NFL  > General NFL  > Chicago Bears:Phil Emery's First Draft
April 2, 2012, 02:57 PM
With free agency basically over it is April...NFL Draft month...I am satisfied with the changes that Phil Emery has made to the roster and hope that they use the same common sense approach towards the draft. Drafting 19th in the first round, any player that the Bears draft, will most likely not be a starter...So what we need out of this draft is depth, no project players...only players that will be able to contribute if they are called on.

If they use the same common sense approach, they will look for depth at these positions, and in no particular order.

Corner Back
Defensive End
Linebacker
Wide Receiver


If the Bears were to trade up, that player has to be an immediate impact player, my hope is that they trade up ann get Claiborne if he slips past number 5. The Bears need a shutdown corner plain and simple...the Packers are still going to score a lot of points, and the Bears need the ability to take one receiver out of the game.

Besides Claiborne there are only a few player that would be worth trading up for, like.

Matt Khalil
Quinton Coples
Luke Keuchly


I have said all along that the Bears needed to add 5 impact players to challenge.
So far they have added 4 impact players to the roster:

Eric Weems (special teams)
Micheal Bush
Jason Campbell
Brandon Marshall


The fifth must be this years first round pick, or the player that you trade that pick for. I would love to see the Bears get a draft correct for once...but this is just IMO.
Comment #1 has been removed
April 2, 2012  10:06 PM ET

WR first, OL second, defensive depth with every other pick. if it's any other way it's a bad draft

Comment #3 has been removed
April 2, 2012  10:53 PM ET

With Marshall, Bennett, Hester, Knox, Komar, Sanzenbacher, Thomas and Weems on the depth chart at W.R. I don't see the Bears draft a W.R. unless a prospect fall into their lap they feel they can't pass up. I understand Knox's playing status is up in the air but they still have 7 W.R's and usually they carry just 6 or have in the past.

I had hoped to see a L.T. as I'm not sold on Webb but taking into consideration the paring of Tice and Bates and their scheme compared to Martz's and I don't think Cutler will be the sitting duck he was under Martz. I see more roll outs and less 7 step drops and should take some pressure off the O-Line or less than they had in the past. Also taking into consideration Tice and Lovie going on record and saying they are happy with the O-Line as is and I think Emery takes them at their word.

I think this draft will be a defensive driven draft, I think the Bears feel they have addressed their offensive needs via free agency and should go D.E. or Cornerback in the early rounds and also have to consider the interior D-line as well. Especially if they lose Okoye in free agency. As it stands now at D.T. it's Melton and Miller and at N.T. it's Toeaina, Adams and Paea.

Just my opinion based on what I see on the team player wise and based on the free agent signings and past draft history. Even though the G.M. is different the G.M. still relies on the coaches input on their needs as far the players goes and Lovie is still the coach.

Comment #5 has been removed
Comment #6 has been removed
April 4, 2012  04:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

The Bears could go in many different ways...but this player can not be a project, he must able to fit in to the rotation, and be an impact player, a star player would be better, but if he is able to make a good impact...they will compete with the Packers.

The Bears defense is aging and their OL is weak. The Bears will compete with the Packers only if Green Bay fails to upgrade their defense.

Comment #8 has been removed
April 5, 2012  10:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

The Bears defense is aging and their OL is weak. The Bears will compete with the Packers only if Green Bay fails to upgrade their defense.

In the past several years the Bears have been better on defense and the Packers have been better on offense. I think the Bears have closed the gap offensively better the Packers have defensively, meaning I think the Bears have addressed their offensive needs via free agency and now look to get younger on defense via the draft.

Part of the O-Line problems IMO has been scheme related, not all but part as Martz's scheme is/was complicated in their protections. I believe under Tice and Bates we will see a difference and with the exception of Garza is fairly young with Carimi, Williams and Webb.

As far as aging defense Urlacher, Briggs and Peppers are getting older but still play at a higher level than most younger men do, I'll take a healthy 33 year old Urlacher, 32 year old Peppers and 31 year old Briggs over most of today's younger L.B.'s and D.E.'s in league any day. The key IMO is to draft some younger guys now and let them learn from these guys and eventually replace them when the time comes.

It's like Woodson is to you Packer fans he still plays at a high level even at 35 years old and pretty hard to just replace at the drop of hat. Along with that age comes experience and there is only one way to gain NFL experience.

April 5, 2012  11:06 AM ET

I still think the OL has to be significantly better to give Cutler more time to be effective. The Bears should consider trading Urlacher for some high draft picks to address this situation. He has started to show signs of decline but is still highly thought of by many NFL teams.

April 5, 2012  11:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

But you have failed to upgrade it so far, and we had caught on the offensive side...you have no running game at all...can't spin that any way you look at it.

The Packers do lack a running game but are still effective with their power passing attack. The Patriots and Packers are similar teams with the best offenses in their respective conferences. The Packers achilles heel is their defense which was exposed in last year's playoff game against the Giants. Let's hope they don't improve that unit.

April 5, 2012  10:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

The Packers do lack a running game but are still effective with their power passing attack. The Patriots and Packers are similar teams with the best offenses in their respective conferences. The Packers achilles heel is their defense which was exposed in last year's playoff game against the Giants. Let's hope they don't improve that unit.

In today's NFL you have to be a well balanced team in order to succeed, the Giants won last year due to being balanced. They have a good run game to go with a good passing attack and good defense, having just a "power passing attack" will only get a team so far. The year the Packers won the Superbowl they had a good defense and ran the bell well enough to keep defenses honest.

Comment #13 has been removed
Comment #14 has been removed
Comment #15 has been removed
Comment #16 has been removed
Comment #17 has been removed
Comment #18 has been removed
 
Comment #19 has been removed

Comment

Remember to keep your posts clean. Profanity will get filtered, and offensive comments will be removed.


Truth & Rumors

MOST POPULAR

  1. 1
    Clippers, Warriors exchange barbs
    Views
    867
    Comments
    436
  2. 2
    Time to penalize NHL's perennial losers?
    Views
    1245
    Comments
    274
  3. 3
    Report: Raiders to release Terrelle Pryor on Monday
    Views
    1426
    Comments
    59
  4. 4
    Will NFL owners blackball Donald Trump?
    Views
    1323
    Comments
    57
  5. 5
    Packers lovers have own dating site
    Views
    1138
    Comments
    45

SI.com

SI Photos