INDIANAPOLIS -- Welcome to Day 3 of the NFL Combine here at Lucas Oil Stadium.
With the Lovie Smith extension out of the way, our focus can shift back to projecting which players might interest the Bears in the upcoming draft.
The player groups scheduled to meet with the media Saturday are defensive linemen and linebackers.
Bears general manager Jerry Angelo always puts a premium on defensive linemen, and with the uncertain future of defensive tackle Tommie Harris -- not to mention the Bears' need for another rush end -- it stands to reason the Bears will take at least one defensive linemen for the ninth time in 10 years under Angelo. (The Bears didn't take a DL in 2005.) Angelo called this group "very good" -- due in large part to all the underclassman that declared for the draft -- when he met with the local media on Friday.
The Bears also figure to check out the class of linebacker, since both Pisa Tinoisamoa and Nick Roach are free agents and veteran Hunter Hillenmeyer missed all of last year due to a concussion issue. Factor in Brian Urlacher's age and the expected loss of several key core special teams contributors and you could make the argument the Bears could use a few young linebackers who can run. Angelo, however, called the linebackers "not so good" when evaluating the draft earlier in the week.