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Chicago Bears NFL Draft Updates: Latest News, Trade Rumors and Speculation

It might be a foregone conclusion the Bears will take defensive end Whitney Mercilus with their first-round pick, but maybe we shouldn’t count out wide receiver Kendall Wright just yet. The team has kicked the tires on both players, and it could come out to who has the better draft grade. For the first time in years, the Bears have made offense a focus in their offseason. The additions of Brandon Marshall, Michael Bush, Jason Campbell, Devin Thomas and Eric Weems have proved the team wants to get better on that side of the ball. The team has given Lance Briggs an extension, brought back Israel Idonije and signed corners Kelvin Hayden and Jonathan Wilhite, but they still have needs on defense. There’s no doubt the pass-rushing ability of Mercilus would fill an immediate need. His ability to get to the quarterback opposite side Julius Peppers could level the playing field for the Bears in a division where they see Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford twice a year.The defensive minded Lovie Smith would have to revel at the idea of seeing a consistent pass rush again. The defensive end position is also a very deep one in this year’s draft. Players like Vinny Curry out of Marshall, Andre Branch from Clemson and Chandler Jones from Syracuse could all be available in the second round by the time the team picks again. This leaves the door open for a play-making wide receiver. Kendall Wright struggled at the combine, but he is the kind of player whose speed shows up in the game and not a drill. His numbers don’t lie. Pairing with Robert Griffin III, Wright had 108 receptions with 1,663 yards and 14 touchdowns last season.There is still a big question mark with the health of Johnny Knox, and the team could use another big-time threat opposite Brandon Marshall. By the time the Bears draft, they would have seen Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd come off the board. Can they pass on the third best option? There is also some good receiver depth in this year’s draft too. Stephen Hill from Georgia Tech is rising up draft boards. Options in the second round could be Alshon Jeffery from South Carolina, Mohamed Sanu from Rutgers or Ruben Randle out of LSU. Having a need at two of the deeper positions in the draft creates an interesting dilemma. Knowing you have the ability to fill that void in a late-round pick means the Bears will draft whoever they evaluate is the best player of the two. The question is whether it’s Mercilus or Wright? 

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