The NFL Scouting Combine is taking place in Indianapolis this weekend and this has provided the first time since January for Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery to speak about the Bears plans for the off-season.
Emery was asked about trading down in the draft from the No.14 overall selection in the first round and the general manager indicated that the plethora of offensive prospects available at the No.14 slot may lead the team to trading down.
“It’s always difficult to trade down unless you’re willing to give up a lot of value, and we’re not going to do that,” Emery said. “We’re going to make sure there’s equal value. Unless we just see that that potential pick we’re getting out of the deal is going to be in a significant spot where we can make some good out of it. The depth is good, especially on offense. I’m sitting here at 14, there are going to be some really good offensive playmakers on the board.” -Phil Emery, ESPN Chicago
First and foremost, if Emery were to trade down from the No.14 overall selection in the first round then the trade would have to involve the Bears gaining an additional draft pick. Emery likely will not pull the trigger on a trade if it is simple pick-for-pick swap.
The Bears are rebuilding their defense. There is only one true way to rebuild a defense in the NFL. That way being through the draft. The Seattle Seahawks thrived in rebuilding their defense through the draft by hitting on multiple late-round selections. The Bears need to follow suit this off-season.
The chances are unlikely that the Bears will trade their first round selection. Emery is unpredictable on draft day but the holes on the Bears defense are too glaring. Meaning, if the Bears keep their first round selection, then there is no doubt that any defensive player they would potentially select will improve the defense.
Early projections have the Bears selecting Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan.