If the Bears do not draft a safety in the second round with the 49th overall pick--wide receiver is the club's greatest need no matter how you analyze the roster--the Dallas Cowboys could grab one right behind them.
Dallas, which traded itself out of the first round when Jerry Jones paid a steep price for wide receiver Roy Williams, doesn't pick until No. 51 overall. Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Clemson's Mike Hamlin, Western Michigan's Louis Delmas and Texas Tech's Darcel McBath are all scheduled to visit the team this week. The Cowboys did the same thing as the Bears to address this position by signing a veteran--Gerald Sensabaugh--to a one-year contract. That is what general manager Jerry Angelo did with Josh Bullocks. Both clubs are eyeing lonterm solutions and the Bears are known to have interest in McBath too.
*** Speaking of the Cowboys and visits ... TCU safety Stephen Hodge visited Dallas on Monday. He is in New Orleans for an official visit today. Hodge, who is a distant relative of Lovie Smith, is being considered as an outside linebacker by a lot of teams, the Bears included. The Bears could consider Hodge in the mid to late rounds but they have been kicking the tires on a handful of linebackers who will all be undrafted free agents. Hodge will be drafted.
*** The Bears have also looked at several guards who project to be undrafted free agents. The club has shown real interest in Missouri Western's Roger Allen. Area scout Ted Monago was at his pro day where he worked out fully for the first time since suffering a sports hernia injury in the Texas vs. The Nation game. Allen made a visit to Kansas City on the Chiefs' day for area prospects. He's drawn keen interest from Carolina and Indianapolis as well. Allen put up 38 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds.
*** We'll check back later on this afternoon with a short draft profile for a scenario in which the Bears don't choose a wide receiver in the second round. We'll also get to Four Down Territory and cover some more wide receiver issues.