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Bears still considering options with OL Williams

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By Dan Parr

One of the decisions facing the Bears is where to play their 2008 first-round pick, Chris Williams. He has played both tackle positions and started 11 games at left guard last season, but he hasn't excelled at any spot. Head coach Lovie Smith, who met with the media Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, was asked where he expects Williams to be playing in ’11.

"I'll just say that we have a few options, a few directions we can go," Smith said. "Chris has played both tackle positions, has played guard for us. Might've played a little center in college. We don't have to make those decisions right now. We just know that Chris is a part of our future and (we'll) lock him into a position, maybe the one he's in right now. (Offensive line coach) Mike Tice did a super job molding an offensive line this past year and I'm anxious to see as we continue to talk on exactly where we end up playing him."

Smith clearly didn't want to reveal it if he's leaning toward playing Williams in a certain spot, as Williams' position might not be determined until after the draft. Re-signing C Olin Kreutz and finding help on the offensive line are priorities for GM Jerry Angelo. The Bears reportedly held meetings with top O-line prospects Anthony Castonzo (Boston College) and Mike Pouncey (Florida) on Friday morning. Castonzo is PFW draft expert Nolan Nawrocki's highest-rated offensive tackle prospect and Pouncey is considered one of the best guard prospects in this year's class.

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