The Bears are well represented heading into the season, at least when it comes to Peter King's ranking of the NFL's top 50 players.
The 2008 Sports Illustrated preview issue hit newsstands today and three Bears land on his list. It's probably not too hard to guess which three:
22. Tommie Harris (25 last year)
27. Brian Urlacher (7 last year)
34. Devin Hester (69 last year)
Urlacher's drop 20 spots is the third-largest of any player still in the top 50. Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed dropped from No. 12 to No. 46 and Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney slipped from No. 13 to No. 37. San Diego tight end Antonio Gates also fell 20 spots from No. 15 to No. 35.
Harris is the second defensive tackle on the list, trailing only Minnesota's Kevin Williams (No. 13).
Urlacher is the third linebacker on the list after Dallas' DeMarcus Ware (No. 15) and San Diego's Shawne Merriman (No. 16). Guessing, the list was constructed before Merriman's knee injury hit. Other linebackers listed ahead of Lance Briggs (he's not in the top 50) are Seattle's Julian Peterson at No. 38, Baltimore's Terrell Suggs at No. 43 and San Francisco's Patrick Willis at No. 50.
No centers made the top 50. It will be interesting to see where King stacked up Olin Kreutz among the others at his position.
We're going to get to the Mailbag Q&A a little later on today.