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Finding a young quarterback in the draft will be a priority for the Bears. Chicago will be picking at the bottom of the first round, so names like Joey Harrington and David Carr will not be an option. Chad Hutchinson, who has been playing minor league ball in the St. Louis Cardinal organization, was an option but is close to signing with the Dallas Cowboys.

However, the Bears should be able to find a QB in the second or third round. Instate product Kurt Kittner, who has been compared to Drew Breese with less athletic ability, is a possibility. He started four years for Ron Turner, who the Bears offensive coordinator under Dave Wannstedt, in a pro style offense. Rohan Davey, who is a poor mans Daunte Culpepper, out of LSU also presents an intriguing combination of speed and size.

With the possibility of losing Walt Harris, Tony Parrish, James Allen and Olin Kreutz to free agency Chicago will look to add depth threw the draft.

The draft is deep in the secondary. Names like Keyou Craver from Nebraska, Michael Lewis from Colorado and Mike Rumph from Miami could be available at the end of the first round.

Both the offensive and defensive lines have some age on them, so getting some fresh legs into camp couldn't hurt.

Ted Washington and Keith Traylor are both in their thirties and 300 plus pound tackles at that age don't have a long shelf life. It's possible the Bears could cut Traylor in a salary cap decision and move recently re-signed Bryan Robinson from end to tackle. Meaning Phillip Daniels could move to his natural position of left end and Chicago could then decide to go after a pass-rushing specialist in the first round.

Alex Brown out of Florida is a pass-rush specialist, improved his run defense as a senior but still is inconsistent. Kalimba Edwards (South Carolina) could play linebacker or end, but at 251 pounds he could have problems defending the run.

Depending on whether or not James Allen takes a pay cut from his $1.1 million salary a third down back with some speed and good hands out of the backfield would be a necessity as a change of pace back from the power style of Anthony Thomas and Leon Johnson.

Although, James "Big Cat" Williams made his first Pro Bowl at 34 he'll be entering his 12th year in the league next season. Mike Gandy and Bernard Robertson the team's third and fifth round draft choices from 2001 didn't crack the game day roster, but should see significant playing time year.

Robertson is a possible replacement for Olin Kreutz or even "Big Cat". Gandy might have a harder getting playing time behind Rex Tucker and Chris Villarrial.


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