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Is it ever too early to start mock drafts? We would suggest it is a little early but it's interesting to see what some long-range prognosticators think about the Bears. No, not who they are going to draft next April. How they are going to finish in 2009.
The Bears dealt their first-round pick to the Denver Broncos for next year, so they will not be in action until the second round (or later if they trade down again, right?).
It doesn't look good for the Bears if you follow Todd McShay's draft at ESPN.com. He has the Broncos selecting 13th in the first round.
Yes, 13th. So that means he has the Jay Cutler-led Bears doing worse than they did this past season when they were at No. 18. If it's any concession, McShay has the Green Bay Packers (9th) and the Detroit Lions (3rd) doing worse. Talk about a rotten season for the NFC North. By our estimation, that means McShay has the Bears losing most games not involving the Packers and Lions. For what it's worth, he has the Broncos taking TCU linebacker Jerry Hughes with the pick.
Over at SI.com, Andrew Perloff likes the Cutler-led Bears a little better. He has the Broncos choosing 21st. That likely means the Bears are one of the last teams in the playoffs as the NFC North winner by virtue of his breakdown. He has Denver using the pick on Missouri linebacker Sean Witherspoon. We think you'll recognize a defensive trend here.
Peter Schrager at FoxSports.com also likes the Bears to sneak into the postseason. He has Denver using the 22nd overall pick on ... you guessed it ... a linebacker--Boston College's Mark Herzlich.
Walter Football likes the Bears to get a win in the postseason, or at least earn a first-round bye. It has the Broncos picking all the way down at No. 26 and choosing Texas quarterback Colt McCoy. Maybe he's the man to replace Cutler, not Kyle Orton.
Who knows? Time, a year of it, will tell.