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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Tyler Eifert to Bears continues to be popular

Another mock draft has come out with Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert going to the Chicago Bears in the first round.

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The Chicago Bears have finally made a change, getting rid of Lovie Smith and bring in Marc Trestman, who by all accounts has a strong offensive mind. He inherits a team that boasts Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte on offense, and a defense that has been consistently good for years.

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One thing his team doesn't have is a strong, reliable tight end to help Cutler out. Dan Kadar of SB Nation released his latest mock draft on Monday, and he has the Bears addressing this particular need, taking Tyler Eifert, the tight end out of Notre Dame.

The Bears will have their pick of tight ends in the first round between Eifert and Stanford's Zach Ertz. Eifert's pass catching numbers were down this season, but that's only because teams often had multiple defenders on him. After greatly improving as a blocker last season, he's a better all-around tight end than Ertz.

Cutler is an excellent quarterback, but has a tendency to struggle when his receivers aren't immediately open. He's known for forcing passes into coverage, which is obviously bad. Having a big-bodied tight end to fall back on would be a big thing for this offense.

As it stands, Eifert would likely be the best player available, as well. Still, the Bears might be after some defensive help, given that they have a lot of aging players on that side of the ball. It's going to be interesting to see where they go with their No. 20 overall pick.