Look into the future: Part 2

Since the initial attempt at predicting the Bears opening day lineup Jerry Angelo has made two acquisitions and the team held their first mini-camp. So it's time to take out your erasers for the following changes.

The addition of Ruben Brown not only gives the Bears a replacement for Chris Villarrial it adds depth on the offensive line. Steve Edwards, Aaron Gibson and Mike Gandy combined for 46 starts last season and potentially could all be in backup roles at the start of the season.

Gandy is the most likely candidate to remain in the starting lineup, as he will compete with Qasim Mitchell at left tackle. It appears that Mitchell has the inside track at this point because he's a natural tackle, while Gandy is more suited to play guard. When healthy Marc Colombo is definitely the most talented of the trio, but it's too early to say if he'll be ready for training camp.

Angelo traded a sixth-round pick to Washington for FB Bryan Johnson. Angelo would not have surrendered a draft choice for a fullback if he didn't expect Johnson to overtake Stanley Pritchett.

The Bears will not sign any more big names in free agency, so the draft and competition within the team will dictate what happens between now and the start of the season.

During last weekend's mini-camp Joe Odom and Bryan Knight each took a day with the first team defense at strong-side linebacker.

Mike Green did not partake in team drills because the team didn't want to rush him back from a groin injury that forced him to miss time last season. Bobby Gray took the majority of the first team snaps at strong safety. Todd Johnson, who missed all of last season with a broken jaw, knocked Marty Booker out of practice with a borderline cheap shot.

While Bryan Robinson and Alfonso Boone are penciled in as the defensive tackles, this is a definite area of weakness. Look for Angelo to address the interior of the defensive line if not with the 14th selection in the draft then at least on the first day. Lovie Smith still craves a third defensive end he could rotate with Michael Haynes and Alex Brown.

The theme of the draft will likely be defensive minded considering all five of the major off-season acquisitions have been on the other side of the ball.

WR Marty Booker
WR David Terrell
LT Qasim Mitchell
LG Rex Tucker
C Olin Kreutz
RG Ruben Brown
RT John Tait
TE Desmond Clark
QB Rex Grossman
RB Thomas Jones
FB Bryan Johnson

LE Michael Haynes
LDT Bryan Robinson
RDT Vince Wilfork
RE Alex Brown
SLB Joe Odom
MLB Brian Urlacher
WLB Lance Briggs
LCB Charles Tillman
RCB Jerry Azumah
FS Mike Brown
SS Bobby Gray

Special Teams
KR Jerry Azumah
PR R.W. McQuarters
K Paul Edinger
P Brad Maynard

Moved in to projected Starting Lineup
LT Qasim Mitchell
RG Ruben Brown
FB Bryan Johnson

Moved out of Projected Starting Lineup
LT Ephraim Salaam
RG Mike Gandy
FB Stanley Pritchett

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