NFL mock draft 2013: Bears projected to select an offensive lineman

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

The Bears have had offensive line issues in recent seasons, but could help shore up the issue by selecting an offensive lineman with the No. 20 pick.

The Bears have had their share of offensive line issues recently and while there are a number of talented offensive linemen in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Bears don't pick until No. 20, too late to grab any of the top prospects. That doesn't, however, mean they won't still target an offensive lineman with their first round pick.

In SB Nation's latest mock draft, the Bears are projected to select tackle Lane Johnson from Oklahoma. The 6'7 Johnson has only played tackle for two seasons, but showed enough promise this past season to earn third team All-American honors from CBS Sports. Johnson began his college career at tight end and played defense before settling in at tackle. Johnson has experience at both tackle positions, including 11 starts at left tackle this season.

Johnson was the fourth offensive lineman to come off the board in the mock draft and the third offensive tackle. If the Bears did select Johnson, it would be the third time they have selected an offensive lineman in the first round since 2008. Chicago picked Chris Williams in the first round in 2008 and selected Gabe Carimi in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

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