May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Kyle Fuller (Virginia Tech) walks to the stage after being selected as the number fourteen overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Chicago Bears at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears 2014 Draft: Now What?

The first round is over. The Bears made their pick. It was a good pick, but the work is far from over in this draft. Tonight the second and third rounds of the draft will be held. The Bears have two more (for now) picks to help make the team a playoff contender. What will they do next?

The Bears have needs at defensive tackle and safety. I thought the Bears would go for Deone Bucannon in the second round, but he was chosen in the first. With the way the first round went, I expect there to be a run on defensive tackles. I expect about four to five of them to be taken in the second round.

I would look for the Bears to go after one of these players if they are available: RaShede Hageman, Caraun Reid or Justin Ellis.

In the third round, I would look for safety. Ahmad Dixon or Craig Loston at strong safety, or Terrence Brooks or Dion Bailey at free safety.

When it comes to Phil Emery and the draft, one should expect the unexpected. The Bears do need help at backup running back, so he might find one there in the third round. Terrance West and Lache Seastrunk, and Jeremy Hill are possible running back targets for the Bears.

After a solid pick in the first round, the Bears are looking to keep the momentum going. Emery is keeping things close to the vest when it comes to the draft, but he is starting to form a pattern. He likes to choose players who are tall for their positions, and on defense he loves players who can be flexible, with the ability to play multiple positions and multiple schemes. When trying to decide who the Bears will pick, keep some of those player aspects in mind.


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