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Safety Brandon Taylor (left) tops the wish list for the 6th round
With two picks remaining in this draft, we have two primary needs that we have yet to address: cornerback and safety.
Some argue tight end and elsewhere on the offensive line. I happen to agree that tight end is an area of need, but Lovie Smith does not, as he has stated that Kellen Davis "can do anything the good tight ends in this league can do." And since Lovie feels that strongly about Davis, it's probably safe to say the Bears won't be looking at tight end during the draft.
I'm open to adding depth to the offensive line, but since cornerback and safety are bigger areas of need at this point, I'd only consider adding offensive linemen if the cornerbacks and safeties were not the best players available.
Bob Warja had suggested Will Blackwell back in the fifth round. I personally think he can be had as a free agent, so he's low on my priority list for this sixth round.
For cornerbacks, the ones taken so far (besides the obvious ones in Rounds 1-3) are Shaun Prater, Coryell Judie, DeQuan Menzie, Leonard Johnson, Ryan Steed, Asa Jackson and Omar Bolden.
Remaining available cornerbacks are Justin Bethel, Coty Sensabaugh, Donnie Fletcher, Charles Brown, Micah Pellerin, Ron Brooks, Robert Blanton, Cliff Harris, Keith Tandy and Robert Blanton.
Of these guys, my order of preference is Donnie Fletcher, Cliff Harris, Ron Brooks, Charles Brown, Micah Pellerin, Keith Tandy, Justin Bethel, Coty Sensabaugh and Robert Blanton.
Available safeties are Duke Ihenacho, Matt Daniels, Brandon Taylor, Winston Guy, Janzen Jackson and Sean Richardson.
Of the safeties, Brandon Taylor is far and away my preference, followed by Duke Ihenacho, Winston Guy, Sean Richardson, Janzen Jackson and Matt Daniels.
The other strong possibility is guard Adam Gettis. Extremely athletic, he really impressed at both the combine and his pro day, where he also looked good snapping the ball from center. The real Bears have talked to him, so he could be a real-world pick, too.
At this point, my overall order of preference is safety Brandon Taylor, cornerback Donnie Fletcher, safety Duke Ihenacho, guard Adam Gettis, cornerback Cliff Harris, cornerback Ron Brooks, cornerback Charles Brown and safety Winston Guy.
Though I've planned plenty of options to choose from, I'm once again hoping a particular player—Brandon Taylor in this case—falls to us.
Now comes the waiting game.