The NFL Draft is this Thursday and this will be the third year that Phil Emery will be making draft selections as the general manager of the Chicago Bears.
In Emery’s first two years as general manager of the Bears, the team has drafted two projects with their two first round picks. In 2012, Emery selected Shea McClellin–a college linebacker that was going to be transitioned to being a defensive end in the NFL. In 2013, Emery selected offensive guard Kyle Long–Long rarely saw the field while playing with the Oregon Ducks in college.
McClellin has faltered in his first two seasons in the NFL as a defensive end thus the switch to the linebacker position that was announced this off-season. Long was selected to the Pro-Bowl as an alternate at the right guard position in his rookie campaign this past season.
Emery certainly is unpredictable when it comes to his selections in the NFL Draft. While speaking with reporters this past Thursday, Emery indicated that mock drafts should not be counted on when it comes to the Bears’ selection.
“Usually doesn’t happen that way, does it?” Emery said, laughing, after being told of the many mock drafts projecting Donald to the Bears. “So I wouldn’t count on that one. -Phil Emery, ESPN Chicago
Emery was responding to the fact that many mock drafts have the Bears selecting Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Though, without naming names, Emery did acknowledge that the Bears have six players targeted for their first round selection. Emery is hoping that at least 2 of those 6 players are available when the Bears pick and would be thrilled if 3 of those 6 players are available.
Despite the fact that many mock drafts have the Bears addressing the defensive line with their No.14 overall selection, many local reporters believe that the team will address the secondary in the first round. The Bears could stand to improve the depth at the cornerback position while also having a need for an impact safety.