2012 NFL Draft: 7 Holes Chicago Bears Must Address in Draft

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2012 NFL Draft: 7 Holes Chicago Bears Must Address in Draft
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Before we begin, a caveat is in order.

As long as general manager Jerry Angelo is running the 2012 draft for the Bears, all hope for that draft class will be muted.

Angelo is to drafting as Tim Tebow is to atheism.

To be fair, Angelo has a fairly decent track record with his lower-round picks. But his early-round picks have, overall, been major busts. And those first-day picks are what's critical.

When other quality teams are benefiting from the development and success of their early-round picks while the Bears remain status quo with high picks that disappear, the Bears will not be serious contenders for the Super Bowl.

Unfortunately for Bears fans, Angelo will again likely be handed the keys to the proverbial car in April 2012 for the team's draft.

The draft must go on.

And so must we writers as we assess the many needs the team needs to address.

Note: For brevity, I lumped a couple holes into one on a couple occasions (e.g., defensive tackle and defensive end were combined into a general "defensive line" need for the draft).

Let's begin our draft shopping list.

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