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Both of CBS Sports' NFL Draft analysts project the Chicago Bears to take offensive linemen in the first round of next April's NFL Draft.
Though the Chicago Bears still have a chance to make the playoffs in 2012, draftniks and fans are already looking toward next April's NFL Draft. The folks over at CBS Sports posted a pair of mock drafts on Wednesday, and both CBS analysts have the Bears targeting offensive linemen in the first round.
Rob Rang projects Chicago to select North Carolina offensive guard Jonathan Cooper with their first selection, and notes that Chicago's offensive line is "a mess." Rang also calls Cooper one of the safest prospects in this year's draft.
CBS' other draft analyst Dane Brugler projects the Bears to select Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson. Brugler believes that Johnson's upside is "off the charts," but that the offensive tackle is still "growing" at the position.
With Chicago's offensive line having more questions than answers, it does stand to reason that Lovie Smith and his staff will target offensive line help in next April's draft.