Bears must hit on defensive star in 2014 NFL Draft

Bears must hit on defensive star in 2014 NFL Draft
January 15, 2014, 7:45 pm
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CSN Staff

It's no secret that the Bears must use their first-round pick on defense in April's NFL Draft.

Early mock drafts have the Bears taking the likes of either Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix, Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or Minnesota defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman at No. 14.

Drafting a defensive player is a must. But with Phil Emery at the helm, will he make the right choice on defense?

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In two years as general manager of the Bears, Emery has selected Shea McClellin, Brandon Hardin, Isaiah Frey, Greg McCoy, Jon Bostic, Khaseem Greene and Cornelius Washington.

The list isn't too inspiring. Frey is penciled in as the Bears nickelback in 2014, McLellin is moving to linebacker, and there's still some promise for Bostic and Greene.

Hardin, a third-round pick in 2011, was released before ever playing a regular season game with Chicago.

The pressure will be on Emery to retool the defense through the draft and free agency this offseason.

The SportsTalk Live panel discussed the topic on Wednesday evening and you can watch the full video above.