Five keys to Bears’ draft decisions
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org
20. Chicago Bears (projected trade) – Houston Texans: Cordarrelle Patterson (WR), Tennessee: GM Phil Emery finds a trade partner with an extra third-round pick, and the Texans strike to grab a big receiver before the receiver-needy Rams and Vikings.
5 KEYS TO THE BEARS’ DRAFT DECISIONS
1Trade talk: General manager Phil Emery put the ‘‘For Sale’’ sign on the No. 20 pick weeks ago. There already have been trade talks, and there will be even more Thursday. The Bears only have five picks. Emery would like some more. But don’t rule out a trade up if they see someone they like. ‘‘If there’s someone where we’re close, and . . . we know the guy that we’ve really targeted that could make a significant difference for us is sitting in front of us at one pick and the team in front of us is looking at the same guy in the same position, would I pull the
trigger? Absolutely,’’ Emery said.
2The flexibility: The free-agent
signings of left tackle Jermon Bushrod, tight ends Martellus
Bennett (right) and Steve Maneri, linebackers D.J. Williams and James Anderson and guard Matt Slauson have balanced out the Bears’ needs. ‘‘It allows us to look at all the positions for each and every pick,’’ Emery said.
3The strengths: Here’s Emery in his own words: ‘‘There are strong positions in this draft. I would say those positions are corner, safety — there’s a number of starters in those two positions — defensive line [and] offensive line. I would say that the tight ends and the wide receivers are above-average. I would say that the running backs and quarterbacks are average.’’
4A young QB? Emery said he’d like to select a quarterback every year if he has the picks to do so. Jay Cutler’s contract status doesn’t matter, either. But it would be a major surprise if the Bears take one in the early rounds. ‘‘Obviously, I don’t see that you can have a winning franchise and a
championship franchise without a high-quality quarterback, so you want to give yourself as many chances as possible,’’ Emery said. ‘‘They’re also very valuable from a trade perspective.’’
5Trestman factor: The Bears are transforming into an offensive-minded team under coach Marc Trestman. He wasn’t overly involved in the Montreal Alouettes’ personnel
decisions, but it sounds as though he has been with the Bears. ‘‘I’ve been in every meeting, sat next to Phil in every meeting,’’ Trestman said. ‘‘I’ve listened to all the
reports of the scouts, and our coaches have spent most of the time by position with myself and Phil and whatever scouts are assigned to those players.’’
Adam L. Jahns