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Which Position Should the Chicago Bears Target with Their First Round Pick?


Heading into the offseason, it seemed certain that the Bears would be spending pick #19 on a wide receiver.  After pulling off a big trade to get Brandon Marshall and some of their other free agent moves, that’s far from a slam dunk.  The draft is just weeks away and after a relatively successful free agency period, it’s time to turn the focus to the draft.  Here’s the big question that we need to answer – Which position should the Bears target with their first round pick?

New GM Phil Emery has done a decent job adding a BIG difference maker in Marshall, strong backups at RB and QB and boosted the depth of the defensive backfield and special teams with some back of the roster veterans.  But there are still plenty of holes up and down the Bears roster.  Let’s look at some possibilities of positions that could still use a boost.

Defensive End

The Bears missed out on their chance to land Mario Williams and Plan B Jeremy Mincey re-signed with the Jags.  They signed Izzy Idonije, but he showed last season that he’s not a full time pass rusher and is most effective in a rotation.  There will likely be some strong candidates around when the Bears select at #19.

Cornerback

Peanut Tillman isn’t getting any younger.  Sure, he’s coming off a Pro Bowl campaign in 2011, but depth opposite and behind him is iffy at best.  like Tim Jennings, but he’s not special.  Neither are the other backups they just signed in Kelvin Hayden and Jonathan Wilhite.  A corner that can start opposite Peanut who could eventually succeed him would be really nice.

Linebacker

Your two stud linebackers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs are on the wrong side of 30.  Nick Roach is alright, but he won’t make you forget Urlacher any time soon.  The Bears desperately need to add some youth to the linebacking corp.  The guys they have behind the starters are anonymous at best.

Safety

They have drafted one in each of the last 7 drafts.  Why stop the streak?  If they could find another Mike Brown, Lovie’s defense would work a heck of a lot better.  I like what I’ve seen out of Chris Conte and Major Wright, but they could still use a boost in this area.

Defensive Tackle

The Bears let Anthony Adams go and Amobi Okoye just signed with Tampa, so there will be some holes to fill in the interior defensive line.  Henry Melton took a nice step forward last season but he and Stephen Paea and Matt Toeina will need some help on the inside.

Offensive Line

If you believe Lovie Smith and Phil Emery, the Bears offensive line will improve from within.  The addition of Gabe Carimi, coming off an almost redshirt season and the loss of nut-job Mike Martz will increase Jay Cutler’s life expectancy.  Not everyone is convinced.  Is J’Marcus Webb the left tackle for a Super Bowl contender?  The top OT’s will be off the board, but there are some late round picks that could make some sense for the Bears.

Wide Receiver

Even after the addition of Brandon Marshall, there are many who think the Bears should add more help for Jay Cutler.  Michael Floyd will be gone by #19 but there will be others who could be difference makers available like Steph Hill, Alshon Jeffery or Kendall Wright.

Tight End

Mike Martz like to put another offensive tackle with a jersey # in the 80′s at tight end, so he sent Greg Olsen packing.  Now the Bears seek another threat in the passing game and in the red zone.  Kellen Davis is resigned, but they could use some help in this area.  How about Coby Fleener out of Standford at #19?

Which position should the Bears target with their first round draft pick?

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Back up your votes with some comments.  Let’s hear which specific players you want to see them target.

BEAR DOWN!!!

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  • http://www.beardownone.blogspot.com/ Beardownone

    While a case can be made for any spot on defense to get younger or better in some cases, I would still like a bold move in the first round. As you know from my previous rants I think the Bears trading up for Michael Floyd I the move that would really push them into the upper echelon. Now I’m not saying Floyd is a savior or a Brandon Marshell type difference maker(yet) I do believe that making this move would make that area one of the best I’m the league for years to come. With that move you make an already young offense a bit younger and can focus almost all your attention to getting younger on defense minus a left tackle that is the next couple of years. The only way I would go against this is if the linebacker from Boston College who’s name escapes me right now is at the spot you trade up too. That would be maybe the best possible scenario. Funny how Lovie doing his all to win a meaningless game cost the Bears a shot at one of these two players.

  • http://www.beardownone.blogspot.com/ Beardownone

    Stupid auto fill made that a mess sorry about that

  • DustyRhodes

    bears must have a serious ‘o’ line and they need depth, or it will be another long season… bring back the fullback for blocking . martz never used a real fb…
     
    bear down.

  • UCF_Bear

     @Beardownone BC – Luke Kuechly, I would love to see the Beloved take him in the 1st rd.  I’m not giving up on getting the Browns #22, HOWEVER we can get it.  They’ve got picks to spare and aren’t on the tipping point of going anywhere anytime soon.

  • Mr.Pickles

    I vote “none of the above”.  I think the Bears should simply draft the best player available when they get on the clock.  Granted there are some holes on the roster but I don’t think any of them are so glaring they should pass up a potential stud at a position that seems like less of a need.  The Packers and Giants both draft the best player available and they’ve fared pretty well the last few seasons.