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INDIANAPOLIS _ At the combine, the Bears will pay particular attention to linebackers, defensive linemen, offensive linemen and quarterbacks. Angelo called those the key Bears needs in the draft.

At linebacker, the Bears had Brian Urlacher, Warrick Holdman and Rosevelt Colvin, and all three will return next year barring a restricted free agent offer for Holdman or Colvin. However, the Bears were relatively thin at linebacker. Veteran backup Greg Jones is an unrestricted free agent and undersized Bobby Howard was the other main backup.

The defensive line is a position Angelo said he always stressed in Tampa Bay and most teams jump at the chance to nab defensive linemen. A team like the Bears, that likes to run waves of defensive linemen at offenses, needs more depth than they had this year.

The Bears may need to draft a backup quarterback to groom, chiefly because they could deal away Shane Matthews to Washington. However, talk of such a deal has reportedly cooled at the moment.

COMBINE CLATTER
___ The possibility of losing free agent safety Tony Parrish or Kreutz could necessitate otherwise, but right now the Bears have not scheduled visits at Halas Hall with free agents from other teams.

Angelo wants to get the Bears' own signing accomplished first.

___Bears personnel are using an extensive psychological test first devised by the New York Giants personnel staff under the late George Young. Angelo and Bears director of collegiate scouting Greg Gabriel both worked under Young.

Players at the combine have often complained about the test being too long and that it has too many bizarre questions.

Unlike the Giants, the Bears will administer the test only to a select number of players here.

The Bears' revamped player personnel department plans to place more weight on player production in games and post-season all-star contests than the combine. However, they do put an emphasis on the interviews they and the NFL do with players, and will also put an emphasis on 40-yard dash times. Side shows like the bench press, vertical leaps and cone drills are of little interest to them.


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