Bears' rookies will have a chance to start

Bears' rookies will have a chance to start
May 13, 2013, 4:15 pm
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The Bears began their three week  Organized Team Activities today, which means it was the first time the rookies were on the field with the veterans.

The Bears selected six players in this year's draft, and what's interesting about the class is that many of them could find their way on to the field based on the positions they play.

Let's start at the bottom with seventh round pick Marquess Wilson, who will enter a relatively thin wide receiver corps with Devin Hester removed from the equation and the departure of Johnny Knox. Wilson  is lanky, but runs well and can catch the ball. If he can shine early he could be in line as the Bears' No. 4 or 5 wideout.

Sixth round pick Cornelius Washington has a chance add much-needed depth at defensive end. He's got the size and athletic ability to develop into a key contributor. Somebody has to take the spot vacated by Israel Idonije, and Washington could be that guy.

Fifth round tackle Jordan Mills will have the toughest time cracking the lineup. As a rookie tackle, the transition isn't always easy and the Bears seem content to let J'Marcus Webb and Jonathan Scott battle it out at right tackle.

The two linebackers in this year's draft, Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene, are likely future starters but beating out Veterans D.J. Williams and James Anderson in 2013 will be difficult, especially because the Bears are in a win-now mode. The two rookies are talented, though, so they can't be counted out.

If first round pick Kyle Long doesn't start at right guard it would mean the Bears overvalued his worth in the draft. He has to earn the starting spot or the Bears would have back-to-back years in which their first rounders couldn't crack the starting lineup. The coaches liked what they saw from him, but his big test will come during training camp and preseason games.

As with all rookies, they have an uphill battle to beat out guys with more experience, and adjusting to the NFL is never easy so each guy will have to prove themselves every day.