Updated First-Round Scenarios for Chicago Bears After Free Agency

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After the Bears were active on the first two days of free agency, signing defensive ends Lamarr Houston and Willie Young among other players, their priorities have slightly shifted. While they will still look for more help on the defensive line, it may not be their biggest need anymore. If they can't agree to terms with Charles Tillman, they may shift their focus in the draft to the secondary.

CB - Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

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CB - Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

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One of the top cover corners in college football last season, Dennard would fit perfectly into the Bears' defense. Should Tillman leave, Dennard can step in and start instantly. With him on the defense and the other upgrades the team has made defensively, they should be much improved from 2013.

DT - Timmy Jernigan, Florida State

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DT - Timmy Jernigan, Florida State

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A national champion at Florida State last season, Jernigan would help make the Bears world champion contenders. His big body inside would anchor an already improved defensive line, which would become a strength with the addition of Jernigan.

DT - Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

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DT - Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

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After his stellar performance at the NFL Draft Combine, Donald shot up draft boards. The Bears may very well consider him the best nose tackle in the draft because of his stellar athleticism. Due to his athleticism, it's reasonable to think that Donald could slide outside when needed as well.

DT - Louis Nix III, Notre Dame

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DT - Louis Nix III, Notre Dame

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Depending on where the other defensive tackles go in the draft, Nix could be the Bears' pick at No. 14 overall. While Donald is more athletic, Nix III takes up more room inside and could develop into a great run stopper in the pros.

CB - Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

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CB - Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

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Along with Dennard, Gilbert is one of the top cornerbacks in the draft and would be a great fit in Chicago. He's a playmaker and the Bears love having those on their defense as they preach takeaways and going a long way the other way with it.


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