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Bears third-round draft possibilities

2/19/2010

CHICAGO -- Here is the second installment of our look at the Chicago Bears' draft needs and available players who might still be on the board when the third round begins. Draft ranking can change dramatically after the combine, but most of these players have been given pre-combine grades of third round or lower.

Defensive End: This is a major need that should be addressed in both the draft and free agency. Just like at defensive tackle, Lovie Smith covets speed in his edge rushers. The Bears have failed to consistently pressure the quarterback in each of the last three seasons, and subsequently have missed the postseason in each of the last three seasons. See the correlation.

Greg Hardy, Mississippi

George Selvie, South Florida

Jermaine Cunningham, Florida

Alex Carrington, Arkansas State

Lindsey Witten, Connecticut

Brandon Lang, Troy

Rahim Alem, LSU

Offensive tackle: Chris Williams appears to have a bright future ahead of him at left tackle, but right tackle is a bit cloudy with Kevin Shaffer and probably Frank Omiyale competing for the job. The Bears are very high on last year's seventh-round pick Lance Louis (who is athletic enough to slide over to guard if necessary), but you can never have enough depth at tackle, especially in the pass-heavy offense run by Mike Martz.

Ciron Black, LSU

Rodger Saffold, Indiana

Ed Wang, Virginia Tech

Kyle Calloway, Iowa

Selvish Capers, West Virginia

Drew Davis, Alabama

Offensive guard: If the Bears were sold on Josh Beekman, they wouldn't have signed Omiyale last offseason. The goal in 2009 was to get bigger up front. Maybe the goal in 2010 should be to find a guard who can play, regardless of size and wingspan. The Bears would be wise to find their new left guard in free agency, but might want to pick one in the draft as insurance.

Jon Asamoah, Illinois

Mike Johnson, Alabama

John Jerry, Mississippi

Mitch Petrus, Arkansas

Brandon Carter, Texas Tech

Marshall Newhouse, TCU.

Receiver: The Bears could really use a veteran presence in this meeting room, but adding a bigger rookie to the mix might be prudent. Devin Aromashodu is the only wideout with any kind of size, and Jay Cutler is more successful throwing to a larger target.

Carlton Mitchell, South Florida

Mike Williams, Syracuse

David Gettis, Baylor

Riley Cooper, Florida

Danario Alexander, Missouri

Eric Decker, Minnesota

Marcus Easley, Connecticut

Running back: The Bears are expected to add another running back either through free agency or the draft. It's tough to say whether Kevin Jones will be around this year, although he did play for Mike Martz in Detroit. Even if Jones is brought to training camp, the Bears still need to bring in another runner with pass-catching ability.

Joe McKnight, USC

Joique Bell, Wayne State (MI)

Andre Dixon, Connecticut

James Starks, Buffalo

Chris Brown, Oklahoma