This time around is add interest to include possible trades that could go down once the 2014 NFL draft starts. There is no question the Chicago Bears have interest in doing just that. How might it affect their picks?
Round #1 – (trade with SF) Jason Verrett – CB – TCU
Using a quality wide receiver class, the Bears entice a trade with the pick-heavy 49ers to move down in exchange for an extra third round choice. When finally on the board again GM Phil Emery goes right after an area of need by taking cornerback Jason Verrett. The Bears have five corners becoming free agents next year. Verrett is undersized but a tough tackler who excels at playing the football. He is an excellent fit in their zone defense.
Round #2 – Will Sutton – DT – Arizona State
The defensive renovation continues. With Henry Melton and Nate Collins both free agents and coming off injuries, the Bears add help along the interior of their defensive line. Will Sutton is a bit undersized for an ideal defensive tackle, but scouts haven’t been able to ignore his pass rush ability. The Arizona product fires off the football and uses his hands and speed to gain leverage, then displays great burst to finish off a play.
Round #3 – Jimmy Garoppolo – QB – Eastern Illinois
Many experts believe at some point the Bears will take a quarterback with Jay Cutler an unknown quantity as his contract expires next year. They choose to bide their time and finally pounce in the third round. Jimmy Garoppolo comes from a small program at Eastern Illinois, but his abilities go beyond that. He’s big, smart, accurate and displays a quick release. Starting day one isn’t an option, but his upside is much higher than most picks this late.
Round #3 – (from SF) Scott Crichton – DE – Oregon State
“Upside” is one of the reasons why defensive end Scott Crichton won’t make it to the first round. His athleticism is limited, but nobody questions his motor and savvy ability to disrupt plays in the backfield. He’s an excellent leader on the field and just the guy a coach could want to push everybody else.
Round #4 – Bryan Stork – C – Florida State
Chicago has made due at center the past few years thanks to the tireless dependability of veteran Roberto Garza. Still, he turns 35 next year and the Bears have nobody behind him worth mentioning. So they decide to change that. Bryan Stork has the athletic potential to go higher but his lacking strength drops him down boards. Scouts view him as an ideal zone blocker because of his speed and quickness, which is the style Chicago plays.
Round #5 – Tevin Reese – WR – Baylor
One thing a team can never have enough of on the football field is speed. The Chicago Bears have a number of quality offensive weapons but what they don’t have much of is deep threat potential. Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery are mostly size mismatches. Tevin Reese is much more of a burner. Technically he is sloppy and raw, but in the right hands his obvious speed and acceleration can be deadly.
Round #6 – (from TB) – Keith McGill – CB – Utah
Taking two corners won’t come as a surprise at all for the Bears in the 2014 NFL draft. They need young bodies, and preferably talented ones. Keith McGill not only boasts rare size at 6’3″, his speed and athleticism allow him to excel in a zone defense. What has dropped him so far is injury problems. Too much of a risk early, but in the sixth round it is worth it.
Round #6 – Bryce Quigley – OT – San Diego State
Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer made a name for himself in New Orleans as a molder of offensive lineman, particularly late round picks. Keeping that in mind, Emery rounds out his draft by taking an interesting prospect out of San Diego State in Bryce Quigley. He came into football as a pass-catching tight end but played better as a blocker. His coaches soon moved him to left tackle where he has become a mainstay.
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