The Monsters of the Midway were targeting another young tackle prospect to solidify the offensive line in the first round of the NFL Draft, so they were disappointed to see Michael Oher from Ole Miss go to the Redskins at No. 13 overall.
However, that disappointment was quickly cast aside when the Bears were finally on the clock at 18th, as they raced the card up to the podium with their selection in Round 1: Missouri wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Considered a top-10 talent by most every scout in the land and the consensus No. 2 pass catcher on the board behind Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree, Maclin is an explosive playmaker and should pair nicely with Devin Hester in the starting lineup right away. His ability on special teams initially won't be needed with Hester and Danieal Manning already on the roster, meaning he can concentrate on offense and give quarterback Kyle Orton another weapon in the passing game.
The Jets did the Bears a favor at No. 17 by allowing themselves to be seduced by the Scouting Combine and Pro Day efforts of Maryland wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey, who is an incredible talent but has never been productive in terms of numbers.
Maclin would be a big addition to the passing game. (G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)
This is how it shook out in the annual Scout.com intersite mock draft, conducted by insiders from all 32 NFL teams and due to be released later this month. All 64 selections in the first two rounds will be made, and since the Bears have already upgraded their receiving corps with the Maclin pick, now it is time to shore up what currently is a shaky offensive line. As of right now, Oklahoma tackle Phil Loadholt looks to be Bear Report's target at No. 49 overall in Round 2.
Some of the more notable choices ahead of Chicago include USC QB Mark Sanchez to Detroit at No. 1 instead of Georgia QB Matthew Stafford, Texas DE Brian Orakpo shooting up to Cleveland at No. 5, and troubled Alabama OT Andre Smith heading to San Francisco at No. 10.
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