The Bears finally have the big, game-changing wide receiver they’ve needed in Brandon Marshall.
They have a backup quarterback in Jason Campbell who is good enough to start for a lot of NFL teams.
By re-signing Israel Idonije, Kellen Davis, Tim Jennings and Craig Steltz they have solidified themselves at defensive end, tight end, cornerback and safety, respectively. They really haven’t upgraded those spots, but they’ve done enough to keep them from being weaknesses next season.
It should be obvious now what the Bears need to do with their 19th overall pick in the draft: They should use if to select Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus, who led the nation last season with 16 sacks. Because they re-signed Idonije, the Bears wouldn’t have to rely on Mercilus playing every down. He could focus on rushing the passer, which is what he does best and what the Bears need most.
If Mercilus is gone, the pick has to be a left tackle to protect Jay Cutler’s blind side, and Ohio State’s Mike Adams could step into the Bears’ lineup on Day One and provide an upgrade.