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10 draft things for Bears fans to watch

4/23/2010

The Chicago Bears will play the spectator role Thursday night when the NFL draft kicks off.

With only five picks -- unless the club finagles a deal to acquire additional selections or to move up the board -- the Bears won't even go on the clock until Friday, which is likely why Halas Hall is closed during the draft's first day.

But don't be lulled to sleep by the team's early inactivity. There's still quite a bit going on behind the scenes.

Here are 10 things to keep an eye on with the team during the draft and its aftermath:

1. Extra time to re-stack the board

Because the draft is split over three days, the Bears -- like the rest of the league -- will have additional time to re-stack their draft board between rounds. Depending on your perspective, that could help or hurt the club.

The additional time gives the Bears a full night to ponder scenarios, construct potential deals for trades and reshuffle the board headed into the next day's round. The extra time could potentially cause them to overthink things, too.

2. Will the Bears try to maneuver up into the second round or trade a vet or future picks to acquire picks?

The scenario presently seems unlikely, reading into comments made Wednesday by Bears general manager Jerry Angelo.

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