Emery's presser falls nothing short of impressive

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Emery's presser falls nothing short of impressive

Bears general manager Phil Emery addressed the media today to discuss his controversial decision to fire Lovie Smith and also provide perspective on what he is looking for in a new head coach for the Chicago Bears.

It was one of the most impressive, insightful, and informative breakdowns of a football team fans or media get the pleasure of experiencing. Emery took everyone on a well-detailed ride into the multiple variables that earned him his role as a general manager in the NFL.

Emery journeyed from one place to another; from the complexities of the draft to statistics gathered during free agency player ratings for team construction. The information he shared also included a brief tutorial on the checks and balances of the federal government in comparison to the synergy Emery believes is a vital quality between himself and the Bears' next head coach.

RELATED: No playoffs = no championship chances cost Smith his job

Overall, Emery gave everyone a glimpse into the fine-toothed comb of data collection in order to make informed sound decisions to build a championship-caliber football team. Getting to experience the leadership displayed by the Bears' top decision maker was a breath of fresh air. Emerys delivery was confident, sound, and fact based. He did not hide or run away from any tough question asked by the media.

In fact, at one point during the press conference, Emery encouraged them: I will stay here as long as you need to answer any questions. True to his word, he did just that.

There wasnt any aspect concerning the Bears that Emery did not cover, other than personal future player contracts. Instead, he preferred to keep that information between himself and the player.

But he did discuss extensively what he is looking for in a new head coach.

"The next head coach must display expertise to take all of the unique talents we have to build a championship team," Emery said, although he did not look to put the blame on Smith. "I needed to provide more talent. Put in on me."

But Emery did expect Smith and will hold his next head coach accountable to utilize the talents available.

They must have the knowledge and flexibility to transform talents we have into a winning formula for a championship team," the Bears GM said.

The Bears offensive failures played a huge part in Smiths dismissal, but Emery made it clear its not all about quarterback Jay Cutler.

There are 10 other guys where the coach much maximize their talent, Emery said before commenting on Cutler's future with the franchise. I am convinced of Jays talents as a franchise quarterback, but we must build around Jay.

Clearly Emerys next step for the Bears is to find a head coach who can adapt Cutlers talents towards winning a championship.

Bears' Leonard Floyd: 'Comfortable doing...anything' in 3-4 scheme

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Bears' Leonard Floyd: 'Comfortable doing...anything' in 3-4 scheme

Leonard Floyd was a jack of all trades as a defensive standout at Georgia. Those types of players too often don’t do any single thing well enough to make any mark at the NFL level. But the Bears, and Floyd, think he can in fact be a master of all.

“I played outside, played inside,” said Floyd on Thursday night. “And I also did a lot of three-point stance as well as two, so I’m pretty comfortable doing pretty much anything in the 3-4 scheme.”

The Bears plan to use him as an outside linebacker, rushing the passer for a team that had no rushman with more than Lamarr Houston’s eight sacks. What that bodes for Houston’s future in Chicago, as well as that of outside linebacker Willie Young, who playfully refused to use the “L” word (“linebacker”) when talking about himself, is cloudy at best.

[RELATED: How the Bears landed on Georgia's Leonard Floyd]

Neither Houston nor Young was particularly effective in pass defense but “I’m pretty good in coverage, did a lot in college, covered the tight end,” said Floyd, who was credited with three passes defensed, same as Young, in 2015. “I feel like I’ll be fine at the next level.”

The Bears have no plans to set a heavier weight target beyond the 240’s that Floyd checked in at during the NFL Scouting Combine.

“The last thing you want to do is bulk this guy up and then you’re taking away what he does best,” said Bears GM Ryan Pace. “You see some guys put on too much weight too fast and they look stiff and they lose some of that twitch that makes them a special player. We’ve got to do it the right way. I’ve got a lot of confidence in our strength and conditioning coaches, our sports science director Jen Gibson, to get Leonard at an optimal playing weight to maximize his talent.”

But “I definitely want to add more mass to my body,” Floyd said. “I know Chicago has some of the best coaches in the league, they’re going to coach me up hard, and I’m excited to learn...

“I want to add more power to my pass-rush to go with my speed. That’s a thing I need to learn and pick up in the league.”

Germain Ifedi Seattle Seahawks NFL Draft Profile

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Germain Ifedi Seattle Seahawks NFL Draft Profile

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 150 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Germain Ifedi (OL), Texas A&M

6’6” | 324 lbs.

Selection:

1st Round, 31st overall by Seattle Seahawks

Scouting Report:

"It wasn't long ago scouts were beating up former Texas A&M tackle Cedric Ogbuehi about a disappointing season before he went 21st overall in the draft even with a torn ACL. NFL scouts see Ifedi as a guard, but a team may decide to try him at tackle before moving him inside. Ifedi has the tools and traits to become a good NFL offensive linemen if he can avoid the leaning and lunging that plagues him. A move inside combined with NFL coaching could unlock Ifedi's high ceiling." - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Check out NBC Sports' complete 2016 NFL Draft coverage here.

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Recapping the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft

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Recapping the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft

Thursday night's first round of the NFL Draft was full of surprises, including UCLA linebacker Myles Jack going undrafted. Here's a recap of the first 31 picks in this year's NFL Draft.

1. Los Angeles Rams (via Tennessee): Jared Goff, QB, California

2. Philadelphia Eagles (via Cleveland): Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

3. San Diego Chargers: Joey Bosa, DL, Ohio State

4. Dallas Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

6. Baltimore Ravens: Ronnie Stanley, OL, Notre Dame

7. San Francisco 49ers: DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon

8. Tennessee Titans (via Cleveland): Jack Conklin, OL, Michigan State

9. Chicago Bears (via Tampa Bay): Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

10. New York Giants: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Chicago): Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

12. New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Rankins, DL, Louisville

13. Miami Dolphins (via Philadelphia): Laremy Tunsil, OL, Ole Miss

14. Oakland Raiders: Karl Joseph, DB, West Virginia

15. Cleveland Browns (via Tennessee): Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

16. Detroit Lions: Taylor Decker, OL, Ohio State

17. Atlanta Falcons: Keanu Neal, DB, Florida

18. Indianapolis Colts: Ryan Kelly, OL, Albama

19. Buffalo Bills: Shaq Lawson, DL, Clemson

20. New York Jets: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

21. Houston Texans (via Washington): Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

22. Washington Redskins (via Houston): Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

23. Minnesota Vikings: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

24. Cincinnati Bengals: William Jackson III, DB, Houston

25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Artie Burns, DB, Miami

26. Denver Broncos (via Seattle): Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

27. Green Bay Packers: Kenny Clark, DL, UCLA

28. San Francisco 49ers (via Kansas City): Joshua Garnett, OL, Stanford

29. Arizona Cardinals: Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss

30. Carolina Panthers: Vernon Butler, DL, Louisiana Tech

31. Seattle Seahawks: Germain Ifedi, OL, Texas A&M