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Phil Emery made it his top priority last offseason to upgrade an offensive line that may have been the worst in the league during Jay Cutler's tenure in Chicago.
Emery brought in left tackle Jermon Bushrod and left guard Matt Slauson via free agency and drafted right guard Kyle Long and right tackle Jordan Mills. While the line is vastly improved from last season, it still needs some work moving forward.
Slauson is set to become a free agent, but given his performance, he will likely be near the top of the Bears list this offseason. The other impending free agent is center Roberto Garza.
Garza has struggled since moving from right guard to center following Olin Kreutz's departure prior to the 2011 season.
Considering how young the right side of their line is, the Bears may want to look for a center via free agency, but could be intrigued by Arkansas' Travis Swanson in the draft.
Many big boards have Swanson as their top-ranked center, although where he will ultimately be picked is up in the air. He is quick and athletic and does a good job of pulling and getting to the second level in the running game. He will need to work on getting stronger at the point of attack, as he has a tendency to lean on his opponent instead of pushing him back.
Considering the fact that most centers are not taken early in the draft, the Bears could find an anchor to the middle of their offensive line in the middle rounds.