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Does Louisville's Sheldon Rankins make sense for Bears on Day 1?

Less than a month until the draft kicks off in Chicago, Kevin Weidl from Scouts Inc. compiled a list of three draft prospects who make sense for the Chicago Bears.

On Day 1, Weidl targets Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, who had 58 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and six sacks for the Cardinals last year. Some scouts view Rankins as versatile enough to play in a 3-4 or 4-3.

The choice for the Bears on Day 2 is Stanford guard Josh Garnett, who won the Outland Trophy as the nation’s top interior lineman. Garnett measured at 6-foot-4, 312 pounds at the NFL combine. Coach John Fox hinted last week the team is searching for additional help on the offensive line.

Finally, Weidl matches the Bears with Montana State tight end Beau Sandland on Day 3. A former Miami transfer, Sandland caught 37 passes for 632 yards and nine touchdowns last year, earning First-Team All-Big Sky honors.

The Bears currently have nine picks, including two choices each in the fourth and fifth rounds.