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2012 NFL Draft: Chicago Bears May Target WR Michael Floyd And DE Whitney Mercilus

The National Football Post recently took a look at the Chicago Bears and their team needs heading into the 2012 NFL Draft. According to their analysis, the Bears will make Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver Michael Floyd a top priority:

Michael Floyd WR, Notre Dame: Didn't seem quite as dynamic as a receiver when he bulked up in 2010. However, has looked sudden, explosive and showcased the ability to separate quickly and create after the catch as a senior. Is one of the draft's top receiving prospects.

They also suggest the Bears may choose to stay local in finding a replacement for DE Israel Idonijie and draft Illinois Fighting Illini alum, DE Whitney Mercilus:

Whitney Mercilus DE, Illinois: Physically he looks the part and has the skill to simply man handle college lineman at times. However, he's a raw kid who is stiff in the hips and doesn't have a great feel for the game when asked to find the football. He's got some upside, but his tightness and overall lack of natural feel for the game are two very big concerns that will keep him from being the type of pass rusher his freaky skill set says he could.

Interestingly, the National Football Post lists the offensive tackle and cornerback positions as "mid tier" priorities. In 2011, the Bears quarterbacks were sacked on 9.4% of their pass plays, good for second-worst in the NFL -- leading some to think the Bears will prioritize their o-line.

The 2012 NFL Draft takes place on Thursday, April 26, with the Chicago Bears picking at No. 19. Stay tuned to the SB Nation Chicago 2012 NFL Draft storystream for more updates and analysis concerning the Bears' draft picks.

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