Kiper Mock Draft 1.0: Chicago Bears 

January, 15, 2014
Jan 15
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Holding their highest first-round pick (No. 14) since 2008 on the heels of their worst season in three years, the Chicago Bears plan to freshen up the aging defense, which declined especially in 2013 after a rash of injuries.

The Bears allowed the most points (478) and total yards (6,313) in franchise history while consistently allowing opposing running backs to rip them to shreds. The club lost defensive tackles Henry Melton and Nate Collins to season-ending injuries in 2013, along with linebacker D.J. Williams, and all are set to be free agents as are defensive tackle Jay Ratliff and defensive end Corey Wootton, who is coming off hip surgery.

So look for the Bears to try to replenish the front seven. General manager Phil Emery said the 2014 Chicago defense will be younger and more disruptive than recent incarnations of the unit. So the most cap-friendly way to do it is through the draft.