Plan of Attack for the 2012 NFL Draft: Chicago Bears

Free agency is waning down and the Draft is just a handful of days away.  It’s time to sit down and go over every teams free agent acquisitions and losses, along with their team needs.   Using that information  we will figure out a Plan of Attack for the 2012 Draft for each team.  We’ll start with the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants and work our way down one day at a time, to the Indianapolis Colts and the first overall pick.

CHICAGO BEARS                                                             

Team Needs: OL, WR, DE, TE, LB

Free Agent Acquisitions:  WR Brandon Marshall (acquired in trade), QB Jason Campbell, RB Michael Bush, LB Blake Costanzo, TE Kellen Davis (resigned), CB Kelvin Hayden, DT Israel Idonije, CB Tim Jennings, QB Josh McCown, S Craig Steltz, WR Devin Thomas, WR Eric Weems, CB Jonathan Wilhite

Free Agent Losses: CB Zach Bowman, CB Corey Graham, QB Caleb Hanie, DT Marcus Harrison, S Brandon Meriweather, DT Amobi Okoye, OT Frank Omiyale

Round 1:
Potential Targets:
OT Jonathan Martin, OG David DeCastro, G/T Cordy Glenn, OT Mike Adams, G/C Peter Konz, DE Whitney Mercilus, DE Nick Perry, DE Quinton Coples, WR Kendall Wright, WR Michael Floyd, WR Stephen Hill, TE Coby Fleener

Round 2:
Potential Targets:
OLB Lavonte David, OLB Zach Brown, WR Alshon Jeffrey, WR Mohammed Sanu, WR AJ Jenkins, WR Brian Quick, TE Orson Charles, TE Dwayne Allen, DE Andre Branch, DE Jared Crick, OT Zebrie Sanders, OT Mitchell Schwartz, OT Kelechi Osemele, G Kevin Zeitler, G Jeff Allen, G Amini Silatolu

Round 3:
Potential Targets:
OLB Nigel Bradham, OLB Sean Spence, OLB Terrell Manning, DE Tyrone Crawford, DE Oliver Vernon, TE Ladarius Green, TE Michael Egnew, OG Joe Looney, OG James Brown, WR Joe “The Jet” Adams, WR Ryan Broyles, WR Nick Toon, WR Marvin McNutt, LB Bobby Wagner

Plan of Attack:  After the big trade for Brandon Marshall, the Bears first round pick will now be narrowed down to offensive line or defensive end.  For line help, they’d love to see Stanford’s David DeCastro available but that seems unlikely.  So instead they could target his teammate, Jonathan Martin.  Martin is a big smooth moving lineman who is smart and agile.  He could start from day one on the left side and really solidify that Bears offensive line.  If Martin is gone, then the team could look at adding a pass rusher to compliment Julius Peppers.  There is an outside chance UNC’s Quinton Coples falls to them, but more realistic options would be USC’s Nick Perry or Illinois’ very own Whitney Mercilus.  Mercilus is a one year wonder but would be a popular choice, being a Fighting Illini alum.  A wild card pick for the Bears in the first round would be Stanford TE Coby Fleener.  Mike Tice is the new offensive coordinator and he’d love to be able to utilize a TE with the pass catching ability of Fleener.

The Bears are old and thin at linebacker and that could be an area they look at in round 2.  They’d do cartwheels if Lavonte David fell to them, but that is unlikely, so they could target UNC’s Zach Brown.  He is ultra fast, but could stand to learn some nastiness from Urlacher and company.  Tight end is also a real possibility in round 2 and Dwayne Allen from Clemson  and Georgia’s Orson Charles could be considered.  If the Bears get a pass rusher in round 1, then they could also look at tackles like Zebrie Sanders or Mitchell Schwartz in round 2.

The Bears only have one third rounder after the Marshall trade and that pick could be used in multiple ways.  If they are unable to get a linebacker in the first two rounds then it becomes the no. 1 priority in the third.  Miami’s Sean Spence, FSU’s Nigel Bradham, or Utah St’s Bobby Wagner could be guys they look at.  The Bears still need receiver help even with Marshall and their free agent additions and could choose a youngster to groom in round 3.  They could look at a slot type like Ryan Broyles, or Jet Adams, or take a bigger guy like Marvin McNutt from Iowa.  If the Bears have yet to address their offensive line they could find value at guard in round 3, with Joe Looney, or James Brown.




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