With GM Phil Emery entering his second year and fully exercising his control over the franchise, this is an exciting time for Bears fans. As beloved as Lovie Smith was, the new coaching staff, led by head coach Marc Trestman, promises offensive rejuvenation. Meanwhile, new defensive coordinator Mel Tucker thankfully won't be doing much tweaking of a good thing with his version of the Tampa 2 defense.
That said, personnel changes are being made. Brian Urlacher is no longer with the club. Devin Hester will be used only as a return man. Martellus Bennett has replaced the worst hands in the NFL, which coincidentally happened to be attached to Kellen Davis' arms. These changes demonstrate a new perspective and the cutthroat tactics that are needed to succeed as an NFL franchise.
The next step in team-building for the Bears will come near the end of April at the NFL Draft. The signings of Bennett, Jermon Bushrod and D.J. Williams have addressed some of the most pressing concerns the Bears faced this offseason, though employing varying degrees of logic. (This Bushrod nonsense is a joke, right?) This makes for a hazier but more exciting draft lead-up for Bears fans.
For now, here's a look at 10 prospects Chicago has to consider in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.