2012 NFL Mock Draft: Peter Schrager Says Chicago Bears Will Go O-Line

Peter Schrager of FoxSports suspects the Bears will pick Cordy Glenn, a guard from Georgia, with a late-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

With six games remaining in the 2012 NFL season, much of the league has sifted into the general areas of their where they will be in the 2012 NFL draft -- as such, draft experts and analysts have begun to prognosticate.

Draft experts must first predict the final 2012 NFL standings before they can begin to assess each team's slotting in the draft. The current standings, sorted by win-loss record and then point differentials, looks like this:

Possible
Draft Position
Team W L W-L% Pts Opp
Pts
Diff
1 Indianapolis Colts 0 10 .000 131 300 -169
2 St. Louis Rams 2 7 .222 113 223 -110
3 Minnesota Vikings 2 7 .222 179 244 -65
4 Carolina Panthers 2 7 .222 190 237 -47
5 Miami Dolphins 2 7 .222 158 178 -20
6 Seattle Seahawks 3 6 .333 144 202 -58
7 Cleveland Browns 3 6 .333 131 183 -52
8 Jacksonville Jaguars 3 6 .333 115 166 -51
9 Washington Redskins 3 6 .333 136 178 -42
10 Arizona Cardinals 3 6 .333 183 213 -30
11 Philadelphia Eagles 3 6 .333 220 203 17
12 Kansas City Chiefs 4 5 .444 141 218 -77
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4 5 .444 156 233 -77
14 Denver Broncos 4 5 .444 188 234 -46
15 San Diego Chargers 4 5 .444 216 228 -12
16 Oakland Raiders 5 4 .556 208 233 -25
17 Buffalo Bills 5 4 .556 229 218 11
18 Tennessee Titans 5 4 .556 186 172 14
19 New York Jets 5 4 .556 215 200 15
20 Atlanta Falcons 5 4 .556 212 196 16
21 Dallas Cowboys 5 4 .556 223 182 41
22 New York Giants 6 3 .667 218 211 7
23 Cincinnati Bengals 6 3 .667 212 164 48
24 Chicago Bears 6 3 .667 237 187 50
25 New England Patriots 6 3 .667 259 200 59
26 Detroit Lions 6 3 .667 252 184 68
27 Baltimore Ravens 6 3 .667 225 152 73
28 Pittsburgh Steelers 7 3 .700 220 179 41
29 New Orleans Saints 7 3 .700 313 228 85
30 Houston Texans 7 3 .700 273 166 107
31 San Francisco 49ers 8 1 .889 233 138 95
32 Green Bay Packers 9 0 1.000 320 186 134

Peter Schrager appears to be one of the first draft gurus to come out with his 2012 draft predictions, and he thinks the Bears will go back to the o-line well:

22. Chicago Bears: Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia: Cutler got a big tackle in Gabe Carimi last draft. Glenn is the top offensive guard in the SEC. Adding him to the offensive line would be music to Cutler’s ears...

Schrager has the Bears drafting in the 22nd slot, which is rather close to the current standings above which forecast a 24th slot. He also suspects the Bears will go guard in the first round -- a round typically reserved for tackles if an offensive lineman gets picked at all -- to shore up an offensive line that has been struggling through the past three seasons.

Currently, after the Chris Williams injury that sent him to the IR, the Bears have former New Orleans Saints center Chris Spencer and second-year man Edwin Williams handling the guard positions.

Chris Williams had played better at guard this season after moving from tackle, where he was drafted, but Schrager anticipates the Bears will look to add greater stability to the position -- though he himself admits his mock draft may be way off:

A lot can change between now and the end of the season, and even more will change between the end of the season and April's draft.

For more NFL news and notes, head over to SB Nation Pro Football, and stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago for more Bears updates and analysis.

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