The draft slot represents the club's highest since 2005, when the club used the No. 4 overall pick on running back Cedric Benson, who spent three seasons with the Bears (2005-07) before joining the Cincinnati Bengals in 2008 and later the Green Bay Packers (2012).
The Bears could go a number of directions with the No. 7 pick, given the uncertainty regarding the future of quarterback Jay Cutler, who could be an enticing trade option in the offseason, not to mention the club's subpar personnel on defense. The Bears could use Cutler and picks from later rounds to move up high enough in the order to draft one of the top quarterbacks or trade him to acquire more picks.
It's impossible to know what the club's plans are with ownership firing general manager Phil Emery on Monday along with head coach Marc Trestman.
The new general manager and head coach needs to overhaul the secondary because veteran cornerback Charles Tillman and safety Chris Conte aren't expected back. The Bears also need to address the linebacking corps because it's likely the team won't look to re-sign seven-time Pro Bowler Lance Briggs.