Bears have three areas of need heading into the Scouting Combine

Bears have three areas of need heading into the Scouting Combine
February 19, 2013, 4:00 pm
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The Bears currently have the 20th pick in the first round and while we don't know which player they will select, it's safe to say that player will be participating in the NFL Scouting Combine that kicks off Wednesday.

The combine runs through February 26th in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium. Over 300 college players will attend over the course of the week.

Phil Emery and his staff have plenty of directions to go with their first pick. The most obvious area to target is the Offensive line, where a solid starting tackle is a high priority. With so much invested in the skill positions, it is time for the Bears to solidify the area that really allows the offense to perform with high efficiency.  Tackles Gabe Carimi and J'Marcus Webb have not shown enough for the Bears to be able to ignore the bookend positions.

The linebacking  group is getting older, and regardless of whether or not Brain Urlacher returns they need to find a long-term answer at middle linebacker. Nick Roach might also have to be replaced if he chooses to leave via free agency.  There are always good, young, talented and athletic linebackers in the draft and the Bears will be looking for at least one.

Another area on offense that should be addressed is the tight end spot. Phil Emery seems to still believe in Kellen Davis, but the team needs an athletic guy that is a more natural pass catcher. Davis wasn't used properly last season under Mike Tice. He's a big body that is most effective in the short passing game and "posting up" in option-type routes that take advantage of his size. This may not be as high of a priority this year as the more immediate need on the offensive line and the unknown that exists at linebacker.

The are always other areas to fill, but those are probably the top three. And don't forget that the backup quarterback position will once again be a key role to fill as well.