Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Jeremiah on Chicago Bears' 2014 NFL draft needs

The Chicago Bears own the No. 14 pick in the 2014 NFL draft after the Bears blew their season finale against the Green Bay Packers and NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah offers his insight as to where general manager, Phil Emery could be looking when May’s draft rolls around.

“The Bears’ defensive line has been ravaged by injuries this season and they need to add some youth to the position. Finding an upgrade at the safety position should also be a focal point in this draft.”

In addition to defensive line help and at the safety position, Jeremiah thinks the interior of the offensive line is one of the team’s three biggest needs.

Roberto Garza and Matt Slauson started all 16 games at center and left guard, respectively and Slauson is a safe bet to be resigned after signing a one-year contract in the offseason. At 27 years old he could command a multi-year deal.

Garza, however is 34 and showed signs of decline this season. The drafting of a center would make a lot of sense for the team looking for a young pivot, but considering the value of the position and glaring holes elsewhere, taking one before the fourth round is remote.

Anyone who has watched the Bears this season knows defensive end, defensive tackle and safety are all possibilities for the Bears when they’re on the clock at 14.

If Jay Cutler is not resigned, then you have to include quarterback in that mix as well, but I’m of the mindset that drafting the best player available regardless of need is the best approach.

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