The Bears dont have a general manager in place but they already have their first-round draft choice. At least according to one early mock draft (and you thought Christmas decorations went up early?).
Andrew Perloff over at Sports Illustrated and working with The Dan Patrick Show on Comcast SportsNet, predicts the Bears at No. 19 will take Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd. Floyd comes with both the size and speed the Bears covet as a playmate for Jay Cutler.
The NFL seems to have trouble evaluating Notre Dame products, Perloff writes, but Floyd fits the mold of the tall, fast receiver the Bears need.
Both prognosticators over at CBSSports.com have the Bears taking Floyd as well.
Floyd is developing into the second wideout being taken, behind only Justin Blackmon from Oklahoma State. Consensus has Blackmon gone within the first five picks.
Wide receivers within the first 20 picks of the first round were never high on Jerry Angelos code of draft conduct, and that would apply to Tim Ruskell, Angelos long-time colleague in many drafts.
No doubt the draft philosophies will be among the first topics of discussion when President Ted Phillips interviews Ruskell, Phil Emery, Jason Licht, Jimmy Raye and Marc Ross within the next week or so.