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Bears

Bears have options heading into draft

NFL draft prospects DJ Fluker, left, from Alabama, and Sheldon Richardson, of Missouri, sign autographs during their visit to the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, April 24, 2013.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NFL draft prospects DJ Fluker, left, from Alabama, and Sheldon Richardson, of Missouri, sign autographs during their visit to the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

CHICAGO – “And with the 20th pick in the first round of the NFL draft, the Chicago Bears select …”

Wait, you wanted us to finish that sentence?

Hang on until sometime after 9 p.m., and we should have an answer for you.

Then again, it’s possible that the Bears will trade down in the draft, and everyone will have to stay up past bedtime (or wait until Friday) for a selection.

Barring any trades, the Bears have the No. 20 overall pick in today’s first round. They also have a pick in the second round (No. 50) Friday, as well as selections in fourth round (No. 117), fifth round (No. 153) and sixth round (No. 188) Saturday.

As for the Bears’ third-round selection, that belongs to the Miami Dolphins because of the Brandon Marshall trade.

That deal worked out all right, we think.

Meanwhile, the Bears’ seventh-round selection bounced to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and then to the New England Patriots. Think of it as a hot-potato pick. Maybe it will change hands a few more times in the days ahead.

But what matters most is today’s first round. The Bears and every other team are allotted 10 minutes to make their selections, although some will decide faster.

In 2012, the first round finished in three hours on the nose. That equaled about 5 minutes and 37 seconds a pick, and if that pace holds true today, then the Bears should announce their selection at 9:15 p.m. or so.  

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