The Chicago Bears have been linked to several positions in next week's NFL draft, heavily favoring the linebacker, offensive line, and tight end prospects for the 20th pick. The Bears will likely be looking for a player to either take the spot of Brian Urlacher or to energize the offense by either protecting Jay Cutler or giving him another weapon to use.
While it seems crazy to target a position of little need next season when there are positions of great need that have not been filled. Rob Rang of CBS Sports notes that it appears the Bears are "leaning" that way. In his latest mock draft, he has Chicago taking Desmond Trufant out of Washington:
With 2012 Pro Bowlers Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings on the roster it might seem unlikely the Bears would draft another cornerback this high but that is precisely the direction the team appears to be leaning. Trufant, the younger brother of Marcus (Seahawks) and Isaiah (Jets) has excellent bloodlines, remarkable athleticism and is a four-year starter who is peaking after strong performances at the Senior Bowl and combine.
The Bears would clearly not have a starting position next season open for Trufant, but corners often take a season to adjust to the speed of the NFL anyway. He could be next in line for Chicago, a franchise that takes great pride in its defense, and both Tillman and Jennings will be over 30 next year.
But could they really pass over a linebacker or tight end for the future at cornerback?