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April 15, 3:00 PM ET


Jeff Dickerson
  (3:01 PM)

Hello. Let's talk Bears and NFL draft for the next 30 minutes.

Jack (Chicago)

If Ogletree and Te'o are both on the board at 20, who do you think the Bears take (assuming it would be one of the two)?

Jeff Dickerson
  (3:04 PM)

I believe the Bears might attempt to trade the pick in that scenario. But if forced to choose between the two, I'd go with Ogletree. Te'o needs to play in a small market without an intense media presence. Chicago is not that place. I think Te'o doesn't make it past Minnesota at No. 25. That's a good spot for him.

Gee Chicago, IL [via mobile]

Is it any way possible for the Bears to get Urlacher back?

Jeff Dickerson
  (3:07 PM)

George McCaskey left the door open two weeks ago, but the Bears kind of moved on when they signed D.J. Williams and James Anderson. Plus, the organization has several linebackers on pre-draft visits. The Bears need to get younger at linebacker. All that being said, I'd still like to see Urlacher return, but it doesn't seem all that likely. I'm sure Bears GM Phil Emery will be asked that question tomorrow at his press conference that begins at 11:45 a.m.

Jammy (NYC)

Per Mike C's report he says Bears are considering Tyler Eifert strongly. I like Eifert, but I see him as a luxury. Is this a real possibility?

Jeff Dickerson
  (3:10 PM)

I understand why people would view selecting a tight end at No. 20 a luxury since the Bears paid good money to Martellus Bennett in free agency. But I would not object if the Bears traded their first round pick and took a TE, either in the late first round, or in rounds 2-3, if the Bears are able to add a 3rd round choice. Eifert, Ertz, Kelce...these are all good names.

Matt (Portage Park)

JD, historically the highest a guard has been taken in the past 15 years is pick #17, and in that time there haven't been two guards taken in the top 20 picks. Do you see at least one of the top two guard prospects (Warmack, Cooper) falling to the bears, and if so, will they select him with the 20th pick?

Jeff Dickerson
  (3:13 PM)

Most mock drafts have those two guys off the board at No. 20, but again, I have no issue if the Bears use a first round pick on a guard. For one, they need another starting guard. And two, the offensive line in general needs to get better. I think there is a chance the Bears trade that No. 20 pick, unless the right offensive lineman is still available. Maybe the two guards fit that bill. I also like Alabama RT D.J. Fluker. He would be an upgrade over J Webb and his nation.

Jeff Dickerson
  (3:13 PM)

Most mock drafts have those two guys off the board at No. 20, but again, I have no issue if the Bears use a first round pick on a guard. For one, they need another starting guard. And two, the offensive line in general needs to get better. I think there is a chance the Bears trade that No. 20 pick, unless the right offensive lineman is still available. Maybe the two guards fit that bill. I also like Alabama RT D.J. Fluker. He would be an upgrade over J Webb and his nation.

Joe (Atlanta)

Where do you see a player like Schwenke going this year? He'd be a nice pick, but will he still be there at 50?

Jeff Dickerson
  (3:16 PM)

Most people view Cal center/guard Brian Schwenke as a 3rd round pick. Right now the Bears do not own a 3rd round pick. If they ever do, I have to imagine Schwenke will get strong consideration. First team All-Pac-12 last year at center. Also made 24 starts at guard for Cal.

Justice (H-Town, WI)

What projected 2nd round LB would be best fit for the Bears?

Jeff Dickerson
  (3:18 PM)

Arthur Brown seems to be a more conventional choice. He could start his NFL career on the strong side and eventually move to the middle. Zaviar Goodwin is considered a 3rd -4th round choice. He is a freakish athlete who one day could potentially replace Lance Briggs at WLB, granted he pans out in the NFL. I also like the linebacker from Oregon, Kiko Alanso.

Tim from Chicago [via mobile]

If Marc Silverman was actually athletic and had the body of an Adonis, would you draft him?

Jeff Dickerson
  (3:18 PM)

His attitude would be a big red flag.

Greg (Chicago)

Are there any WR the Bears are looking at in the draft?

Jeff Dickerson
  (3:19 PM)

I'm sure they are. My favorite is Texas A&M WR Ryan Swope. He could be a mid-round target.

Rich (Grayslake)

Will Phil have a problem bringing Urlacher back if the linebackers get depleted or does he want to turn the page.

Jeff Dickerson
  (3:21 PM)

Only Phil knows that. I'm not sure Urlacher wants to come back. I assume a market will develop for him after the draft when teams have a better idea about their rosters.

Bill (Barrington)

Are the Bears setting themselves up to pay a Flacco-esque contract for Cutler next year or are they further along in talks than they are leading on?

Jeff Dickerson
  (3:23 PM)

I think the Bears would be crazy to sign Cutler to a deal until they see how he performs next season. If he lights it up and clicks with Trestman and the rest of the locker room, then the Bears would probably pay in that Tony Romo range of $17-$18 million per year. But let's see how this year unfolds first.

PETE W (SUMMIT)

How about a credible backup QB in the draft for Cutler? Im thinking Barkley From USC

Jeff Dickerson
  (3:26 PM)

Not to sound like a broken record, but I have no issues with the Bears using a high pick on a QB. They have to start drafting young quarterbacks and developing them. What if Cutler doesn't work out? Then what? Now, how high they take a QB this year might reflect their confidence level in Cutler or their confidence level about the prospects of re-signing him. If the quarterbacks all fall as some predict, I'd keep an open mind.

Brian (Denver) [via mobile]

How about tyrann Matthieu in the middle rounds.

Jeff Dickerson
  (3:29 PM)

I don't know. What's he going to do when he gets a little money in his pocket? We all know what he did when he didn't have money. Lots of red flags there. I'd be wary.

Kevin (Denver)

Are there currently any ongoing talks about a Tillman and/or Jennings extension since both of their contracts are up after this season?

Jeff Dickerson
  (3:30 PM)

I believe the Bears will look to extend some contracts after the draft. Both seem logical candidates, although maybe Jennings has an edge because he is younger. But I expect the Bears to talk with Brandon Marshall. That's a no-brainer.

Jammy (NYC)

Any word on Israel Idonije?

Jeff Dickerson
  (3:31 PM)

Still unsigned. Going to have to take a pay cut, I suspect.

Jeff Dickerson
  (3:32 PM)

Thanks everybody. We'll do this again soon. Have a great week.