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Bears lose special teams ace Corey Graham to Ravens

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The Bears have lost another special teams ace to the Baltimore Ravens.

Pro Bowl special teamer Corey Graham followed the path of Brendon Ayanbadejo, said Friday he will sign with the Ravens.

Graham, a fifth-round draft pick in 2007, led the Bears in special teams tackles with 22 last season and also was second on the team with three interceptions in a late-season nickel back role. That might have sealed his fate with the Bears. Graham said after the season he was looking for an opportunity to play cornerback and was unlikely to get that with the Bears. Graham started nine games at cornerback in 2008, but did not fare well and was replaced by Zack Bowman in 2009.

But he flourished in the special teams role and finally made the Pro Bowl last season. The Bears had interest in bringing him back, but in the same role as he played last season.

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Corey Graham is one of the leagues elite special teams players, as a corner, he's not. Losing Graham will hurt Chicago's special teams, but if Chicago can get another corner who can play corner, via the draft, it will be better for the team. I look for the Bears to draft a corner, they have Pro-Bowler Charles Tillman, Tim Jennings, and DJ Moore. They still need another corner.

I'd like to see the team draft Iowa States Leonard Johnson. They could get him in the 3rd round. Johnson was projected to go in the 2nd, but ran a 4.7 40 at the combine. He did run a 4.6 at his pro day. his lack of straight line speed will drop him in the eyes of many scouts. In Chicago's scheme, you don't need to be a track star to play corner. Johnson has faried well vs top competion, he played well ve Blackmon of Oklahoma st, the top rated receiver in this years draft, and did well vs Rutgers Mohamed Sanu, another top rated receiver coming out. Johnson can play, I say take him GO BEARS!!

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