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Who will Bears draft with their No. 1 pick?  Defensive end Nick Perry is likely high their list. Click

Who will the Bears draft with their No. 1 pick? Defensive end Nick Perry is likely high on their list. Click through the gallery to see the seven players they might be targeting.

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Updated: April 26, 2012 9:50AM

Bears GM Phil Emery says he’s targeting ‘’about seven players’’ for the 19th pick of the first round of the NFL draft Thursday. I’m not quite well-versed in Emery-speak yet, but my intuition tells me it’s Phil’s way of giving us something to chew on for a few days before the draft. In other words, it means little to nothing.

That said, I’ll take the bait. Without having been in on any of the Bears’ pre-draft discussions, it’s hard to tell how they think or what the parameters are of the target list. Does it include South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who according to my sources would be a near-perfect fit for the Bears’ defense but is generally considered to be long gone by No. 19? Does it include Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, who doesn’t fill a priority need and isn’t likely to be available but would be tough to pass up if he drops as some suspect he might?

With that in mind, here’s an educated guess on the seven players who should be on the list, with the likelihood of them being on the board at 19 being the biggest factor:

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