An attempt to identify Bears GM Phil Emery’s ‘Lucky 7’
By Mark Potash firstname.lastname@example.org April 25, 2012 9:02PM
PASADENA, CA - DECEMBER 6: Nick Perry #8 of the USC Trojans walks on the sideline against the UCLA Bruins on December 6, 2008 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. USC won 28-7. (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)
1. NICK PERRY
DE, USC: Doesn’t have the monster numbers (though his 91/2 sacks led the Pac-12 last year), but has the quick burst you need in a pass rusher, he excelled in a defense similar to the Bears’ and he’s a run-stopper with pass rush ability.
Updated: May 28, 2012 8:59AM
Bears general manager Phil Emery says he’s targeting ‘‘about seven players’’ for the 19th pick of the NFL draft Thursday. I’m not quite well-versed in Emery-speak yet, but my intuition tells me it’s his way of giving us something to chew on for a few days. In other words, it means little to nothing.
That said, I’ll take the bait. Without having been in on any of the Bears’ pre-draft discussions, it’s hard to tell how they think or what the parameters are of the target list. Does it include South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who, according to my sources, would be a near-perfect fit for the Bears’ defense but is generally considered to be long gone by No. 19? Does it include Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, who doesn’t fill a priority need and isn’t likely to be available but would be tough to pass up if he drops, as some suspect he might?
With that in mind, here’s an educated guess on the seven players who should be on the list, with the likelihood of them being on the board at 19 being the biggest factor: