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The last image Bears fans have cemented in their head is one of Randall Cobb racing past Chris Conte to ultimately end the Bears' season and playoff hopes.
Since then, the Bears have brought in some new options via free agency, but none are rock solid starters. This is likely on purpose as the Bears will look to find a game-changing safety in the draft.
If the Bears are going to draft a safety, then it has to come in the first two rounds. There are plenty of options, but it comes down to who's on their big board and who's left by the time they are on the clock.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor are two first-round options. Clinton-Dix is a rangy ball-hawking free safety, while Pryor is a hard-hitting, in-the-box strong safety.
Jimmie Ward has first-round potential, and Deone Bucannon is firmly locked into the second round. There's no question these are the only four guys the Bears should be going after.
It will be interesting to see when the first guy comes off the board. If Clinton-Dix goes early, the Bears might be forced to grab Pryor at 14. They could roll the dice and see what happens in the second round.
Giving up a late draft pick to move up in the second round to grab Ward might be in the cards too. Either way, a safety needs to be drafted with one of their first two picks.