Ranking the Chicago Bears’ roster 1-53

No, this is not a final roster prediction. The Chicago Bears currently have 90 players on their offseason roster, and what I wanted to do was rank a large group of them from top to bottom, regardless of position. To do that, it made sense to use the NFL’s regular season roster weight of 53-man.

Obviously, the Bears’ final 53-man roster will take into account positional depth, among other things, but for our purposes, these are the most valuable 53 currently under contract in Chicago. And that’s how I’d like you to look at this list; not as a ranking of “best” necessarily, but of overall value. And value is defined in many ways.

But here’s how I defined it:

First, I listed each player in alphabetical order and then went down the list, assigning a number of points (1-10) for each of four criteria: talent, production, longevity and value (and I’ll explain what “value” means in this context in a second). Each criterion held an equal value of 25% of the player’s total score.

“Talent” is pretty self-explanatory but admittedly subjective. “Production” took into account any production at all, whether collegiate or professional; solid pro production, however, resulted in a higher score. “Longevity” took into account perceived years of service remaining as well as injury history. And, finally, “value” looked at a player’s perceived value to the team in terms of winning now and literal dollar value on the open market.

Keep in mind, too, that the position a player plays is going to have an inherent effect on their open market value. The average QB, for example, will naturally fetch a higher value score than the average RB, and so on.

The more I went over each player, the more I liked these categories, because while Charles Tillman, as an example, is a great player, his value and ranking for this team in 2013 and beyond should suffer based on his age and remaining shelf life. That’s not a shot, just a reality.

Likewise, a rookie’s inherent lack of production at the NFL level should hurt them in the production category, even if they did set all kinds of D2 records. Injury history, you will see, hurt some very talented players on this list, but rightfully so. Talent is great, but unless you can stay on the field, your overall value to your team is reduced.

I’m telling you this so that as you plow through the rankings you will hopefully have the answers to some of your questions as to why one player may be ranked higher than another. And keep in mind that I had zero idea how the rankings would shake out until after scoring each category and filtering the results. With all that said, here goes nothin’:

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