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Bears Will Get Defensive Early in the 2010 Draft

With no Bears game to recap this week, it’s time for a look forward – and I don’t mean to next week’s tilt vs. the Falcons. I’m talking next year, as in the 2010 NFL Draft.

I know a helluva lot can happen between now and April with free agent signings and trades, but here are the top 4 positions Jerry the GM and Bears’ scouts are probably paying special attention to right now. The below position rankings are according to

Need #1 – Defensive End

Ogunleye and Anderson are both in the final year of their Bears contracts. There’s a chance one of them could be re-signed. I’m guessing the Bears would love to lock up Anderson this season (he’s younger and would come cheaper than Ogunleye), before he hits the open market and a team outbids the Bears based solely on his potential. But the organization must also think about big paydays for Cutler, Olsen and Daniel Manning. If Ogunleye and Anderson both exit stage right, that would leave only rookie, pool-jumping-sensation, DT/DE Jarron Gilbert and DT/DE Izzy Idonije as the remaining options to start opposite Alex Brown.

Franchise Prospects

1. Greg Hardy, Ole Miss

2. Carlos Dunlap, Florida (Jr.)

3. Corey Wootton, Northwestern

Likely Starters

4. Brandon Graham, Michigan

5. Jermaine Cunningham, Florida

6. Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB TCU

7. Brandon Lang, Troy

8. Everson Griffen, USC (Jr.)

Need #2 – Cornerback

With Vasher on the outs with the coaching staff and the once-promising Corey Graham riding the pine, there (surprisingly) isn’t a lot of depth behind Bowman and Tillman. Bringing in a top talent at corner would allow Lovie to leave Manning at free safety in the nickel package next year, rather than have him flip-flop between FS and nickel back.

Franchise Prospects

1. Patrick Robinson, Florida State

2. Kyle Wilson, Boise State

3. Joe Haden, Florida (Jr.)

Likely Starters

4. Javier Arenas, Alabama

5. Myron Lewis, Vanderbilt

6. Stephan Virgil, Virginia Tech

7. Trevard Lindley, Kentucky

8. Ras-I Dowling, Virginia (Jr.)

Need #3 – Offensive Tackle

Is it just me, or does it seem like tackles have been a need each of the last 5 drafts? Chris Williams looks like he can hold down one of the tackle spots for years to come. Orlando Pace and Kevin Schaeffer are under contract for 2010 and beyond, but neither one of them are considered long-term solutions. Having a young, athletic tackle to sit and learn behind one of the best tackles of the last 20 years (Pace) wouldn’t be such a bad thing, would it?

Franchise Prospects

1. Trent Williams, OT Oklahoma

2. Russell Okung, Oklahoma State

Likely Starters

3. Bryan Bulaga, Iowa (Jr.)

4. Matt Reynolds, BYU (Jr.)

5. Anthony Davis, Rutgers (Jr.)

6. Ciron Black, LSU

7. Adam latoski, Texas

8. Charles Brown, USC

Need #4 – Running Back

The rest of this season will be a make or break time for Garrett Wolfe. The former 3rd round pick has been solid on special teams, but he’s failed to live up to his lofty draft position. With Kevin Jones out for the year and Adrian Peterson injured, Wolfe will have plenty of opportunities to show everyone he’s an NFL caliber back. If he doesn’t, the Bears will have to look at the well-stocked position in the draft.

Franchise Prospects

1. Evan Royster, Penn State (Jr.)

2. Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech (Jr.)

3. C.J. Spiller, RB Clemson

4. Jahvid Best, RB California (Jr.)

Likely Starters

5. DeMarco Murray, RB Oklahoma (Jr.)

6. Chris Brown, RB Oklahoma

7. LeGarrette Blount, RB Oregon

8. Charles Scott, RB LSU

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One Response to “Bears Will Get Defensive Early in the 2010 Draft”

  1. Jake Perper says:

    very good stuff, I like these break downs, a little early for draft talk though.

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