It may be a little too early for Bears fans to think about next April's NFL draft, considering we still have a playoff game -- no, check that, hopefully playoff games to look forward to -- but the mothership at SBNation.com has today posted a first look at how the first round of the draft might look.â†µ
Stanford's Andrew Luck is the consensus No. 1 pick and is likely to be selected by the Carolina Panthers, even though the Panthers used a first-round pick on Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen last year. (How'd that work out?)â†µ
Anyway, here's what they have to say about the Bears' possible choice. Note that the order they list is simply by final record; the 12 playoff teams will be ranked by how they do in the playoffs, so the No. 27 selection indicated may not be where the Bears actually pick. (If they win the Super Bowl, of course, they'll pick 32nd.)â†µ
Chicago Bears (11-5): Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College (SR). We love Jay Cutler, but we're pretty sure Jay Cutler doesn't love getting drilled into the turf a dozen times per game. Chicago needs an immediate O-Line contributor badly; Castonzo topped our list in that department.â†µ
Sounds pretty reasonable, especially after yesterday's six sacks of Cutler. (Say that three times fast.) The Bears should consider themselves very fortunate that they are basically 100% healthy going into the playoffs.