Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Latest Chicago Bears Interviews Unveil 2014 NFL Draft Keys

For months fans have sat by and wondered what the Chicago Bears have planned for the 2014 NFL draft.  Slowly but surely they are getting some answers.

Phil Emery states the medical history and evaluations are key

The only predictable thing about Phil Emery through two years as team general manager is that he’s unpredictable.  Indeed despite a rather fresh approach of honesty and openness, to a point of course, the veteran front office man keeps finding ways to surprise fans and experts alike.  So with the draft in May approaching fast, the time has come again for him to ask questions about his philosophy regarding the scouting combine and what he looks for at the event and what he values the most.  Normally it would be the standard answers but there was one comment the GM made that should be circled very carefully.  Emery stated that above anything else he thinks medical history and evaluations are one of the most vital pieces to the scouting process.  It is highly important that a team has a complete idea of where the health is for a given prospect, regardless of their past accomplishments and future potential.  It’s not a big revelation but one that warrants careful examination.  Aside from one or two exceptions Emery has stuck to this doctrine and it could help narrow down the pool of prospects on the short list for May.

Louis Nix and Dominique Easley might not make the cut

Chicago has needs all across their defensive depth chart but most experts agree that their biggest issues lay on the defensive line, particularly the tackle positions.  Nearly every mock draft of any notoriety has the Bears taking a defensive tackle in the first round.  The two most popular names to come up in recent weeks are FloridaState standout Timmy Jernigan and Notre Dame middle man Louis Nix.  Jernigan has few health issues of note aside from his rather unusual disappearance for a stretch during the national championship game, later explained to be illness related.  On the other hand Nix didn’t have the best 2013 and a source of the problem was tied to some troubles with his knee that required surgery.  Given his 340-lbs frame, problems with the lower extremities warrants careful examination.  Then there is Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley.  Scouts considered him one of, if not THE best lineman in the country early in the season until his suffered his second torn ACL injury.  Despite such obvious skill and promise those injuries are going to give many teams pause.  It’s safe say that based on his comments, those two players can be safely crossed off the list for the 2014 NFL draft in a few months.

Thus the Chicago Bears plan becomes a little clearer.

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  • FJ doreza

    I have been saying for months that the Bears NEED a player like Aaron Donald. Besides the obvious numbers in the combine, his tackles, sacks and TFL’s are so far and above that it makes no sense to say his size is and issue when actually it is his advantage. OL can’t get their hands on him and his swim moves and hand work are among the best in the league. He looks like a pro playing college ball. His tree trunk legs give him the power and leverage to anchor and his upper body strength is epic. No one come off the snap quicker, gets in the backfield faster, more often than Aaron Donald. I was hoping that no one would want him because of his size but the most appealing thing about him is his humility and his desire to improve at the next level. IF the Bears see him at 14 it would be plain stupid to pass him up. The other player I love who has the versatility, athleticism and is a bonafide playmaker is Kyle Van Noy. He would give the Bears the Bears an edge rusher, a pass defender and the next middle linebacker to replace Briggs. He is smart and a student of the game and the fact he could have come out last year but instead opted to finish college says a lot about this guy. No one is a more skilled and complete LB that can play any position. His size and length are optimal, he makes one handed and perfect form tackles. He is fundamentally sound and doesn’t need to learn the position and could start right now for the Bears. Kareem Martin is the DE that can do everything well. He has the size and arm length that are ideal for his position and is a tick slower than Clowney but I argue he is far more consistent and versatile. 4. Craig Loston or Ed Reynolds, both solid, big time hitters who have good size at 6’2″ and very good speed. Both are big playmakers and solid in the run and pass defense. 5 I would love to see the Bears get the best QB that no one is talking about, Zach Mettenberger. I know, and scouts know, just how great this kids arm is. He can make all the tough passes with accuracy, velocity and touch. I can envision him passing high point and back shoulder throws to our tall wide outs. LSU has a similar offense to the Bears who are a team that establishes the run first and doesn’t need to have Zach throwing the ball around like Manziel and have 400yd passing games. The game LSU vs A&M solidified my feelings about the overrated Manziel and overlooked Mettenberger. Zach would be a great kid for Trestman to groom as he heals. 6. Two picks, will Stanley Jean Baptiste or Todd Gurley be around? The Bears need to fill Bush’s role and possibly Devin’s and Gurley who has the power and speed of a train would be a great choice. Todd is one of the most underrated backs and no one seems to have him on their top 10 or 15 list. Watch his highlight film and you will see a RB than can run up the middle with power as well as having a surprising burst to take it around the edge. If Anthony Joshnson or Ed Stinson are around I would also consider them.7.Either a big powerful center that excels at run blocking or the best punter available. As I think their is depth at defensive back or safety, there could be some nice finds in the UFA’s. But honestly, I would rather the Bears spend money to pick up solid veterans at DB or SS.

    • Erik Lambert

      If that’s the case then keep an eye on names like Antoine Bethea, Sam Shields, Captain Munnerlyn, Chris Clemons and Roman Harper.