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The Chicago Bears are hoping to surround quarterback Justin Fields with the pieces the former Ohio State star needs to improve on a shaky rookie season.

A cornerback to start against Jaylon Johnson would also help.

When it comes to the draft, there are a number of directions new GM Ryan Poles could go. He just doesn’t have many choices at the moment.

The Bears are without a first round after sending him to the New York Giants last year to move to Fields. And unless there’s a trade, they won’t pick until Day 2 on April 29.

Chicago has two second-rounders at 39th and 48th overall, to go with one each in the third (71) and sixth (186) rounds and a pair in the fifth (148, 150). And Poles has a big task ahead as he attempts to turn around a struggling franchise.

The Bears went 6-11 last season and missed the playoffs for the ninth time in 11 years. This convinced chairman George McCaskey to make big changes, so he fired former general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy and replaced them with the Poles and Matt Eberflus.

The Poles have been busy revamping the roster, with its biggest blow being the trade that sent star pass thrower Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers. His most notable free agent signing was a three-year deal with former Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi, who was wiped out due to physical failure.

The repechage is another important moment for the Poles.

TO START

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay estimates six or seven receivers will be selected in the first round and about 20 could make it to the first three. But don’t necessarily expect the Bears to pick one with their first pick or two.

McShay asked the Bears to take Texas A&M offensive lineman Kenyon Green as their first pick in a mock draft.

“And that was the value because Kenyan Green is a player who could go in the first round,” McShay said.

ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has Chicago with Washington cornerback Kyler Gordon at 39 and Tulsa offensive lineman Tyler Smith at 48, though he doesn’t rule out the Bears take a receiver in the second round.

“Wide receiver depth could allow the Bears to get some really good players in the third through fifth rounds,” Kiper said. “That’s going to be the thing – which receiver, what the rating is, in conjunction with the corner or the offensive lineman will determine who those picks are.”

GRANTED

Although the defense ranked sixth overall last season and third against the pass, Chicago finished 29th in interceptions with eight. Johnson is the only cornerback with a safe starting job.

Kindle Vildor, who made 12 starts in his second season but struggled, could be in contention with second-year pro Thomas Graham Jr. The Bears have signed Tavon Young to fill a cornerback role. But they could still use some help in the draft.

The athletic and hard-hitting Gordon, who was a first-team All-Pac-12 last season, could be an option at 39.

“Gordon has ability,” Kiper said. “There is no doubt. He showed a lot of talent.”

TO CATCH

If the Bears go for a second-round receiver, Kiper and McShay see Skyy Moore of Western Michigan, Alec Pierce of Cincinnati and George Pickens of Georgia as potential options. McShay also mentioned North Dakota State’s Christian Watson.

“Wide receiver is definitely a position they need,” McShay said. “And there is depth.”

Although Darnell Mooney had 1,055 yards for Chicago last season, Allen Robinson was a distant second among wide receivers with 410 after consecutive seasons with over 1,100. And he’s now with the Los Angeles Rams after accepting a three-year contract.

The Bears have since added Byron Pringle, who had 568 yards for Kansas City last season. But another playing receiver could go a long way in helping their quarterback grow.

Fields threw more interceptions (10) than touchdown passes (seven) to go with an unimpressive 73.2 passer rating in what was supposed to be something of a redshirt season for him until that Andy Dalton was injured in Week 2. And the Chicago offense ranked among the NFL. worse.

NO FIRST ROUND

The Bears are in familiar territory with no first-round picks. It would be the third time in four years that they had none.

The Bears traded their 2019 and 2020 first-rounders to the Oakland Raiders as part of the trade for Mack just before the start of the 2018 season.

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