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Dud picks like Gabe Carimi shouldn't deter the Bears from targeting offensive linemen.
It's hard to know exactly what the Chicago Bears were thinking when they ignored their woeful offensive line in 2012. Even after the trade for wide receiver Brandon Marshall, the Bears had six picks and didn't target the O-line with one of them.
Instead, they opted for defensive end Shea McClellin in the first round. That was a solid pick, but hardly one that addressed a major need.
The same can be said for the decision to trade up and select wide receiver Alshon Jeffery in the second round.
The Bears might still feel burned from drafting Gabe Carimi in the first round in 2011. However, they can't refuse to address their many needs up front this time around.
The Bears surrendered 44 sacks in 2012. If they hope to challenge the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North, they have to protect quarterback Jay Cutler.
Adding young linebackers may be high on the agenda after the release of Brian Urlacher. However, solid free-agent moves for D.J. Williams and, in particular, James Anderson, should keep that position strong.
Fortifying the O-line has to come first. Signing left tackle Jermon Bushrod in free agency was a good start, but nothing more.
The Bears need help at right tackle and along the interior. Alabama's D.J. Fluker would be a nice pick, as would North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper.