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Chicago Bears six biggest needs entering 2013 NFL Draft

Could the Chicago Bears look for quarterback Jay Culter's eventual replacement in the draft?

Could the Chicago Bears look for quarterback Jay Cutler’s eventual replacement in the 2013 NFL Draft?

With free agency mostly behind us, it’s time to turn our attention to the 2013 NFL draft and start considering what teams could be looking for there. Rather than waste my time trying to project specific players to the Chicago Bears, who do not pick until the second half of the first round, I’m going to look instead at various positional needs they could look to address in the draft.

Furthermore, I am going to look at primary needs through two lenses. The first is immediate concerns, which deals only with the 2013 roster. What are the positions where the Chicago Bears need a guy who can step in and play right away? The second is more long-term concerns, looking down the road at what likely roster holes the Bears will have in the next couple years. This involves a little more guesswork, especially since the Bears have over 35 contracts set to expire after 2013. Still, there are some positions that clearly stand out as being areas of need in the next year or two.

Let’s stop wasting time and get right to it!

The Bears could hope to find a speedster similar to Johnny Knox in the middle rounds.

The Chicago Bears could hope to find a speedster similar to Johnny Knox in the middle rounds.

Immediate needs

General manager Phil Emery has worked hard in free agency to plug most of the team’s obvious roster holes with capable veterans, bringing in starters at left tackle, tight end, offensive guard, and linebacker. Consequently, Chicago could probably head into the 2013 season right now feeling pretty good about their starting lineup. There are, however, still two areas that could use a definite immediate upgrade.

They need a deep threat to complement their trio of receivers in Brandon Marshall, Earl Bennett, and Alshon Jeffery. With tight end Martellus Bennett and running back Matt Forte already in the fold, the prospect doesn’t need to see many targets, but having a speedster who can force the defense to respect the long ball would be extremely helpful. Look for the Bears to take a receiver somewhere in Rounds 4 or 5.

The offensive guard opposite the newly acquired Matt Slauson is also up for grabs. On the roster currently are Edwin Williams and James Brown, and Gabe Carimi may also compete for that spot. None of them exactly inspires confidence, though. There are rookies available in the first two rounds who would be a definite upgrade, and the Bears could pull the trigger on an early pick here with hopes of solidifying their offensive line.

Finding a long-term replacement for center Roberto Garza in the draft would be a boon for the Chicago Bears.

Finding a long-term replacement for center Roberto Garza in the draft would be a boon for the Chicago Bears.

Long-term needs

There are four positions where Chicago is likely going to need impact players ready to step up in the next one or two years.

Incumbent center Roberto Garza is already 34. This position could almost be considered an immediate need, since Garza is not exactly a premier player, but at least he is not terrible. The team would be fine with him starting in 2013, but he is not likely to last much longer than that. It would not be surprising to see the Bears pick a center anywhere in the fourth round or later.

Starting linebackers Brian Urlacher and Nick Roach were lost this offseason. Chicago managed to sign competent veterans in D.J. Williams and James Anderson, but they are both approaching 30 and on one-year deals. Lance Briggs, the other presumptive starter, is not getting any younger. It is possible the Bears will look to add a linebacker early to compete for playing time this year, but their likely need for two or three new starters in the next two years could mean they also look to draft an additional developmental player in the middle or late rounds.

The Bears might look for an eventual replacement for cornerback Charles Tillman.

The Chicago Bears might look for an eventual replacement for cornerback Charles Tillman.

Quarterback Jay Cutler is in the final year of his contract and may not prove to be the long-term answer the Bears are looking for. Even if Cutler does do well under the new coaching staff, having a solid backup at the game’s most important position is never a bad thing  A high pick here seems unlikely, especially considering how weak this year’s quarterback class is, but a mid- or late-round pick for a developmental player would not be surprising.

Chicago returns two Pro Bowl cornerbacks in Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings this year, but Tillman is getting old, both of their contracts expire after 2013, and a roster can never have too many good cornerbacks. There have been rumors that Chicago might look for a cornerback earlier than people think, with hopes that he will serve as a good nickelback this year and be ready to be a full-time starter in another year or two. If they do not grab a player here early, do not be surprised to see them get one later in the draft.

Conclusion

The biggest problem staring Chicago in the face is that although they have six positions of need in the next three years, they only have five picks in the 2013 draft. The unfortunate consequence is that, barring a trade, at least one of these will have to be neglected.

So what positions do you think the Bears will look for in the early, middle, and late rounds? Let me know in the comments below.

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JVince 11
JVince 11

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Prit
Prit

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Prit
Prit

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Mods Suck
Mods Suck

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Mods Suck
Mods Suck

 Other witnesses compared the scene the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, and authorities said the plant made materials similar to that used to fuel the bomb that tore apart that city's Murrah Federal Building.

This is exactly the reason why I typically avoid reading stories about disasters like this. Idiots always have to draw unnecessary parallels, most of which end up being unfounded. I hate it. Just shut up, deal with the situation at hand, and stop trying to extrapolate to bigger things you probably know nothing about.

Most Exalted 7 Star General Horse
Most Exalted 7 Star General Horse

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Mars One is even taking this principle as far as allowing members of the general public to pick the first four colonists by popular vote, based on a candidate pool it deems physically and psychologically appropriate.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/18/one_way_mars_one_big_brother/

Buhlitz
Buhlitz

What kind of zoning do they have in Texas? A fertilizer plant next to a nursing home?

natesweet
natesweet moderator

Damn this world. There was a giant fertilizer explosion a couple years ago over seas too. Maybe its time to stop fucking around we things we don't have a complete and secure grasp on or to stop being so haphazard with the things we are trying to harness. Our cockiness as mere humans seems to be catching up with us around every corner. I just want a simple life, not all this madness.

0125
0125 moderator

That explosion thing is sad....

0125
0125 moderator

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Big A - The one and only
Big A - The one and only

Trying to follow the revolution in Russia here and France on TV at same time, watching Les Mis

0125
0125 moderator

Damn watching Game of thrones while baked gives you a new perspective.

Koosh12684
Koosh12684

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Kim Jong Un
Kim Jong Un

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Kim Jong Un
Kim Jong Un

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Prit
Prit

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Prit
Prit

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0125
0125 moderator

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Good Night all. Be safe. 

LKP
LKP

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0125
0125 moderator

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G & G
G & G moderator

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Buhlitz
Buhlitz

The average sheet of paper is about .09652 mm thick

Take that, and multiply it by two 42 times, you get 424,499,449,251.7581 mm

Convert that to kilometers and you get 424,499.5 km

The average distance from the earth to the moon is 384,400 km, so yes, what J.Walter Weatherman said is correct.

Reesypieces
Reesypieces

Did you know Stalin Daughter moved to Wisconsin and died here? 


Koosh12684
Koosh12684

This is possibly one of the most unbelievable facts we’ve ever posted. What you first might think is that this can't possibly be true because the 200 paper stacks sold at stores are only a few centimeters. 

But if you consider how folding paper works, it all makes sense. The moon’s average distance from earth is 384,000 kilometers away. If you take a piece of paper and fold it in half, it would be twice as thick as it was before. One page is about 0.01 centimeters high. 

That means it would take 3,840,000,000,000,000 pages, or 3.8 pentillion pages, to reach the moon- if they were stacked on top of each other. How then, could one piece of paper folded 42 times reach the moon? 

The answer is simple when you consider exponential growth. When you fold a page, it becomes twice as thick as it was before- two pages thick. But when you fold it a second time, it becomes four pages thick because it doubles again. If you fold it a third time, it’s eight pages thick. 

Because paper folding is subject to exponential growth, if you could fold a paper twenty times, it would pass Mt. Everest at 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). With this math, it takes only 42 foldings to reach the moon, and 94 foldings to make something the size of the known visible universe. 

The only problem is you’ll have trouble folding a piece of paper more than a few times.

Buhlitz
Buhlitz

if adrian peterson beats barry sanders it will kind of be like obama getting all the votes from young people. 
ill blame them.