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Chicago Bears (Last Year: 7-9)
How much longer can this defense hold up without an offense? How many second- and third-round picks do the Bears' front office have to spend on defensive depth before they address the offense?
There really is no doubt in my mind that as of right now, this is the least talented offense in football, and I don't think the Bears should draft anything but offense Let's get right down to their draft range at pick No. 14:
Offense other than TE and C:
Shocker, I know. But if anyone tells you they know whom the Bears are going to take and they nail it down to one player at No. 14, they are lying. This draft range right here is insane. They could go QB (if Matt Ryan falls), RB, WR, or OT. I'm not going to pin it down on one player here because I think with so many glaring needs it's utterly impossible, but a better option would be...
With so many needs and at a very tradeable pick (meaning still highly valuable but not untradeable) unlike the top six picks. For more on my projected first-round trades keep looking at more picks in the teens for teams I believe could move up with the Bears.
I don't think Rex Grossman is the guy, but who could be in this draft? Joe Flacco's arm and upside is mighty tempting. Brian Brohm is certainly a viable candidate. I think Andre' Woodson's poise sets him apart from all the other quarterbacks in this draft. I'll tell you whom I would not draft if I were Chicago: Chad Henne.
He probably has the most overrated college career of any player in this draft class. I think if you take out the Florida game, his senior season was mediocre at best, and I don't want to hear the injury excuse. He's not going up against top talent; Purdue, Northwestern, Michigan State, and Eastern Michigan all come to mind. The poise is not there for and neither is the decision making. Also, when you factor in that he had more offensive talent to work with than any quarterback in the country, I think the Bears (and every other team in Round 2) should pass.
Another position the Bears should draft is guard. Chilo Rachal would make a lot of sense in the third round if he falls there. Roy Schuening, Mike McGlynn, and Robert Felton all fit what the Bears want to do in a power running game.
Who could they be looking at in terms of receivers? Well, first off, I wouldn't be surprised at all to see them draft two wide outs. Malcolm Kelly, Early Doucet, Jordy Nelson, and Keenan Burton fill the role as a possession receiver. I think they will also look to get a deep threat as well (putting Devin Hester in the slot). Eddie Royal, William Franklin, Donnie Avery, Harry Douglas, and Lavelle Hawkins would be great complements in the third-fifth round draft range.
I'm sure the Bears want to add an offensive tackle, but the depth is horrible in the third round and on. They might take Carl Nicks if he falls to them in the second round, but there are concerns with his character. I've read that Anthony Collins has serious maturity concerns. John Greco is a strong possibility for the Bears to shore up the right tackle position, and he will likely be on the board in the fourth round.
I think the most ideal fits for the Bears at running back are Ray Rice and Felix Jones in the second round. Rice is more of a workhorse and I grade him higher because of it, but Jones is a talented back as well. If he puts on some weight he could be a Willie Parker-type back for this offense.
Chicago Bears 2008 Offseason Needs
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