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Offensive draft options for the Bears

The NFL draft is just seven weeks from Thursday and, with the most exciting portions of free agency in the bag, it's time to really begin directing focus on the draft. The Bears are expected, and should, draft defense with at least their first four picks. After that though, as the talent of the prospects drops, it's possible the Bears take a flyer on some offensive talent.

There's little doubt that the Bears need to boost the talent on the defensive side of the football. The Bears have needs at DT, S, CB, and arguably even DE. General Manager Phil Emery should not strongly consider looking to the offensive side of the ball before day three of the draft (rounds 4-7) unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as an incredible offensive player falling into the team's lap.

A team should not just focus on one side of the ball, though, and by day three - as the prospect rankings become more even - the Bears could decide to fill some holes on the offensive side of the football.

The Bears do not need any offensive starters, but there are some areas of depth that the team should be looking to fill on Saturday, the draft's final day.

The Bears still need a back up running back; whether that back becomes the no. 2 behind Matt Forte or the no. 3 behind Forte and Michael Ford is debatable, but they need a third back. Tight end could use some shoring up behind Martellus Bennett, Dante Rosario and Fendi Onobun.

They could also look for a developmental offensive lineman, mainly for center and tackle.

It's also not at all outside the realm of possibilities that the Bears take a flier on a QB in the last two rounds of the draft, whether as a possible developmental prospect or just to put some heat on Jordan Palmer and any other veteran the Bears bring to Bourbonnais.

These are not pressing and it would be fine if the Bears passed on some of these positions in favor of picking through the street free agents, or addressing them in the pool of undrafted players following the draft. These are just positions that would benefit from depth, young talent, and competition.

Who are some names that the Bears could be looking at to fill these areas? Here are names of three players who are likely to be day three picks (Links to scouting reports):

Center: Brian Stork, Florida State ( compares him to former Aaron Kromer project Brian De La Puente), Corey Linsley, Ohio State, Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma

Quarterback: Tajh Boyd, Clemson, James Franklin, Missouri Brett Smith, Wyoming

Running back: Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona, Terrance West, Towson, Andre Williams, Boston College

Tight end: Xavier Grimble, USC, A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State, Arthur Lynch, Georgia

Wide receiver: Bruce Ellington, South Carolina, T.J. Jones, Notre Dame, DeVante Parker, Alabama

Which offensive positions would you be OK with the Bears drafting in the late rounds? Which prospects do you have your eye on?