Draft strategy

The draft is a day away and there is still debate of what the Bears will do with their pick. There is a possibility of a trade, but if the team stays at four then here's what they're going to do.

General manager Jerry Angelo has given every indication that the Bears will use their first-round pick (No. 4 overall) for a defensive lineman and then look to procure their quarterback of the future in the second round (No. 35).

Angelo has hinted that he considers interior d-linemen more valuable to a team's success than edge players, and the name that keeps coming up is Kentucky's Dewayne Robertson. Earlier in the off-season, Penn State's Jimmy Kennedy was the guy at the center of most Bears speculation. But Robertson's impressive testing results have shot him past Kennedy. Arizona State defensive end Terrell Suggs would fill a more immediate and pressing need for the Bears, however. Especially with the loss of leading sacker Rosey Colvin to free agency, the Bears need an impact pass rusher, although they are high on second-year end Alex Brown. Suggs appears to be favored by Coach Dick Jauron, who is well aware that another campaign similar to last season's 4-12 would be his last. The Bears already have a ton of defensive tackle personnel in massive Ted Washington and Keith Traylor, but Washington just turned 35 and is coming off a serious foot/ankle injury, and Traylor will be 34 before the season starts. At their age and weight, they could both go downhill in a hurry. The Bears also have moved Bryan Robinson to tackle after Brown replaced him last season. With a $20 million contract and two DUI arrests last year, he needs to perform a lot better on and off the field to play out his contract. But Robinson is just 29 and has been a solid starter and a top run defender for the past four seasons.

Angelo appears skittish about using a high pick on a quarterback, but he is well aware that the position is crying for young talent, despite the addition of free agent Kordell Stewart, who is the current starter. Angelo has privately expressed great appreciation of Chris Simms' talents, and he should be available when the Bears pick in Round Two.

If other teams are interested in moving up to the No. 4 slot, the guess is that the Bears would be willing to drop down a couple places and pick up extra picks.

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