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Chicago Bears take aim for off season excellence on draft day

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 29: General manager Phil Emery (L) and President and CEO Ted Phillips of the Chicago Bears.
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After re-signing key players and acquiring talented free agents, most recently the stealthy acquisition of Jared Allen, the Bears are poised to use the draft to add the final pieces to their playoff puzzle.

This year's draft, gives the Bears have the opportunity to fill a few key holes in their roster and put the finishing touches on a team that should be a playoff contender next season. With one pick in each of the first five rounds and two in the sixth round, the Bears will try to further stabilize their defense and add another offensive lineman to develop and add depth at guard.

Despite the high amount of defensive line additions, selecting Aaron Donald with the number 14 overall pick would still be a great idea if he's available. Donald defensive tackle who is about 6 '1 and weighs in at 285 pounds according to NFL Network. His strong showing at the combine in February featured a speedy 4.68 40 yard dash time, which was better than many safeties. There is a wealth game film that suggests that Donald has a very quick first step and is a motivated tackler. Donald is also a true three technique and his style compliments Jay Ratliff who is a projected starter at defensive tackle.

If Donald isn't available, the Bears front office must keep in mind that value is everything when selecting a first round pick. With that said, trading back to acquire Hasean Clinton-Dix, Calvin Pryor, or Justin Gilbert wouldn't be a bad move at all.

Chicago could attempt to add get their defensive lineman in the second round, and then spend the rest of the draft looking for defensive backs to round out their defense. Keep names like Lamarcus Joyner (Florida State), Jaylen Watkins (Florida), and Jimmie Ward (Northern Illinois) in mind when watching the Bears during the middle rounds.
Local fans should be excited to see the completion of what can easily become the deepest and most complete Bears team in recent memory. By filling many roster holes, free agency has left the Bears wide open to succeed in the draft. All we can do is hope they don't drop the ball.

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