Where the Bears may look in Round 1

Where the Bears may look in Round 1
April 24, 2013, 12:15 pm
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The Bears are currently the owners of the 20th pick in tomorrow's NFL draft, but whether they stay in the spot remains to be seen.

What's been interesting over the last few weeks is that various mock drafts have the Bears selecting any of six different positions, which means they could go in any direction.

The foundation for NFL teams begins on the offensive and defensive lines. For that reason, if there are players on either side of the line who can start or be major contributors for the long haul, I think that is where Phil Emery looks first.  Even though the Bears have upgraded the offensive line, there is no such thing as having too many good players in the group. 

On the defensive line it's the same story. Another solid interior player would help allow new defensive coordinator Mel Tucker's unit to continue a reliable rotation they had under Lovie Smith last season. And even though they still have Julius Peppers and an emerging Corey Wooton, they can't overlook a pass rusher.

[RELATED: CSNChicago.com NFL mock draft]

If the Bears are not thrilled with what's there--assuming they remain at No. 20--I think the next targeted position will be linebacker. They have to get younger and more athletic at the spot, and with two of the current starters on short term deals, it's an area that is a need.

From there the Bears could go anywhere along the board. It's hard to imagine them drafting any other positions in the first round.

It will remain interesting on Day 2. I believe they will take a quarterback no later than the fourth round, and they currently don't hold a third round pick. The cost of veteran quarterbacks is skyrocketing and with the future of Jay Cutler up in the air after this 2013 season, adding a young QB to develop has to be on Emery's mind, especially because of the talent they've assembled in every area on the offensive side of the ball.

But who knows, they could surprise all of us and take a kicker at No. 20...OK, well that may be a stretch. But on draft day, as we've seen in the past, there are always surprises and anything can happen.