Eben Britton: A Better Choice for the Bears at Pick 18 Than Heyward-Bey

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Published: March 21, 2009


... fan circles across Chicago.

And then he ran a 4.3 40-yard dash at the NFL combine.  The buzz grew.

Without question, Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey has been at the top of NFL Draft wishlists for a vast majority of Bears fans across Chicagoland.

After a year of Brandon Lloyd, Marty Booker, and Rashied Davis, the casual Bears fan does not even want to consider any position other than wide receiver in round one.  They just don't.  And many feel that simply drafting Chris Williams at pick 14 last year is reason enough to completely ignore the team's other glaring need: an offensive tackle.

Granted, a receiver is a much more flashy pick than a lineman.  What do you think the jersey sales for Eugene Monroe will look like when compared to that of Michael Crabtree? But forget the glitz and glamour.  The Chicago Bears are in a much worse situation on their exterior offensive line than they are wide receiver.



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