In what might be the most boring of all the teams to mock in the 2010 draft, Chicago will not make their first pick, barring a trade, until the third round. They traded away both first and second round picks to acquire Jay Cutler and Gaines Adams.
The team needs to shore things up on the offensive line, and despite a recent commitment of several draft picks at the wide receiver position, they could use another weapon for Cutler.
Recent rumors of Chicago inexplicably acquiring Brandon Marshall are, well, inexplicable.
Denver put a first-round tender on the immensely talented but troubled receiver. But it’s more than a pipe dream because Jerry Angelo doesn’t even have a second-round pick, let alone first in 2010.
The team released what remained of the shell of Orlando Pace’s former self in early March.
Cutler has a young, relatively unproven receiving corps, so the whispers of a new receiver heading to the Windy City make some sense. Devin Aromashodu was an unexpected surprise, as he came on towards the end of the year. During the last five games of the ’09 season, he hauled in over five catches and one touchdown per game.
Johnny Knox exceeded expectations for a fifth-round pick. Earl Bennett still hasn’t proven himself in this league even with his fellow Vanderbilt alum at quarterback. Juaquin Iglesias needs to step up and prove his worthiness of being a third-round selection from last year.
According to a story in the Chicago Sun-Times, ownership has given Angelo an open checkbook to shore up weaknesses from last year's 7-9 team. The McCaskey family has apparently given him the go ahead to assemble the best pieces $25 million can buy.
Perhaps what they lack in draft opportunities can now be addressed via free agency.
• Offensive Tackle
• Third Down RB
On Defense, the Bears need to focus on building the once-vaunted unit back up, primarily along the line and secondary.
• Defensive Tackle
• Defensive End
The problem Jerry Angelo faces is because his picks are so late in the draft that he can ill-afford to draft solely on need. Instead, he needs to focus on taking the best player available at all but a few positions.
Fortunately for Bears fans, some of the deepest positions in the draft fit a couple of their most pressing needs.