Former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo spoke often of “traits” sought in evaluations of draft picks. Sometimes they were there, sometimes they weren’t, and that was in the ones the Bears chose, as it turned out.
Current Bears general manager Phil Emery also seeks traits, one in particular as a general target: “If I had my druthers, bigger would be better,” Emery said. “And we’re a little bit orientated that way, but we’re not going to pass up dynamic players regardless of their size.”
Indeed, despite picks like Shea McClellin (short for a defensive end at 6-foot-3, and now a linebacker anyway), Jonathan Bostic and Khaseem Greene at 6-foot-1, and undersize and failed tight end/fullback Evan Rodriguez at 6-foot-2, the perception is that Emery seeks out “bigs.”
Kevin Clark out at the Wall Street Journal made a run-through of what he saw as tendencies for all 32 teams. His take on the Bears:
“GM Phil Emery loves tall players, having selected wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Marquess Wilson, both above 6-foot-3, as well as 6-foot-3 safety Brandon Hardin.”