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Chicago Bears 2013 Mock Draft, Week 1: 7 Rounds

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Chicago Bears 2013 Mock Draft: 7 Rounds

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The Chicago Bears went through some changes this offseason after missing the playoffs by a game. A third-place finish in the NFC North was a sour way to end things for the team with the best defense in the division. It's not often you see a team finish 10-6 and not make the playoffs, but that's how tough the NFC North was in 2012.

In fact, a 10-6 team-- the Baltimore Ravens-- won the Super Bowl.

The Bears' changes included firing head coach Lovie Smith and hiring former Canadian Football League coach of the year, Marc Trestman. It's not often you see a CFL coach being hired into the NFL, but Trestman has a lot of experience in the league from 1985-2004 on nine different NFL staffs.

With a new head coach in place, there are other needs that this team faces. Their first and foremost need is upgrading the offensive line. The line has seen their fair share of problems with marginal players that result in sacks given up and Jay Cutler suffering injuries. There's a problem if a quarterback is laying flat on his back more than he is running around and making plays.

The Bears may dip their hands into free agency to find offensive lineman, but that can become too costly, especially with the players available. However, the NFL Draft is coming up and what better place to find a cheap talent than in the draft.

Another top target could be a wide receiver with Brandon Marshall being the No. 1 guy, the next closest receiver, Earl Bennett, saw a difference of 1,200 yards between the two.

I am here to take a look at the Bears' draft needs and who could potentially be available when their name comes up on the draft board. Here is the complete seven-round mock draft for the Chicago Bears.

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First Round: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

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This could be a stretch, but the Bears need a guy to take the load off of Brandon Marshall. I know, Tyler Eifert isn't a receiver, but he is the kind of guy that could seemingly knock out two birds with one stone. The Bears need major help on the offensive line as well as in the receiving game as Cutler led an offense that passed for under 200 yards per game. He simply needs more targets and Eifert would serve as just that. He is the best tight end in the draft and if he falls to No. 20, the Bears will jump at the opportunity to take him.

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Second Round: Dallas Thomas, OG, Tennessee

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Dallas Thomas could play two positions on the offensive line. He is an offensive guard, but could also serve as the ever-important offensive tackle for the Bears. Thomas may not be the strongest offensive lineman available when the No. 50 overall pick comes around, but he is a very strong run-blocker and pass-protector. Oh, hey, isn't that exactly what the Bears need?

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Fourth Round: Jon Bostic, LB, Florida

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If Jon Bostic can fall to the Bears in the fourth round, they would be ecstatic. With no third-round pick, they will need to address their linebacking needs in the fourth or fifth rounds. They could actually use both rounds to help the need at linebacker with Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs seemingly winding their careers down. The Bears need a linebacker that could be the future of the franchise and if Bostic can fall to them somehow in the fourth round, he could be that guy.

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Fifth Round: Nico Johnson, LB, Alabama

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Although Urlacher and Briggs may be two of the best linebacking duos in the NFL today, they can't play forever. Although I have the Bears drafting a linebacker in the fourth round, drafting another in the fifth round wouldn't be such a bad idea, either. Nico Johnson will likely be around in the fifth round when the it's the Bears turn to make a pick, allowing them to take yet another solid linebacker that could fill the void that will soon be left by Briggs and Urlacher. Johnson is a tough defender that likes to meet players head-on and guess what? He actually knows how to wrap a player up. Something that seems foreign to players these days.

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Sixth Round: Brandon McGee, CB, Miami

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You can never have too much help at the cornerback position, and Brandon McGee could be the guy to give them some extra cushion. He is a solid defensive back with adequate size but sometimes gets caught up with receivers and gets put out of position, often leading to pass interference calls. This can easily be fixed with footwork improvement. He has great straight-line speed and with his quickness, he can stay with most NFL receivers. He would be almost a steal in the sixth round.