Fresh from the Fest: 2015 NFL Draft is finally here

   This upcoming Thursday, Chicago will be hosting the eightieth NFL Draft where collegiate players will make the transition into one of the 32 teams in the NFL.  Our hometown team, the Chicago Bears, has had many NFL analysts pulling their hair predicting the possible player they will draft with the seventh overall pick. If it was up to me, I would stay safe and pick something this team needs, a defensive beast.

     I’ve heard  many different draft possibilities, like Amari Cooper, Kevin White and even what seems to be an out of reach, Marcus Mariota pick. But the Bears are shying away from what has built this franchise, a defense that dominates offensives and does not care who is in their way.

   When fans think about the Bears, they picture greats like Walter Payton, but franchise makers were definitely defensive beasts like Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary, William “The Fridge” Perry and even Brian Urlacher.

    The Bears have done a great job so far this offseason with focusing  on repairing their humiliating defense of 2014. So far, the Bears have hired a defensive–minded head coach, John Fox, and have signed players such as safety Antrel Rolle, linebacker Mason Foster and other minor signings.

  When thinking defensively [like they should be], Bear’s possible draft selections are cornerback Trae Waynes, defensive tackle Danny Shelton, linebacker Vic Beasley and pass rusher Randy Gregory.

  All of these players have the opportunity to add some force to the struggling Bear’s defense. Their impressive combined scores in the 40–yard dash and long jump show their true power and speed. Just this past draft, the Bears went with a controversial use of their third pick on cornerback Kyle Fuller, who had four interceptions in his rookie season and over 60 tackles.

  Many might look at the Bear’s defensive picks this year and say they are risky, just like the Fuller decision, but defensively, these picks are needed for success this season.

       Besides defense, the Bears have been rumored to go after a replacement for Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall, who was traded to the New York Jets this offseason. This draft is rich in wide receivers, which is why the Bears are using their seventh pick to cash in on a receiver with play making ability.

     Whatever the Bears decide to do with their seventh pick in the draft, the choice can have a huge impact on the upcoming season. Whether they choose a top wide receiver prospect or another defensive monster, we will all be waiting in anticipation on draft day.