2011 NFL Mock Draft: Chicago Bears' 7-Round Projections

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Chicago Bears' 7-Round Projections
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The NFL draft is just under three weeks away and the talk around Chicago is to improve the offense. While virtually every mock draft says the Bears need to draft an offense lineman in the first or second round, I disagree. I am not oblivious to the fact the Chicago statically had the worst offensive line last season, allowing a league-high 56 sacks, but I am aware that the Bears don’t have an eye for drafting offensive linemen. Olin Kreutz is the last offensive lineman that Chicago has drafted that has made a Pro Bowl, and he was drafted in 1998!

It would be foolish to waste a high-round draft pick on a position that you obviously have a hard time drafting. Chicago realized two years ago that it hasn’t been able to draft a quality quarterback in forever, and that was a main reason why the Bears went out and traded for Jay Cutler. The jury is still out on that one to see if it paid off.

Who the Bears will draft and who the Bears should draft are two completely different stories. Chicago does need to shore up the O-line, but also getting a true wide receiver and a big man on the defensive line are other needs the Bears need to fill. Based on the Bears draft position, and where players in this year’s draft are ranked; here is who Chicago should take for each of its picks. 

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