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Draft order set for Bears

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The updated draft order has been released by the NFL.

There will also be a new format when the 2010 NFL Draft begins on April 22. The first round will be broadcast during prime time Thursday night. The second and third rounds will be held beginning at 5:40 p.m. Friday with the final four rounds beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday morning.

The Bears won't make their first selection until later Friday night unless they somehow acquire a first-or second-round pick before then. As it currently stands, after 32 compensatory picks were added Wednesday, none of which belong to the Bears, general manager Jerry Angelo won't be on the clock until the 11th pick of the third round.

The Bears have the 12th pick in that round (75th overall) , the 11th pick in the fourth round (109th), the 10th pick in the fifth round (141st), the 12th pick in the sixth round (181st) and the 11th pick in the seventh and final round (218th).

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Well, considering Jerry has been asleep for the first two rounds for the last several years, this is probably a better plan...

I still think there is something afoot. It may not be Olsen, but I think Jerry is dying to get into that second round. Depending on how the draft shakes out, the Pats like to stockpile picks for future years, so maybe we can get the last of their second rounders for next year's second. The Browns do the same thing because Mangini fashions himself as a younger Belichick.

If we want a free safety, and still need a guard, I think we need a second and a third round pick to fill those needs. If Omiyale is staying at LG (God help us), then we can get by with just the third and possibly get a decent safety. I would feel a lot better making that pick in round 2, and taking a RT in the 4th or 5th round.

We have to get two more starters out of this offseason. We need an offensive line starter either at RT or LG depending on what we do with Omiyale, and we need a FS. I am not sold on the rest of the starters, but we are adequate at all other positions. We could use depth or upgrades, but I don't see it happening this year.

Starting this draft in the 3rd round may not get it done. But stranger things have happened, so we'll see.

I'd like to see Chicago move Omiyale outside to tackle and draft in a guard. Maybe someone like Alabama's Mike Johnson or Utah's Zane Beadles. Johnson was an all-american for Alabama this past season and is a four year starter, mostly at left guard. He could be there for the taking at #75. So could Utah's Zane Beadles. Beadles has started the past 3 seasons at left tackle for Utah, but scouts like him better inside at guard.

If Omiyale stays inside, I look for the Bears to go with someone like Indiana tackle Rodger Saffold. Saffold was a four year starter at Indiana and a standout at the east-west shrine game. Another tackle Chicago likes is Cincinnati's Jeff Linkenback, the 6-6 312lb tackle was a 2009 all Big East second teamer who help pave the way for the nations #6 offense at 464.3 yards per game. He's scheduled for a pre-draft visit in the windy city.

Safety wise, one to look out for is Utah's Robert Johnson. Johnson wasn't invited to the combine, and only ran a high 4.5 40, but impressed scouts with his 4.06 in the 20 yard shuttle, and his 6.56 in the 3-cone drill. Both numbers would have been tops among safeties at the combine. Johnson has nice size at 6-2 203lbs, and is good in coverage. Gil Brandt of said he looked very good in position drills. Johnson has a visit sat up for april 6th at Halas Hall. Heres my Bears mock draft for anyone that cares

Rd3 Mike Johnson g Alabama 6-6 305lbs
Rd4 Robert Johnson fs Utah 6-2 203lbs
Rd5 Eric Olsen c/g Notre Dame 6-4 310lbs
Rd6 Matt Mayberry lb Indiana 6-2 236lbs
Rd7 Danny Batten de S Dakota st 6-4 252lbs GO BEARS!!

Anyone remember that Jerry Angelo is still in charge of the draft? Here's my mock draft, based on the last nine years:

Round 3: A player from Vanderbilt, to be immediately put on IR.
Round 4: A lineman with at least one bad knee. Likely from Oklahoma. Put on IR at the end of training camp.
Round 5: A lineman from a lower-tier program somewhere in the Midwest with(you may pick two): three children with four women (at least one stripper); a drinking problem; illegal firearm possession charges; possession of illegal pitbulls charges; drunk boating charges;generally being bad to women charges. Cut. Picked up by the Raiders.
Round 6: A safety who will play better than any other DB but who will do some little something to threaten Lord ValdeLovie and will vanish in the depth chart until he is traded midseason for a sixth-round pick in the 2011 draft (who will again be a safety who will play better...and so on...) and will go on to make the Pro Bowl in 2011 with his new team, likely the Patriots.
Round 7: A throwaway wide receiver who was great in high school, not so much in college, as he is one-legged. Bears like his potential to become greatest one-legged wideout in NFL history. In his press conference Jerry will talk up the pick's potential, comparing the plucky pegleg with Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin. Cut immediately after signing, receives six-figure injury settlement. McKaskey family chortle at beloved Jerry's ineptitude. "What are you going to do?" they say. "We love the guy. He goes to church with us."

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