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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Bears projected to select defensive tackle in late 1st round

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The Chicago Bears are projected to take Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd in next April's 2013 NFL Draft.

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Riddled with injuries on the defensive side of the ball for much of the season, the Chicago Bears are currently projected to take Florida lineman Sharrif Floyd in the first round by CBSSports.com's Rob Rang.

A 6'3, 303-pound tackle who has played a starring role over the last three years with the Gators in the SEC, Floyd was tabbed as the No. 1 defensive line prospect in America coming out of high school and has done an admirable job of living up to the billing. Even though the Bears have a number of ideal fits currently along their defensive line already, Rang believes that a unique talent like Floyd would be quite difficult for Chicago to pass up:

The Bears' defense has been stifling this season but that won't stop the team from continuing to add playmakers, especially if talented defensive linemen remain on the board. The 6-3, 303-pound Floyd is a natural wide-bodied defender with the strength to hold up as a run defender, while also able to generate a pass rush.

While some fans may be clamoring for an upgrade along the offensive line in the No. 22 pick range, Floyd could definitely be a difference-maker right away for the Bears in 2013. Along with leading all Florida players with 11 tackles for a loss this past season, Floyd chipped in one forced fumble, one block and one sack to cap off a brilliant junior campaign.