NFL Mock Draft 2012: Bears May Get Jonathan Martin

If Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver Michael Floyd happens to fall to the Chicago Bears at No. 19, it may throw a wrench in the team's plans for the 2012 NFL Draft, but otherwise most draft watchers expect new general manager Phil Emery to target the team's offensive line. Not only did the Bears already trade for wide receiver Brandon Marshall this offseason, but this year's class of offensive line prospects is very deep, with as many as eight or nine potential first rounders.

In his updated 2012 mock draft, SI.com's Don Banks sees the Bears plucking from that tree in the first round. Banks has Stanford Cardinal OT Jonathan Martin heading to Chicago, which would certainly be a solid pick for the Bears considering that Martin was seen as a potential top 10 pick during the college football season.

Here's Banks on the prognostication:

I don't think the Bears should get tricky here. J'Marcus Webb is not the answer at left tackle, and Martin has a solid first-round grade. It's a match made in heaven. Jay Cutler got his No. 1 receiver in Brandon Marshall, now he needs to get better protection. Martin and last year's first-round pick, offensive tackle Gabe Carimi, would be bookends for the future.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago for more information, and for in-depth analysis on the Chicago Bears be sure to visit Windy City Gridiron. And drop by SB Nation NFL for more news and notes from around the league.


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