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Could DT Mike Martin #68 of the Michigan Wolverines be on the radar for the Chicago Bears?
Could DT Mike Martin #68 of the Michigan Wolverines be on the radar for the Chicago Bears?

I enjoy when publications go deeper than the standard one round mock draft. As it gets closer to April 26th, some mocks start to get through 2 rounds, while others start to project players that would be a nice system fit for each particular team. Rob Rang of via, has a team by team breakdown of five players that each team should consider.

Here are 5 players that he believes Chicago GM Phil Emery should contemplate drafting.

1) Notre Dame WR, Michael Floyd - Floyd is up and down recent mocks after his combine performance. While he was the consensus pick for Chicago at 19 a month ago, lately he's going much sooner, but there are still plenty of mocks that have him available when the Bears pick in the first round. ranks Floyd as their 10th best prospect. Pairing Floyd up across from Brandon Marshall could be a match-up nightmare for defenses. Here's some of what Rang had to say;

Floyd's measurables and workout numbers speak for themselves, but it could be his interviews with teams that is ultimately driving his market entering the draft. Floyd's off-field transgressions are well-documented, be he's been extremely accountable, contrite and sounds like his past is in the past.

I'd love to see Floyd picked at #19, but it all depends on who is available. In Rang's April 12th mock draft he had Floyd falling to #21 and the Bears taking DE Courtney Upshaw.

2) Syracuse DE, Chandler Jones - Jones is ranked at #37 according to NFLDraftScout, and the buzz surrounding him may move him into the 1st round. He's a player Rang believes the Bears could consider at #19.

His 35-inch vertical, 120-inch broad jump and eyebrow-raising results in the three-cone drill (7.07) and short shuttle (4.38) highlight his explosiveness, ability to change direction at close to full speed and lateral agility. On paper -- add his 35 1/2-inch arm length -- he's nearly from the mold of the perfect pass-rushing prototype.

I think this is a top heavy draft for DE prospects, which is one reason I think Emery may trade back if he can find a trading partner. I think there are at least 7 DEs that legitimately have a shot oat the 1st round. But with that kind of depth, someone is bound to slip.

3) Michigan DT, Mike Martin - The Bears will draft a DT at some point, and what some consider to be an undersized DT at 6'1" 306, is a good fit for the Bears scheme. Martin was a Michigan state shot put champion in high school, and as a high school junior (with no previous wrestling experience) he won the state championship.

There might not be enough superlatives in Rod Marinelli's vocabulary for the overachieving Martin. He's built low to the ground, wins with his hands, balance and body control and keeps pushing when stalemated off the snap. It's Martin's stocky build, extremely short arms and inability to stand up against tandem blocks that will push him out of the top 60 picks.

NFLDraftScout has him ranked 79th overall, and his profile page states that he could be a rotational 4-3 three technique DT that could play NT on passing downs.

4) Missouri TE, Michael Egnew - The Bears brought back Kellen Davis, and they like the potential he has, but they'd be foolish not to add to the position. Egnew, whom they rank as the 116th overall prospect, is a pass catching tight end that is a converted wide out. Here's some of what Rang had to say about the 6'5" 252 pound Egnew;

Egnew, an overgrown receiver, has the straight-line speed (4.54 40 at the Combine) and soft hands to demand attention, if not help dictate coverage downfield. Jay Cutler's input can help sway the decision to add another athlete. His most productive seasons in Denver with Marshall also featured Tony Scheffler as a No. 2 option (49 receptions, five touchdowns in Cutler's first season as a fulltime starter).

I think this would be a fantastic addition to Davis and Matt Spaeth. The size/speed combo could be pose a problem if the Bears move him around the field ala Jermichael Finley of the Packers.

5) TCU ILB, Tank Carder - This is a high motor player that would be a good addition for the Bears special teams, and his football IQ would allow him to back up at more than one LB spot.

As a rookie, Carder could be a valuable swing backup and begin the grooming process to eventually take over for Urlacher or Briggs. Carder's best pro comparison might be former Tampa Bay Buccaneers tackle machine Barrett Ruud (Seahawks), who had four straight seasons with 110-plus tackles in Tampa's cover-two before an injury-plagued 2011 in Tennessee.

He was more athletic than scouts thought he would be at the combine, where he ran a 4.69 40, and was a top performer in both shuttle runs and the 3-cone drill. He's projected to be a 4th or a 5th round pick, they have him as the 151st prospect, and the 5th ILB available.

What do you think Bears fans and who are some other lower tiered prospects you have your eye on?