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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Bears tab Tyler Eifert in Todd McShay's latest

Chicago has been tied to the tight end for awhile now. Will they pull the trigger on the Irish' pass-catcher?

Joe Robbins

When it comes to projecting a player to the Bears in the first round of this year's draft, there has not been much variation in mock drafts thus far. Offensive line, linebacker, and tight end have been the most speculated positions pointed to, and at the 20th overall pick, there are only so many options. For that reason, tight end Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame has been projected to Chicago many times.

The Bears have long had offensive issues, and finished 28th in total offense in 2012. It is the 12th time in the last 13 years that Chicago has failed to finish in the top 20 in that category. Rebuilding has been underway for quite some time with the additions of Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, and Brandon Marshall, but still the points on offense are rarer than the average team. Could Eifert be the key?

ESPN's Todd McShay thinks so, projecting him to Chicago at 20th overall:

Bears QB Jay Cutler could use a weapon in the middle of the field, and Eifert could help new coach Marc Trestman exploit mismatches in the passing game with his size, ball skills and versatility.

If not Eifert, Chicago could go for the best available offensive lineman though they did add Jermon Bushrod in free agency. What they have yet to really do is replace linebacker Brian Urlacher, though that might be kind of hard to imagine anyway.

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