Stephen Gilmore, CB, South Carolina: Gilmore could be a top-15 pick, and while he's still developing in terms of instincts he has the size, athleticism and speed to become a No. 1 corner. And a team that will face Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford four times a year has to be able to cover on the perimeter.
The Bears brought back Israel Idonije on a one-year deal but still need to upgrade the position and find another outside pass rusher to complement Julius Peppers. After Peppers and Idonije, the depth chart at end is littered with question marks. The jury remains out on former fourth-round draft choice Corey Wootton, who has yet to make a significant impact. Veteran Chauncey Davis made a few plays last year after he signed with the club in mid-November, and is in the mix to earn a spot in the rotation.
-- Jeff Dickerson
The numbers are down at defensive tackle after the Bears released Anthony Adams, then lost Amobi Okoye in free agency to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. So it stands to reason the Bears will consider addressing the position in the draft. The hope is 2011 second-round pick Stephen Paea takes a major step in his second season, either at nose tackle or the three-technique spot he manned in college. Paea, Henry Melton, Matt Toeaina and second-year player Jordan Miller round out the depth chart on the interior of the defensive line.
While Lovie Smith appears satisfied with the current starting duo of Chris Conte and Major Wright, history points to the Bears needing additional help at safety. Re-signing Craig Steltz was a smart move, but given the injury/performance history of Wright and the inexperience of Conte, it might be wise to be on the lookout for more help in the secondary. Plus, Brandon Meriweather left for the Washington Redskins in free agency, leaving another hole for the team to fill on the depth chart from a reserve standpoint. The Bears can never have too many safeties.
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