NFL Draft: Bears taking a quarterback seems unlikely
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter May 1, 2014 8:59PM
Updated: June 3, 2014 6:40AM
The seemingly intriguing idea of pairing coach Marc Trestman with a rookie quarterback doesn’t appeal to general manager Phil Emery.
“I’m more intrigued with how Marc matches up with Jay [Cutler], Jordan [Palmer] and [practice-squad quarterback] Jerrod [Johnson],” Emery said Thursday. “We’ve got three guys that all have traits that can continue to be developed.
“You look at Jordan and Jerrod, they’re both 6-5, they both have good arm strength, they’re both intelligent, they both work extremely hard at being a very positive part of the team.”
Emery has said that there’s value in drafting quarterbacks nearly every year, but his own research suggests that if not’s done early, it’s not worth it.
“There isn’t a single quarterback after the third round since  that has been a long-term starter,” he said. “So you’re developing [third-stringers], and most of them have been wiped out of the league. So to get a quality quarterback, you’ve got to draft them high.”
Emery said he has fielded calls from teams looking to trade up in the draft and that his staff is “figuring out the scenarios of what works in terms of how far down we could go” from their No. 14 pick. Trading down comes with the risk of missing a targeted player.
“If you don’t have that number of players that you feel good about, you shouldn’t trade,” Emery said.
With a team still needed for HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” Emery said he would accept the NFL’s decision to feature the Bears, if selected.
But Emery remains opposed to being part of the series, suggesting other markets would benefit more.
“There’s a number of teams that don’t have as much attraction,” he said. “Obviously, this is a tremendous, historic franchise.”