Would Trading Down be Smart?.................
Bears might be smart to trade down in draft
Acquiring extra picks could be beneficial for Emery
Dan Pompei On the NFL April 24, 2012
The way I see it, this draft isn't about acquiring one player who can push the Bears over the top. It's about acquiring a number of players who can help establish a foundation for the future.
The Bears have a solid core of veteran players who can compete for a Super Bowl. What they don't have is enough young players to make them as confident about tomorrow as they are about today. (Good point. We need to be adding talent and youth)
Trading up in the first round makes little sense. The talent will drop off considerably in this draft after the sixth pick. And there isn't much of a disparity between the talent from the seventh pick and the 50th pick. (I think this is a good and accurate point too)
What could make sense for the Bears is to trade down in the first round and acquire extra picks. Thanks to Phil Emery's moves with veterans, the Bears have enough flexibility that they are not locked into taking a player at one position. They can be reactive to the flow of the draft.
One need that should not be ignored early in the draft is defensive end. But there are enough good pass rushers that the Bears don't have to lock onto just one player. Take your pick from Whitney Mercilus, Courtney Upshaw, Shea McClellin, Nick Perry, Chandler Jones, Bruce Irvin, Vinny Curry or others. (Admittedly is more than one player who could help with this and a few will still be on the board after #19 has come and gone. It wouldn't be a shock to see us trade down)
The Bears need a draft like the Chiefs had in 2010 when they chose safety Eric Berry, running back Dexter McCluster, cornerback Javier Areas, guard Jon Asamoah, tight end Tony Moeaki and safety Kendrick Lewis.
And who was one of the architects of that draft? Phil Emery.
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