One of several general managers conducting pre-draft press conferences today, Bears general manager Phil Emery spoke to reporters at Halas Hall about the team’s approach to next week’s draft and a few other topics. Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune and Brad Biggs (via Twitter) passed along several of the highlights from the Bears GM, so let’s dive in and round them up (all subsequent links go to Twitter)….
- The Bears have identified six players they’d be happy to take with their No. 14 pick, and Emery says he’d be happy if two were available, and “ecstatic” if three were still on the board.
- Even in that scenario though, the Bears haven’t ruled out the possibility of moving down if the right opportunity materializes. “We’ve gotten some calls,” Emery said. “Other than working with our staff and our scouts on refining and fine-tuning our selection of players that we feel will be available in particular areas of the draft, we’re also working very hard at figuring out the scenarios of what works in terms of how far down we could go.”
- On the other hand, a trade up from No. 14 doesn’t seem likely for the Bears, according to Emery, who says the cost would be “expensive” and would only make sense if there was a player who would make a “dynamic difference” for the team.
- The Bears don’t seem overly enthused about drafting a quarterback in the late rounds, with Emery suggesting he doesn’t believe in finding “development” QBs late. The GM feels comfortable heading into the season with Jordan Palmer as the No. 2 signal-caller behind Jay Cutler.
- Considering Chicago certainly won’t be taking a quarterback in the first round, Emery is hoping at least three QBs are off the board by the time the Bears pick, and thinks at least two will be gone.
- The Bears are evaluating whether a number of cornerback prospects in this year’s class could play safety.
- Unlike some others, Emery is very much enjoying the extra two weeks between free agency and the draft this year: “I love it. I have heard reports of people complaining about it. I don’t know what they’re complaining about.”