The Chicago Bears have made the first significant changes to their coaching staff in many years, and how they handle certain offseason duties such as free agency and the NFL Draft remains to be seen. We don't know how the new head coach is going to handle things going forward.
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What we do know is the team needs. They were a pretty good team in 2012, but they fell apart in the second half of the season and missed the playoffs at 10-6. They're picking in the back-end of the first round, which is unfortunate when you don't make the playoffs, but they stand a solid chance at filling one of their needs at pick No. 20, regardless.
Dan Kadar of SB Nation released his latest mock draft on Monday and he has the Bears doing just that, taking offensive guard Jonathan Cooper out of North Carolina:
Right guard Lance Louis is an unrestricted free agent, as are backups Chilo Rachal and Chris Spencer. The Bears have needed to upgrade their offensive line for several years, and a player like Cooper is well worth the 20th pick in the draft. He's a quick-footed guard that can beat defensive linemen off the snap and get out on the move.
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Chicago had one of the absolute worst offensive lines in 2012. They can stand to add not just one player, but multiple players to take over starting roles on their line. Quarterback Jay Cutler was constantly under pressure in 2012, and when he gets under pressure, he makes big mistakes.
Cooper is a player that is NFL ready from the get-go, as you can tell by SB Nation's scouting report. He may have some early struggles, but he should be a starter on the Bears' line from the beginning.