2013 NFL Mock Draft: Bears could bolster offensive line in first round

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

It's not exactly a secret that the Bears have had protection issues over the last few seasons, and one mock sees them addressing that problem in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

The Chicago Bears allowed 44 sacks during the 2012 regular season, the eighth-highest total in the NFL. After a 10-6 season and another missed playoff berth, they also fired former head coach Lovie Smith. While the search for his replacement continues, Chicago already knows that it possesses the 20th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

SB Nation's Dan Kadar, in his most recent mock on Jan. 14, projects the Bears to address their problem of protecting quarterback Jay Cutler by selecting Oklahoma Sooners offensive tackle Lane Johnson.

Kadar believes Johnson would be an ideal pick for Chicago at No. 20:

Chicago's offensive line has been notoriously poor the past several seasons, particularly in pass blocking. Johnson would fit a big need the Bears have at left tackle and he's very much worth a first-round pick. Johnson, a former quarterback, tight end and defensive end, has loads of potential.

Additionally, Johnson comes in as the seventh-overall offensive tackle prospect in Kadar's draft rankings.

For more information on other draft prospects participating in this week's East-West Shrine Game, including practice reports, standout performances and Saturday's game, follow SB Nation's coverage of the event right here.

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