Don't overlook the possibility that the Bears will turn their attention to a linebacker at some point in the first five rounds of the draft. It might not be the most pressing need, but general manager Jerry Angelo was very clear Tuesday in discussing the need to make sure the team gets appropriate value at each pick. Angelo has already talked about the position being one of the real strengths of this draft and not just at the top of the board.
That brings us to a college safety most teams are looking to convert into a linebacker--TCU's Stephen Hodge. He's got a Bears' connection. We've known Hodge was a distant relative of coach Lovie Smith. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has cleared up that relationship for us. Smith's sister is also Hodge's mother's stepsister.