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Sunday, March 29, 2009
On the Clock: Chicago Bears

By Kevin Seifert

Posted by's Kevin Seifert

Team needs: Receiver, safety, right tackle

Dream scenario: Chicago's personnel deficiencies at receiver all but mandate a significant commitment in the draft, starting with the No. 18 overall pick.
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  Jeremy Maclin could provide an immediate upgrade to Chicago's receiving corps if he were available at No. 18.
At this point, it's possible that only one receiver -- Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree -- will be off the board when the Bears jump on the clock. That means Chicago will have its choice of Missouri's Jeremy Maclin, Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey, North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks, Rutgers' Kenny Britt, Florida's Percy Harvin and others. Grabbing the best of that remaining group at No. 18 would address a huge need at an appropriate value. Receivers don't often contribute immediately, but that's not always an expectation for a player drafted in the second half of the first round.

Plan B: I don't see a scenario in which the Bears won't have their choice of at least two of the receivers noted above. But some teams avoid drafting receivers in the first round because they are not always ready to contribute right away. If the Bears follow that thinking, they might look toward the offensive line or possibly trade down to explore the safety market in the second round. If they decide to go the route of an offensive lineman, the Bears might hope for Mississippi tackle Michael Oher or Arizona tackle Eben Britton to be available.

Scouts Inc. take: I think they need a receiver and I like the idea of a bigger guy like Hakeem Nicks. Harvin doesn't make as much sense for the Bears because what he does is a lot like what Devin Hester tries to do. To have a bigger guy like Hicks makes more sense on the opposite side. The receiver position is the toughest position to draft and develop. But I don't think they'll draft a receiver. That's the history of their general manager, Jerry Angelo. If I were them, I would be hoping that a tackle like Michael Oher from Mississippi would fall to them. That would be more of a Jerry Angelo type of pick. -- Jeremy Green

Who has final say: Jerry Angelo enters his eighth draft as the Bears' general manager.

Now On the Clock: New York Jets, March 30.

Previous On the Clock: Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team-by-team series.