The Bears own the 19th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. The team has glaring holes in the receiving corps, in the secondary and on the offensive line. They could also add depth on the defensive line and to the linebackers.
The Bears made some noise during the free agency period, with the biggest addition coming in the form of Brandon Marshall. Chicago nearly persuaded defensive end Mario Williams to join the squad before he signed with the Buffalo Bills.
Plenty of the Bears' offseason has been spent discussing the future of running back Matt Forte, but Chicago has other issues to address. If the team inserts the right pieces and adds more overall depth to the roster, the Bears can be a dangerous team in the NFC.
The Monsters of the Midway have one pick in each of the draft's seven rounds. This will be general manager Phil Emery's first NFL draft with Chicago, and it is an important one for a team with a defense that isn't getting any younger.
The Bears started out 7-3 last season, but injuries to quarterback Jay Cutler and Forte derailed the season. Chicago already addressed the depth at these positions by adding two former Oakland Raiders in QB Jason Campbell and RB Michael Bush. The Bears lost five straight before winning their final game of the 2011-12 season against the Minnesota Vikings to finish 8-8.
Adding the right pieces in the draft and staying healthy next year could be the difference between the Bears making the NFL playoffs and watching the postseason at home. Here are five potential players that could make an immediate impact this season for Chicago.