The Bears will have to replace another valuable set of eyes this offseason with longtime scout Ted Monago leaving for a promotion with the St. Louis Rams.
Monago, who just finished his 12th season with the Bears, was an executive scout with a focus on the SEC, which is by far the best conference in college football right now. Monago will be a national scout for the Rams.
Monago's departure comes just days after director of pro scouting Chris Ballard left for the Kansas City Chiefs. Ballard is now the Chiefs' director of player personnel, overseeing their pro and college scouting.
Monago was promoted and assigned to the SEC in June 2012 as general manager Phil Emery reshaped and added to his staff. The Bears' 2013 draft class includes two players from the SEC, Florida linebacker Jon Bostic (50th overall) and Georgia defensive end Cornelius Washington (188).