By D.J. Wanberg
The NFL Draft starts soon and Bears fans only have a short time left to ponder who the team's first-round pick will be.
There's been a lot of media talk and ink devoted to how great it would be if Chicago picked local son Rashard Mendenhall of Illinois.
The Bears do need a running back. Cedric Benson isn't exactly racking up the frequent runner yardage. But I don't think it will happen.
First, Mendenhall will likely be gone by the time Chicago picks at 14 and two, I don't consider Bears management smart enough to admit they made a mistake in picking Benson. And picking Mendenhall would be admitting a mistake.
And the Bears need help with an aging and increasingly ineffective o-line.
Boise State's Ryan Clady likely won't be around by No. 14 and there's a good chance that will happen to Virginia's Branden Albert.
But from what I have read and heard is that Vanderbilt's Chris Williams should still be around and the Bears need to take the 6-feet, 6-inch, 309-pound tackle.
He has the most upside of any OL that should be around that time except he can be too much of a finesse player at times and needs to work on his strength.
But it's the right pick to make.