The NFL Draft is here. Before the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft is announced tonight, many teams are scouring over there draft boards making final adjustments to their rankings of NFL prospects. While NFL teams are going through that process, now is the time to refresh your memory on the picks the Bears currently have and their team needs as they enter the draft.
- First Round, 20th overall selection
- Second Round, 50th overall selection (18)
- Fourth Round, 117th overall selection (20)
- Fifth round, 153rd overall selection (20)
- Sixth Round, 188th overall selection (20)
The Bears could definitely use some additional draft selections. In order to acquire more draft selections, the Bears will likely have to trade down with their first round selection. There could be a match for the Bears with teams such as the San Francisco 49ers or Houston Texans.
- Linebacker: The departure of linebackers Nick Roach and Brian Urlacher will have an impact on the Bears’ defense. The Bears signed linebackers D.J. Williams and James Anderson to one year contracts, but the team is still in need of a long-term solution at the middle linebacker position. If the Bears keep their first round selection, expect the team to go with a linebacker with that selection.
- Offensive Line: Ideally, the Bears would like to draft their next center in this draft. Roberto Garza is getting older and likely is entering his final year or two as being a suitable center in the NFL. The Bears improved their offensive line with the signing of Jermon Bushrod this off-season, but the team is still in need of a young-fixture on the offensive line.
- Defensive Line: Henry Melton was impressive for the Bears last season, however, there is some doubt to whether or not Melton can produce at the same level for the Bears this season. For that reason, it may be in the Bears’ interest to select a defensive end with one of their first couple of draft picks.
- Cornerback: Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings formed one of the league’s top cornerback duos in 2012. However, the fact remains that both Tillman and Jennings are aging. In a league that has seen an increased focus on shutdown corners, it may be in the Bears’ best interest to find a shutdown cornerback of their own in this year’s draft.
The Bears may also be in need of a quarterback and wide receiver, but given the scarcity of the Bears’ current draft picks, the Bears would be best to focus on other positions.