CSNChicago.com mentioned previously that the additions of Brandon Marshall, Devin Thomas and Eric Weems have materially altered the Bears' needs profile for the upcoming draft. Another wide receiver is always a possibility based on a nugget falling to them at No. 19 or the chance to trade down and add picks.
But the swing away from wideout already has begun among the outside prognosticators, and that was even before the Thomas signing.
National Football Posts most recent lineup of five Bears possibles has two No. 19 picks for wide receiver (Michael Floyd, Kendall Wright), one for OT Jonathan Martin (that would be a major surprise) and two for defensive ends: Whitney Mercilus from Illinois and Quinton Coples from North Carolina.
Wes Bunting over at NFP was among five mock drafters cited by USA Today on Wednesday. Wes call was Coples, which also is CSNChicago.coms if Coples is still available at No. 19. The head-scratcher is that three of the other four mocksters forecast the Bears taking Floyd or Wright at 19, with Nate Davis tabbing Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick at No. 19.
A veteran NFL personnel executive told CSNChicago.com on Thursday that defensive end or cornerback would be the likely Chicago targets. Kirkpatrick is 6-foot-1, which is Charles Tillman-ish, but hes not physical and weighs sub-190.
And Buntings assessment for CSNChicago.com at the recent combine is that this draft is corner-rich to the point of finding value (i.e., starters) in rounds 2 and 3.
The draft is still a month away but the Bears are not expected to be shopping hard for a pass rusher. Look for that to come almost exactly four weeks from right now.
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Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami
6'4" | 214 lbs.
3,532 YDS, 62.0 CMP%, 27 TD, 7 INT, 150.3 QBR
"Groomed to be a quarterback from an early age, Kaaya flashes the mechanics and intelligence of a player who has spent hours in quarterback camps. However, he can be too mechanical and thinks too much rather than just flowing and responding to what the field offers him. Kaaya could have used another year of college, but he has the tools and intangibles to become an NFL starter. While he can work around his average arm strength, he must improve his accuracy and anticipation if he is to make a mark in the NFL." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
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The Bears made things official Friday morning, announcing the signing of free-agent quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Sanchez has been much maligned since he was selected by the New York Jets with the fifth-overall pick in the 2009 draft.
In eight seasons — four with the New York Jets, two with the Philadelphia Eagles and one with the Dallas Cowboys — he's started 72 of the 77 games he's played in, completing 56.7 percent of his passes for 15,219 yards and 86 touchdowns compared to 86 interceptions.
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He went to the playoffs in each of his first two seasons, reaching the AFC Championship Game with the Jets in both 2009 and 2010. In six career playoff games, he completed 60.5 percent of his throws for 1,155 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions.
Sanchez, the USC product, played in just two games as a backup with the Cowboys last season, completing 10 of his 18 passing attempts for 93 yards.
Sanchez joins a reshaped Bears quarterback group that added Mike Glennon as an expected starter earlier this offseason.