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Drafting 29th puts the Bears in a situation where finding one of the top defensive ends in Round 1 will be difficult.

Syracuse's Dwight Freeney may not have the ideal size to plug the run or stay out of the hospital, but he might be the best player at a need position available in April when the Bears make their first selection.

At the NFL scouting combine (Feb. 28 – March 4) the Bears' visited extensively with Freeney while assessing the crop of pass rushers -- a position of need made apparent by Donovan McNabb's ease at eluding their sack attempts in the playoffs.

``They would be getting a guy who is going to work hard, a blue collar guy, a guy who is going to play hard and play, regardless,'' said Freeney.

Freeney hasn't always been able to play, however.

Measuring out at 6-foot-1, 266 pounds here, he uses his 4.5-second 40-yard dash speed well getting around the corner. He had 31 collegiate sacks.

However, he played in college around 255 pounds and often wound up injured.

Freeney injured an ankle in his very first collegiate game and tore tendons in his right hand during the opener his sophomore season and wore what he called ``a club'' on it all year. He suffered a season-ending lacerated spleen the seventh game of his junior year while trying to tackle Michael Vick.

Teams interested in him -- the Bears and Colts in particular, he said -- haven't labeled him injury prone.

``It hasn't seemed like a big concern,'' he said. ``The only serious one that I've really had that requires surgery was my finger (tendons damage).''

Freeney thought his visit with the Bears went well, even if he has some obvious flaws that could keep him near the 29th pick where the Bears select.

``It was a very good interview,'' he said. ``It seemed like they were interested and hopefully I can add some pass rush to their defense.''

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