In part eight of the offseason position rankings, we look at the cornerbacks for the Detroit Lions and the rest of their NFC North rivals.
In today’s issue of NFC North Position Rankings, we’ll be checking out the cornerbacks of the Detroit Lions and their division rivals. Where many rankings look at defensive backs as a whole, I decided to look at the secondary from their specific positions. So even if a safety comes in on nickel packages, he won’t be mentioned today.
But first, be sure to check out all my previous divisional rankings below:
Detroit Lions, NFC North Position Rankings: Quarterbacks
Detroit Lions, NFC North Position Rankings: Running Backs
Detroit Lions, NFC North Position Rankings: Wide Receivers
Detroit Lions, NFC North Position Rankings: Tight Ends
Detroit Lions, NFC North Position Rankings: Offensive Line
Detroit Lions, NFC North Position Rankings: Defensive Line
Detroit Lions, NFC North Position Rankings: Linebackers
Today we find ourselves starting up back in the Windy City.
4. Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears had a rough time at cornerback last season. Rather than looking at the draft to fix this problem, they checked the free agent market.
The only player of note to actually step on the field last season for the Bears is Bryce Callahan. He was active for 11 games, and should still contribute, just not as a starter.
Kyle Fuller was supposed to be the lockdown cornerback of the future for Chicago when he was drafted in 2014. But after a knee injury last season held him out all year, there is some doubt his future will be with the Bears. If he can get back to his play prior to the injury, it would really help the Bears as they will be looking for help from anybody at this position.
The biggest name that the Bears brought in this season is Prince Amukamara. Amukamara began his career with the New York Giants in 2011. Since then he’s slowed down his production and never reached superstar status. Last year he signed a one-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he was quickly passed by rookie phenom Jalen Ramsey. On the Bears, he should be a starter but could still be jumped on the depth chart.
Their other new addition has a chance to not only be the starter but the number one corner by season’s end. Marcus Cooper signed with the Bears after a great season with the Arizona Cardinals. He played in 15 games, recorded 69 tackles and maybe most importantly, four interceptions. Any defense would love turnovers, and if Cooper could bring that to Chicago, they should fall in love with him quickly.
Unfortunately, with nobody being a solidified played at the moment, there is no way the Bears are anywhere but fourth this week.