2012 NFL Draft: Every Need the Chicago Bears Must Address

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2012 NFL Draft: Every Need the Chicago Bears Must Address
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If Michael Floyd is surprisingly still available at No. 19, he will be hard to pass up.

Now that the main free agents are off the board, it's time for the Chicago Bears to look to the NFL draft to fill their remaining holes.

They tried to acquire a defensive end to pair with Julius Peppers. They thought they had a deal in place with Jeremy Mincey, but he signed instead with the Jags.

And while they solved their need for a No. 1 wide receiver, they still need a complementary player to take the pressure off Brandon Marshall. So, the position still must be addressed in the second or third round.

I doubt they would take a wide receiver in the first round after trading for Marshall. But if Notre Dame's Michael Floyd somehow is still on the board, he would be hard to pass up. Stephen Hill would be another option in the first round, but again, I don't see the Bears taking a wide receiver this early.

The Bears don't know if Johnny Knox will ever play effectively again, and he almost certainly won't be ready to go when the season starts. Meanwhile, Roy Williams is not very good and could get released; Devin Hester has no business being a regular receiver; and, Dane Sanzenbacher and Earl Bennett don't cut it by themselves.

Likewise, even though they re-signed Tim Jennings, the Bears need a cornerback to pair with Charles Tillman. Jennings is a tough little guy who plays hard, but he is not an every-down starter in the league.

There is also linebacker depth to address, as Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher aren't getting any younger.

With all that said, let's get right to it and try to help Phil Emery address the Bears' remaining needs in the draft. Come join me, will you?

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