Saturday, April 20, 2013

2013 NFL Draft Team Needs: Chicago Bears

1. Inside Linebacker: With Urlacher gone, Chicago needs someone else to man middle linebacker position. They will probably take one with their first or second round pick. Alec Ogletree looks like he might be there for them with the 20th overall pick.

2. Offensive Tackle: Despite being a major need, Chicago probably won't address this until the later rounds. This is because they think they have a star in Bushrod. Unfortunately, his numbers were inflated by the New Orleans system. The tape shows how much he really struggled. They will still probably take a tackle late for depth, but this will probably be a big need next season too.

3. Wide Receiver: Jeffery and Marshall form a decent duo, but Chicago has discussed wanting to add another vertical threat to compliment Marshall. There has even been a few connections to Chicago and Tavon Austin, but he probably won't fall to them in round one. They will probably use their second or fourth round pick on a speedy wideout.

4. Tight End: Bennett was a great signing, but they could still use someone to compliment him. I've seen some people mock Eiffert to them in round one, but I think that's a bit early. However, that is still a possibility if the top linebackers and Austin are off the board.

5. Cornerback: Chicago has a decent group of cornerbacks, but if you look at the roster almost all of them will be free agents next season. It will be impossible to retain all of them, so Chicago might look to bring in a rookie with a mid to late round pick this draft.

6. Quarterback: Cutler is the unquestionable starter, but if you have followed the Bears at all over the past few seasons you know not everyone has full faith in him. If the front office feels the same way, they might grab a developmental quarterback if one falls to them. At the very least, they might want to upgrade current backup Josh McCown.

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