Caplan's Corner: Bears' Draft Needs

The Chicago Bears have a lot more needs heading into the NFL Draft than they did a year ago, mostly on the offensive side of the football. What can we expect to see draft weekend? Senior NFL Reporter Adam Caplan offers a peak into his crystal ball based on what he's hearing.

WR Marty Booker – He's back with the team that drafted him. Booker is a possession receiver who will be a decent outlet for Bears quarterbacks.

WR Brandon Lloyd – He'll get one more chance this time under his former college coach, Ron Turner. If Turner can salvage Lloyd's career, Lloyd could wind up being a decent third receiver for them.

QB Brian Griese – He was traded to Tampa Bay, where he's one of five veteran quarterbacks on the roster.

G Ruben Brown – He may decide to retire.

OT Fred Miller – He was released and remains unsigned.

WR Muhsin Muhammad – He was released and signed with Carolina, where he'll likely serve as a third receiver.

WR Bernard Berrian – The team had interest in re-signing him but at their price. Instead, Berrian signed for big money with Minnesota.

TE John Gilmore – The blocking tight end signed with Tampa Bay.

DT Darwin Walker – The Bears have shown no interest in re-signing him.

DT Antonio Garay – He wasn't offered a contract.

DT Jimmy Kennedy – The former first-round bust joined Chicago late last season, but they declined to bring him back.

LB Brendon Ayanbadejo – He signed with Baltimore, and his value on special teams will be missed.

Wide Receiver – With the decision to pass on re-signing Berrian and with the release of Muhammad, there's a glaring need at this position. Some would argue the team doesn't have a projected quality starter at receiver at this point. Even if we're to believe return specialist Devin Hester will eventually be a solid receiver, that's not going to happen overnight.

Quarterback – At some point, the team needs to get an idea who their quarterback of the future is going to be. The prototype of a Turner signal-caller is one that has the ability to get the ball down the field consistently.

Right Tackle – Miller was released, and the team doesn't really have an adequate replacement for him. The offensive line really needs to take on a younger look.

Running Back – It's not a secret the team is interested in adding another back to challenge Cedric Benson for playing time. The team has worked out Matt Forte of Tulane and Jamaal Charles of Texas, and there's a good chance a back is added on the first day of the draft based on the lackluster results from Benson this past season.

Defensive Tackle – With Walker and Garay not expected to be re-signed, the team lacks depth at the position. Plus, starter Tommie Harris has played hurt the past two seasons, and third-year pro Dusty Dvoracek is coming back from ACL surgery.

Strong Safety – It clearly hasn't worked with Adam Archuleta, and Brandon McGowan doesn't have a lock on the job despite starting nine games last season. This position certain needs more competition and, perhaps, an upgrade.

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