With the Bears' 2012 season over, the focus for Bears fans is now on the head coaching search (and the corresponding moves to the coaching staff), 2013 free agency (begins March 12th), and the 2013 NFL Draft (begins April 25th).

And with the end of the NFL season comes the release of many NFL mock drafts around the interwebs. You'll end up mocking mock drafts as much as you take them seriously, but it's still interesting to see the positions and players the draftniks think the Bears could take. And it's just a nice look at what prospects the draftniks think could be available when the Bears are set to pick at No. 20 in the first round.

Now, the mock drafts will change a lot in the next few months, especially after the NFL Combine, which begins February 20th. Some of the prospects that are highly regarded now could end up being mid-round selections, and there's a lot of prospects currently off the first-round radar that will greatly improve their stock after impressive performances at the Combine and workouts. Additionally, what teams do (or lose) in free agency in the month prior to the draft could change their draft needs.

But, for now, here's how some of the draftniks see the Bears going about their first round pick (and second round pick in a few instances):

Eat Drink And Sleep Football (1/7)

(1st Round) Eric Fisher (pictured above), OT, Central Michigan 
After Rodgers and Rivers, no player has been sacked more than Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (113) over the past three seasons combined. Cutler has played the fewest games in that trio, however, and averages more sacks per game than the other two. At 6-8 and 305 pounds, Fisher is the top senior left tackle prospect in this year's draft class and will be an immediate upgrade over J'Marcus Webb. 

(2nd Round) Kevin Minter, LB, LSU 
Minter led LSU in tackles (130) and tackles for loss (15.0) this season. Along with Georgia's Jarvis Jones and Alabama's C.J. Mosley, Minter was a first-team All-SEC selection this year.


NFL Future's Micheal Profetta (1/7)

(1st Round) Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma 
With the exception of Kansas City’s QB depth chart, there isn’t a positional unit in the NFL in more dire need of an upgrade than the Chicago offensive line. To put it simply, there isn’t a starting-caliber offensive lineman to be found on the roster. The situation has reached Code Red, folks. Unless they spend a fortune sprucing up the O-line during free agency, the Bears will have no choice but to draft O-linemen early and often. In this scenario, the choice comes down to Jonathan Cooper or Lane Johnson. Johnson’s potential to guard the blindside at the pro level gives him the “positional value” edge. 

Also considered: OG Jonathan Cooper…Could be considered the safest option on the board.

(2nd Round) Kyle Long, OG/OT, Oregon 


SB Nation (1/7)

Jonathan Cooper, Guard, North Carolina 
Jonathan Cooper is an impressive prospect. He is as athletic as any guard I've ever studied and would do wonders for a Bears offensive line that has struggled in recent years. This pick would make a lot of sense.


CBS Sports' Rob Rang (1/4)

Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
The Bears' offensive line is a mess and with little hope of getting better without reinforcements. Fisher isn't widely known by fans, but the 6-7, 305-pounder has ranked as NFLDraftScout.com's top senior offensive tackle for the past two months, boasting the athleticism and tenacity to emerge as a clear-cut top 20 prospect with a strong performance at the Senior Bowl.


Draft Season's Matt Falk (1/4)

Kevin Minter LB, LSU 
Brian Urlacher very well could have played his last season in Chicago. Even if he did return he is not the player he once was. Minter has great instincts for a linebacker and doesn’t shy away from the chance to lay a lick on opposing players.


Next Era NFL (1/4)

Barrett Jones, OG/C, Alabama 
The Bears need some help on the O-Line to let talented Quarterback Jay Cutler do his thing. Jones is a versatile talent that could help the Bears in a lot of areas along the line, when required.


Walter Football's Charlie Campbell (1/4)

(1st Round) Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
Chicago has missed out on the first-round left tackles, so the team can address its aging defense with this pick. Brian Urlacher's contract is running out, and the injuries are mounting as he's aging. The Bears need a long-term middle linebacker, and Ogletree would be a perfect replacement for the veteran.

Ogletree broke his foot in the 2011 season opener against Boise State and missed the next seven games. The sophomore really came on in the second half of the year. The 6-foot-3, 236-pounder produced 52 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks and two forced fumbles in the final seven games. He really stood out with big games against Georgia Tech, LSU and Michigan State. Ogletree had 34 tackles as a freshman in 2010.

The junior was suspended the first four games of this season. He had 111 tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks, one interception and five passes broken up after returning to the lineup.

Ogletree is very fast and instinctive. He has the frame to get bigger and stay as a middle linebacker in the NFL. Ogletree has a lot of upside and it isn't surprising that his stock has pushed into first-round consideration this year.

(2nd Round) Joseph Fauria, TE, UCLA 
The Bears badly need a receiving tight end who can exploit the middle of the field. Fauria (6-7, 255) is a quality receiving option as part of a tight end stable. His quickness, good route-running and good hands should let him be a nice part of a passing offense. Fauria is tremendous in the red zone. He had 45 receptions for 620 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012. Fauria is an improved blocker, but needs to continue to get better there. He was UCLA's second-leading receiver with 39 catches for 481 yards and six touchdowns in 2011. Fauria was a backup in 2010 after sitting out 2009 because he transferred in from Notre Dame.


CBS Sports' Dane Brugler (1/3)

Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
It seems like the Bears have had offensive line struggles for the past decade, recently releasing former first round tackle Chris Williams. Johnson is a former QB, TE and DE who is still growing at the offensive tackle position, but the upside is off the charts.


Draft Season's Nik Edlund (1/3)

DJ Fluker OT, Alabama 
The Bears offensive line continues to be a problem so their hand is forced and they reach a little for help.



Draft Season's Will Lomas (1/2)

Keenan Allen, WR, Cal 
Allen is an athletic WR who has been held captive by a bad quarterback and weak offensive system. Chicago NEEDS offensive linemen, but they have shown a tendency to pass on them in the past and this year doesn’t look like anything different. Allen will give defenses something to thing about other than Marshall and Cutler needs another outlet for the times he does go against VG cornerbacks.


Fox Sports' Peter Schrager (1/2)

Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan 
Jay Cutler was under duress just about every time he went back to pass this season. Six-foot-seven, 305 pounds, and downright nasty — Fisher would be an immediate upgrade over the offensive tackles currently employed in Chicago. The Bears won 10 games, but after a 7-1 start, the season ended in disappointment. They’ve got to rebuild the offensive line . . . again. Fisher’s a start.



Optimum Scouting (1/2)

Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina 
Whoever the new coach is, they’ll likely be clamoring for offensive line help. While there’s no offensive tackle value at this point in the draft (DJ Flucker/Justin Pugh are solid but would be reaches), the Giants could opt for a 1st round value at guard in Cooper.


Walter Football (1/2)

(1st Round) Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia 
It's sad to see the Brian Urlacher era come to an end. Urlacher will be a free agent after this season, but he was playing poorly anyway. The Bears will have to find a replacement this offseason - perhaps in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. They'll probably be interested in Alec Ogletree, who has been tremendous for Georgia this season. Ogletree is arguably the top prospect available.

(2nd Round) D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama 
If you've watched the Bears struggle to score over the past few weeks, you know that they need to find multiple upgrades for their struggling offensive line.



NFL Draft Net (1/1)

Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
The Bears have been trying to put a line together for years. Whoever the new coach is that comes into Chicago will have to look at giving Jay Cutler a chance, and that starts with protecting him. 

Previous: Jonathan Cooper


NFL's Future (1/1)

(1st Round) Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina 
The Bears need to take the best offensive lineman available. Cooper doesn’t get the love of Warmack or DeCastro but he may be their equal. He’s athletic with enough power to be effective in either a zone or power scheme. 

(2nd Round) D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama 
The Bears double up on the OL in the first two round. Fluker could take over the RT spot with Jon Cooper manning a starting guard spot. Now, they need a LT. Yeah, it’s that bad in Chicago. I think Carimi goes inside to guard or to the bench on a full time basis.


NFL Mocks (1/1)

Chance Warmack . Offensive Guard, Alabama
Warmack is arguably the best OL prospect in the draft, and there’s no question the Bears have to upgrade their offensive line drastically.


So, it appears there will be some solid offensive line prospects available when the Bears pick at No. 20, which is certainly good news, as the Bears obviously need a lot of help there.

I plan to frequently show what the mock drafts are saying as we lead up to the real draft, so make sure to keep checking back.

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