2011 NFL Mock Draft: Chicago Bears Looking To Fortify The Lines

Most NFL Mock Drafts have the Chicago Bears taking to the trenches with defensive and offensive linemen.

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Mel Kiper's Second Round NFL Mock Draft Has Bears Taking Marvin Austin

Now that the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft is officially over, we can focus on the second. We have about seven hours to get all of our ducks in a row and get our last minute speculations in. Mel Kiper just released his second round Mock Draft now that he knows all of the players that will be available. He has the Bears taking North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin.

Austin would be a pretty solid fit for the Bears who need to fill in for the departed Tommie Harris. He would probably have gone much higher than this if he had been able to play last season, but he was suspended along with a few other players on the North Carolina team.

I expect Austin to go a little bit higher than this in the second round, and would be surprised if he is still available for the Bears. But if he is still on the board, I could see the Bears making this pick.

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft starts at 8 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, April 28, and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare: NFL mock drafts, draft projections, scouting reports, the full NFL draft schedule and more. Check it out at SB Nation's NFL Draft page and our NFL Draft blog, Mocking the Draft.

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2011 Round 2 NFL Mock Draft: Where Will The Bears Go On Day 2?

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft is in the books, and we know that Gabe Carimi will be the newest member of the Chicago Bears. But there are still six rounds of speculation left in us, so don't adjust that dial. SB Nation just came out with a new and revised second round Mock Draft, and they have the Bears taking Miami wide receiver Leonard Hankerson with the 62nd overall pick.

More help is needed for Jay Cutler than just on the offensive line. Hankerson complements the Bears' current speed receivers nicely.

The Bears got a pretty good offensive lineman in the first round, so now they can move on to address one of their other big needs. I think Hankerson has the tools to be a very good receiver at this level. He is faster than given credit for, has incredibly large hands, and is a pretty good route runner. He could be the kind of possession guy that the Bears need to compliment their speedsters like Devin Hester.

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft starts at 8 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, April 28, and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare: NFL mock drafts, draft projections, scouting reports, the full NFL draft schedule and more. Check it out at SB Nation's NFL Draft page and our NFL Draft blog, Mocking the Draft.

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Mel Kiper ESPN Mock Draft Has Bears Taking Derek Sherrod

The NFL Draft is finally here, which means it's Mel Kiper's chance to shine. He just released his latest 2011 NFL Mock Draft, which is the one that we will be able to judge his accuracy on. In this latest edition, Kiper has the Bears getting some help along the offensive line with a familiar prospect in Derek Sherrod. Here is his rationale.

I'm not ready to go against the grain and say the Bears will pass on the best offensive lineman available here. They could, but this makes a lot of sense. Chicago needs to be able to get more out of the run game, and while they can throw the ball, fans can say all they want, but they know Jay Cutler was taking far too many hits and dealing with too much pressure to be consistently successful, particularly given what he's throwing to.

I don't think we need Mel to tell us why the Bears need an offensive lineman. Sherrod would be a perfect pick for the Bears, but I don't think he will make it to them. I'm pretty sure someone will pick him before the Bears get a chance to.

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft starts at 8 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, April 28, and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare: NFL mock drafts, draft projections, scouting reports, the full NFL draft schedule and more. Check it out at SB Nation's NFL Draft page and our NFL Draft blog, Mocking the Draft.

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Stephen Paea To Bears In Final SB Nation Mock

We made it, people. The 2011 NFL Draft is finally here, which means that all of the speculation and guessing will finally draw to a close on Thursday night. The final edition of the 2011 NFL Mock Draft from SB Nation has just been released, and they have the Bears taking Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea. Here is their rationale.

Unless there's a plug-and-play starter on the O-Line here - and Danny Watkins may very well qualify - Paea is the smart play as a replacement for Tommie Harris.

I'm sure they wouldn't give that trip to the NFC Championship game last year back, but being this late in the draft means they probably won't be able to draft an immediate starter along the offensive line. But they have some needs along the other lien as well, and Stephen Paea could develop into a pretty good player. In fact, he could occupy a lot of blockers, meaning that Julius Peppers could be even more effective on the outside.

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft starts at 8 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, April 28, and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare: NFL mock drafts, draft projections, scouting reports, the full NFL draft schedule and more. Check it out at SB Nation's NFL Draft page and our NFL Draft blog, Mocking the Draft.

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Danny Watkins To Bears In Latest SB Nation Mock

The 2011 NFL Draft is just about here, and the Mock Drafts and information are pouring in faster than ever. SB Nation just released the latest edition of their 2011 NFL Mock Draft, and they have the bears addressing their need along the offensive line. They are projected to take Baylor guard Danny Watkins, here is their rationale.

Stephen Paea might be tempting, but it's pretty close to imperative that the Bears get a starting offensive lineman here. That's exactly what Watkins is.

Watkins would be a starter pretty much immediately for the Bears, and he could seriously help them along the offensive line. He hasn't been projected to go to the Bears that much in the past, but that's probably only because Mock Drafters think the Bears will try to take a tackle if they get that chance. But if Watkins is the highest rated offensive lineman on the board, I think he would be a good pick, and solid value.

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft starts at 8 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, April 28, and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare: NFL mock drafts, draft projections, scouting reports, the full NFL draft schedule and more. Check it out at SB Nation's NFL Draft page and our NFL Draft blog, Mocking the Draft.

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Bears Will Have Plenty Of First Round Options

Todd McShay of ESPN just came out with a new Mock Draft that is a little bit more unique and comprehensive than the typical Mock you'll find on the Internet. He doesn't just lay out one pick for each team, he provides three different options for each pick in the First Round. It includes some intriguing options for the Bears.

The first is to stay put at No. 29 and select Baylor offensive lineman Danny Watkins. I'm not sure he would be the most exciting pick in the first round, but he's a solid player and could really help the Bears at guard.

The second option is to trade out of the first round, which he claims the Bears would like to do. This would allow them to target a few players in the second round. He lists Pittsburgh WR Jonathan Baldwin, North Carolina LB Bruce Carter and Villanova lineman Ben Ijalana as potential prospects in this situation.

The third is to stay put at No. 29 and address a need other than offensive line. He suggests taking North Carolina DT Marvin Austin, who could take over for Tommie Harris in the middle.

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Will The Bears Be Able To get Help On The Offensive Line?

The Bears had a pretty porous offensive line last season, so it is natural to expect them to seek upgrades on that front in the upcoming Draft. SB Nation just came out with the latest edition of their 2011 NFL Mock Draft, and they have them adding help up front in the form of Miss St. lineman Derek Sherrod. Here is their rationale.

Sherrod doesn't get a lot of fanfare, but he'd start immediately at either tackle in Chicago.

Sherrod was a popular pick for the Bears in this draft for the past few weeks, and I understand why they want to put him in this spot. But, like I've said in the past, if Sherrod is really the type of player who can start at either tackle spot from day-one, he won't last long enough for the Bears to take him in the first round. Sherrod would be a great pick for the Bears, but if he is as good as they make him out to be, it won't happen.

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Todd McShay Has The Bears Adding More Defensive Line Help

Todd McShay just released a new Mock Draft at ESPN that is a little bit different than most of the Mocks you'll read. Instead of just baseless opinion, which is what most of the Mocks are these days, McShay brought in two NFL scouts to help him make his selections. I'm not sure how much more accurate it will turn out to be, but it does make me feel a little bit better about it for some reason. Although I can't say I agree with who they have the Bears drafting.

They have them taking Baylor NT Phil Taylor in the first round. Now Taylor is a fast rising prospect who will probably get picked right around where they have the Bears selecting, but I just don't think he is a very good fit for the Bears' defense. Taylor is a mountain of a man that is best suited to play nose tackle in a 3-4 defensive scheme. The Bears don't run that kind of defense and need a tackle who can penetrate into the backfield, while Taylor is more the occupy blockers type. I'm sure they could find a spot for him, but I also think they would be better suited putting a more north-south defensive tackle in that spot.

It doesn't help that they have two pretty good offensive line prospects (Derek Sherrod and Danny Watkins) going the two picks right after the Bears.

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Will The Bears Finally Address The Offensive Line

We know what position(s) the Bears will be targeting in the draft, and they all reside on the offensive line. Most of the Mocks we've seen around the Internet have the Bears taking the best offensive line prospect that is available when they are picking, regardless of position. The newest Mock from Mocking The Draft is the same way. They have the Bears taking Baylor guard Danny Watkins at No. 29 overall; here is their rationale.

This pick could be prime real-estate for a team looking to move back into the first round.  At this point all the top tackles are off the board but the interior of the line still needs help.

Watkins would be a good pick for the Bears, but I understand that the Bears would probably entertain some offers to trade back. I think they might want to get a tackle later in the Draft, and add a few picks for their trouble.

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Bears Go Defense In Latest Mock From SB Nation

The guys over at SB Nation just came out with the latest version of their 2011 NFL Mock Draft, and it provides a little bit of a surprise for the Bears. They (along with everyone else who makes Mock Drafts these days) have had the Bears taking an offensive lineman in the first round. But this week, they go to the other side of the trench with Oregon St. defensive tackle Stephen Paea. Here is their rationale.

This pick has been projected as offensive line-or-bust for the Bears for good reason: their line is pretty terrible. It's not their only need, however, and with all of the value gone, Paea as a replacement for Tommie Harris would be a sensible alternative.

I agree with them that the Bears shouldn't reach for a position of need if there aren't any prospects left on the board who represent good value. I'm sure they want to take an offensive lineman just as much as everyone wants them to, but it doesn't make any sense to take one if all the good ones are gone before they pick (which I believe I predicted weeks ago, mind you).

As for Paea, he's a good player but I'm not sure how good of a fit he is for the Bears. He is a space eater who might be a little bit more at home in a 3-4 than he would be in the Bears' defense. But even if he is just occupying blockers to free up the likes of Julius Peppers, that might be something that the Bears need.

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Latest Projections From ESPN's Todd McShay

ESPN has two rival Mock Drafters, and they both came out with their latest projections this week. We already talked about who Mel Kiper thinks the Bears might select, so let's take a look at Todd McShay's latest Mock. In the first round, he has the Bears taking North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin. Here is his rationale.

Austin carries a second-round grade and would be a reach here, but there is a big dropoff in this class in the mid-20s and at this point the Bears could take any of about 15-20 players and not see a big difference in talent level. That offsets some of the reach, and the Bears are also desperate for an impact 3-technique tackle who can anchor the front in their Tampa 2 system. Austin is the only tackle on the board with the potential to do that, and if the Bears do their homework and are comfortable they have answered any character questions and can keep Austin focused, this could be an interesting surprise pick.

In McShay's mock draft, there aren't any elite tackle prospects left when the Bears pick in the first round. So McShay has the Bears addressing their need on the other side of the trench. Austin probably would have went a lot higher this year if he had been able to play, so even though he has a low grade, he could actually be solid value here. it is worth pointing out that Kiper thinks the Bears will also take Austin, but in the second round.

McShay has the Bears taking Villanova offensive lineman Benjamin Ijalana in the second round. If the Bears fail to land an offensive lineman in the first round, than taking a flier on a high-upside prospect like Ijalana in the second round might be a good option for them.

In the third round McShay has the Bears taking Hawaii wide receiver Gregory Salas. Salas was extremely productive, but will have to shed the small receiver, small school label in the NFL. Best case scenario, he is similar to Miami's Davone Bess, who had the same pedigree.

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Nate Solder To The Bears In Latest Mock From Mel Kiper

There are a few voices we listen to in the Mock Draft universe more than others, and Mel Kiper is one of them (no matter how wrong his projections end up being). He just came out with a new three-round Mock Draft at ESPN, so let's see who he has the Bears spending their first three picks on.

In the first round, he has them taking Colorado offensive lineman Nate Solder. Here is his rationale.

I've said before that Chicago should be thrilled if Solder is available here. He has added bulk to a 6-foot-8 frame, making him a guy who could help in a run game that really fell off in 2010. All the questions about his toughness aside, Chicago let Jay Cutler take far too many hits over the past two seasons. Mike Martz will run the ball if he can block for it. Solder has the frame to become a bulldozer, and the athleticism to move along the line and help on either side.

It's no surprise to see the Bears taking an offensive lineman, but to see Solder in this spot is a little eye-opening. He's raw, but he is still considered among the best tackle prospects in the draft, and has been projected to go much higher than this before. I also think the Bears would like a prospect who is more ready to play than Solder is. If he's available, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Bears take him, but I don't expect him to be there.

In the second round, Kiper has the Bears taking North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin. Austin would have been an early first round pick if he had played this year, and I expect someone to fall in love with his potential and take him earlier than this.

Kiper has the Bears taking Penn St. offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski in the third round. If the Bears are serious about upgrading their offensive line, than doubling up in the first few rounds might be a good way to do that.

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Bears Could Address The Trenches In The First Two Rounds

The 2011 NFL Draft will be here before you know it, and the Mock Drafts are continuing to pour in. Today, we'll look at Walter Football, which has a Mock up for the first six rounds. We're just going to look at the first two, because it only gets harder to guess draft picks it gets into the later rounds. So where do they have the Bears going?

In the first round, they have a pretty popular pick in Miss St.'s Derek Sherrod. Here is their rationale.

You know, if the Bears had a good offensive line, Jay Cutler probably wouldn't have suffered an MCL sprain against the Packers, and we never would have had this huge debate about whether Cutler should have played or not. This should make one of Chicago's early-round picks pretty obvious.

In the second round, they have the Bears turning to the other side of the ball, but keeping it in the trenches. They have penciled in DT Drake Nevis of LSU.

Tommie Harris lost his starting job due to performance and was ultimately released. The Bears will be seeking an upgrade at defensive tackle, and Drake Nevis is a good fit in Lovie Smith's defense.

Teams are built from the middle out, so I think these are two good picks for the Bears. We know how much help they need on the offensive line, but you can never have too many defensive lineman. Unless there is a playmaker at receiver available to them in the second round, I like that they have the Bears trying to get solid up the middle.

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Would Mike Pouncey Be A Good Fit For The Bears?

SB Nation just came out with the latest edition of the 2011 NFL Mock Draft, and they have a new named linked to the Bears. For the past few weeks, they have had the Bears taking tackle Derek Sherrod, but in this edition they have him going a few picks earlier to the Giants. With him off the board, they give the Bears Florida guard Mike Pouncey. Here is their rationale.

Pick an offensive lineman. Any offensive lineman. Aside from Tampa Bay's need for a defensive end, there's no bigger team/positional need this year than Chicago and the offensive line. Pouncey is the best available here, and should start at guard immediately.

I've seen Pouncey go a lot earlier than this in some previous Mock Drafts, so I have to wonder if he'll be on the board for the Bears here. I'm sure they would rather take a tackle at this spot, but Pouncey is a safe pick and a solid player for the middle of the line. If he is available then I think he is a no-brainer, even if there are tackles still on the board.

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Derek Sherrod Still Linked To Bears

SB Nation just came out with their latest edition of the 2011 NFL Mock Draft and frankly, things are starting to get a little bit boring from the Bears perspective. It seems like every week they have the Bears taking Miss St. offensive lineman Derek Sherrod, and that trend continues this week. Here is their rationale.

For whatever reason, Sherrod continues to fly under the radar despite solid tape, solid athleticism and a ton of experience in the SEC. He'd be an excellent fit at the left tackle position on a blocker-starved Bears team.

I'll say the same thing about this pick that I say every week. I think Sherrod would be a good fit for the Bears, but I would also be surprised if he fell this far. There aren't a ton of great offensive lineman in this draft, but that won't prevent teams that are in desperate need of blocking from taking a chance on one in the first round. Even if he doesn't represent good value, some team will probably take Sherrod just because they need the help up front. But if he is still on the board, he would be a good pick for the Bears.

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Can Derek Sherrod Help Solidify The Offensive Line?

The Bears made it all the way to the NFC Championship game last year, but they have more holes to fill than a team that made it that far should. They have an excellent foundation, but they need to plug up a few problem areas to make sure they get better next year, instead of regress. The biggest hole(s) they will need to fill is along the offensive line, where they can use help at almost every position.

That's why SB Nation has given the Bears Miss St. OL Derek Sherrod in their last few editions of the 2011 NFL Mock Draft, and that trend continues this week. Here is what they have to say.

For whatever reason, Sherrod isn't highly valued amongst the draftniks out there. He's an instant starter at left tackle in Chicago.

While I agree that Sherrod is probably a better prospect than this drafting position, I don't think he is quite good enough to start from day one. Very few offensive lineman are that good, and you can't expect to get one this late in the first round. But immediate expectations aside, this is a great chance for the Bears to get some much needed help up front.

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Bears Still Linked To Derek Sherrod

The NFL is currently in a state of lockout, and players are starting to file anti-trust lawsuits against the league. It's not a great time to be a football fan right now. But on the bright side, the NFL Draft is still on schedule as far as we know, so we can use that to take out mind off the labor situation. SB Nation just came out with their latest 2011 NFL Mock Draft, and I'm starting to sense a theme.

Just like they have the past few weeks, they have projected the Bears to take Mississippi St. Offensive Lineman Derek Sherrod.

Another mock draft, another left tackle prospect projected to Chicago. It's hard to imagine the Bears passing up a competent blind side protector for any other position, regardless of talent - that's how bad Chicago's offensive line has been.

I agree with that analysis, but I don't think Sherrod will be available. There aren't a lot of great offensive lineman in the draft this year, so we may see some teams starting to reach on lineman early in the first round. But no matter who is still available, I think the bears are likely to go with an offensive lineman, unless there is a player that has fallen to them that is too good to pass up.

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Bears Continue To Be Linked To Derek Sherrod

SB Nation just came out with its latest edition of the 2011 NFL Mock Draft, and it features more of the same for the Bears. Most mocks around the Internet are giving the Bears help along the offensive line, as they probably should, and this mock is no different. It has the Bears taking Mississippi St. tackle Derek Sherrod in the first round. Here is its rationale:

Best offensive lineman available. It's not even necessary for the Bears to take a tackle, but they will if there's one available, and Sherrod could go much earlier than this. He'd have an excellent chance to usurp Frank Omiyale at left tackle immediately.

It had the same pick last week, and my concerns with it remain the same. If Sherrod is really capable of starting from day one, then he wouldn't be going this late in the first round. Teams always need help on the offensive line, and if Sherrod were this good, than another team would probably have snapped him up before the Bears got a chance to.

If he is on the board and I think that is a pretty big if, than he makes a lot of sense for the Bears. But I also don't think that starting a rookie taken in the latter portion of the first round is a great way to cure the Bears' offensive line woes. Sherrod is a good player, but it is impossible to expect the Bears to come out with an offensive line savior this late in the first round.

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Derek Sherrod To The Bears, Blaine Gabbert 1st Overall

Blaine Gabbert decided that he wasn't going to throw at the NFL Combine, and thus he wouldn't have the opportunity to show any of his skills until his own Pro Day at Missouri. It's the same decision a lot of elite quarterback prospects make in advance of the NFL draft, and it seems to be working out for him.

SB Nation has him going first overall in the latest version of the 2011 NFL Mock Draft, which might seem like a little bit of a stretch considering where he has been slotted to go in the past. As for the Bears, they have them taking a player who plays the position where most prognosticators feel like they need the most help; along the offensive line. They have the Bears taking Mississippi St. tackle Derreck Sherrod, and here is their rationale.

It's not exactly a secret that the Bears need to upgrade their offensive line, and if Sherrod were to be available at 29, there wouldn't be a lot of war room deliberation. Sherrod had a nice career, is a solid athlete with experience, and might start at LT immediately.

I'm not sure that the Bears can count on a guy who is drafted in the late part of the first round to start immediately at left tackle. if he was truly ready to be an NFL starting tackle right out of the gate, he would probably go a lot higher than 29th. But if this is how the board plays out, than the Bears could do a lot worse than Sherrod with their first round pick.

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2011 NFL Draft: Bears Select Danny Watkins In Latest SB Nation Mock

Brian Galliford has posted his latest 2011 NFL Mock Draft at SBNation.com, and he once again has the Chicago Bears picking an offensive lineman to address their issues at that position. Galliford uses the Bears’ first-round pick, the 29th one overall, on Baylor’s Danny Watkins.

Watkins, who Galliford says “will play guard in the NFL,” isn’t an offensive tackle, which is what Chicago needs most, will turn 27 as a rookie. However, as Galliford wriet, “his age might be less of a factor for a Chicago team that’s very close to championship-caliber.”

The Bears averaged just 3.9 yards per carry last season, tied with the Denver Broncos for 23rd in the league. Moreover, opposing defenses sacked Chicago quarterbacks a league-leading 56 times, well above the NFL average of 35.3. It’s clear why Galliford believes the Bears need an upgrade on the offensive line.

Watkins would fit the bill for Chicago; NFL Draft Scout says he led Baylor “with 134 knockdowns and an average coaches’ grade of 90 percent.”

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Chicago Bears Look To Improve On Successful Season

The Chicago Bears got further than most people might have expected heading into the season, but that only means that those standards will be higher next year. SB Nation has been rolling out one round mocks for the last month or so, and now they've released their first two round mock of the year. Twice the speculation, three times the fun. Let's see who they have the Bears taking with heir first two picks of the 2011 NFL Draft.

In the first round of their latest mock, SB Nation has the Bears beefing up their front line with Mississippi St. OT Derek Sherrod. Here is their rationale.

It's not exactly a secret that the Bears need to upgrade their offensive line; Sherrod would be capable of starting at left tackle immediately.

Jay Cutler will tell you how much the Bears need help along the offensive line. Sherrod would provide that help. But I wouldn't count on a late first round pick to start at left tackle immediately. Even the top tackles in the draft might not be able to do that. In the second round SB Nation has the Bears beefing up the other line with USC defensive tackle Jurrell Casey. 

Defensive tackle is a bit of a question mark for the Bears, who may be on the verge of moving forward without Tommie Harris.

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