Board breaks right for Bears

Board breaks right for Bears

April 25, 2013, 10:15 pm
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General manager Phil Emery went into the 2013 draft looking to trade down and add a pick or two. He didn’t, because while the Bears did receive calls from other teams, there was nothing offered that caused Emery to waver from his draft board.

“He was the player we had targeted,” Emery said, adding that the Bears were still open to dealing down in the second round. “He had to be gone for us to move off of (No. 20).”

The draft broke well in front of the Bears as several surprise picks went before their turn, picks of players that were not high on the team board or at positions they sought. Specifically, quarterback E.J. Manuel from Florida State (No. 16 to Buffalo) and Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden (No. 12 to Oakland).

Add to that the tsunami of offensive linemen – six in the first 11 picks – in addition to three defensive ends in the first six picks – and the draft was playing out to leave highly regarded linebackers and cornerbacks on the board.

The San Francisco 49ers traded up to No. 18 to select LSU safety Eric Reid, another position not in the Bears’ day one draft plan. When the New York Giants chose Syracuse tackle Justin Pugh, another player the Bears were not taking at 20, the door was open for Emery to get the player that fills a very specific hole in the starting lineup.