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Sunday, April 18, 2010
Bears could make draft impact late

By The Associated Press

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CHICAGO -- There will be no big smiles and handshakes, no grand announcement proclaiming, "With the 11th pick in the 2010 draft, the Chicago Bears select ... Jay Cutler!"

You could say that's essentially what they did, though.

Their first-round pick went to Denver in the Cutler trade a year ago and they sent their second-rounder to Tampa Bay for the late Gaines Adams. That means the Bears, with the 75th pick, will be early spectators in what's widely considered a strong draft, a fact that makes at least some fans cringe.

Then again, they don't have to worry about another early-round disappointment. And will anyone complain if Cutler regains his Pro Bowl form after throwing 26 interceptions last season?

"You really have to take it into context with the trades you've made," NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock said. "It's too early to judge Cutler."

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