Primary Need

Thanks to free agency, the Bears enter the draft with some holes filled and others created. With the departure of Walt Harris and possibly Tony Parrish the team will be searching for depth in the secondary. Here's a preview of what to expect on draft day.

With cornerback Walt Harris bolting for Indianapolis, a major hole needs to be filled.

"With Harris gone, that's a big need area. I look for them to take Mike Rumph of Miami or Derek Ross of Ohio State," Frank Coyle of Draft Insiders Digest ( said. "That would be my No. 1 priority."

On defense, the Bears are young and stingy. Still, the pass rush is lacking, so a player like Syracuse sack machine Dwight Freeney might fit here. He was Pro Football Weekly's choice for the Bears in its mock draft.

The strength of the Bears' defense last season was up the middle, but tackles Ted Washington and Keith Traylor are aging and enormous, and that's a recipe for injury. The top defensive tackles will be long gone by No. 29, though, Coyle said.

The Bears also could use a tight end and a tackle to groom behind aging James "Big Cat" Williams and brittle Blake Brockermeyer. Tight end is deep in this draft, which would allow the Bears to wait until rounds 2 and 3 to fill those needs. The top tackles likely will be gone in the top 15 picks.

Total picks: Eight, including two in the sixth round.

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