Wish List

The draft is less than two weeks away and the Bears are focussed on their needs. Leading up to the draft Bear Report will give you the scouting report on players the Bears are considering, but first here's the positions that could be addressed including finding a receiver to start opposite Marty Booker.

Defensive line - At tackle UFA Keith Traylor didn't fit the new scheme and signed with the Patriots. Holdovers Bryan Robinson and Alfonso Boone are ordinary players, not the kind of playmakers that Lovie Smith needs for his defense.

At end, Michael Haynes is penciled in as the every-down player on the left side, but his play last season wasn't extraordinary by any means. It's possible, though, that all he needs is a chance to play like a first-rounder. Even if he does, there is no depth behind he and DRE Alex Brown.

Offensive left tackle - Mike Gandy filled in here for most of the past two seasons, but he's a guard, and he plays left tackle like a guard. 2002 first-round draft pick Marc Colombo may never make it back from a dislocated knee cap suffered in November of that year. For now, inexperienced Qasim Mitchell is No. 1 based on his two starts last season.

Wide receiver - The Bears need a complement for Marty Booker, preferably one with big-play capabilities. David Terrell has done very little in his first three years to indicate that he's the guy. Justin Gage played well in limited action as a rookie, but it will be difficult for the Bears to go into the season without adding depth at wide receiver.

Quarterback – The Bears are now in need of a third string quarterback with the release of Chris Chandler and Kordell Stewart. With Rex Grossman and Jonathan Quinn cemented as the starter and backup respectively the Bears will likely add a developmental quarterback on the second day of the draft.

GM Jerry Angelo inked Zak Kustok to a two-year late last month, but don't expect the local product to make the 53-man roster. Despite being an intelligent player he doesn't have an NFL body or a strong arm.

Grossman and Quinn have combined for 6 NFL starts, which leaves Chicago incredibly inexperienced at quarterback. However Lovie Smith said that didn't bother him when pressed on the issue during the team's first mini-camp.

Other positions of note: The Bears will also look to add depth at linebacker and cornerback.

The Bears draft picks by round
1 14(14)
2 15(47)
3 15(78)
4 8(104) from Washington through New England
4 14(110)
5 16(148)
6 15(180)
7 14(215)

The Insiders contributed to this report.


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