wide receiver group may be among the worst in the league. Their leading receiver in receptions–Kendall Wright with just 43. Markus Wheaton has just one catch and is getting paid $6 million guaranteed in 2017.

McShay’s choice for the Bears makes perfect sense considering their current situation. Ridley has 55 catches for 896 yards and three touchdown in the regular season for the Crimson Tide.

Dontrelle Inman has shown enough to maybe stick around next season but is no more than a No.3 wide receiver in your depth chart. Cameron Meredith is a restricted free agent and there is no indication the Bears are going to let him go. Kevin White was sidelined again this season and who knows if he will amount to anything in Chicago.

There are plenty of WRs in the 2018 free agent class. Jarvis Landry, Terrelle Pryor, and Sammy Watkins are notable names the Bears could end up bringing in. General Manager Ryan Pace needs to surround his young quarterback in Mitchell Trubisky with weapons and if need be, have to overpay.

Drafting a wide receiver, whether it’s in round one or later, is inevitable given the current talent on the roster. Ridley would be a great place to start.

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