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Chicago Bears narrow first-pick options at No. 14 to six players
The debates at Halas Hall have another week to rage on, but Bears general manager Phil Emery said he and his staff have narrowed their list to six possible players as far as options for their 14th overall selection in the draft.
“Yeah, every day we keep narrowing it in terms of defining who that group is,” Emery said Thursday at Halas Hall. “I’d be happy that two out of the six were on the board at our pick, and I’d be ecstatic if three out of the six were on the board at our pick.”
Who those players are remains an in-house secret. But with big needs at defensive tackle and safety, one could presume that first-round prospects such as Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Louisville safety Calvin Pryor and Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix are on their short list.
“Specifically, in terms of the draft, you’re always looking for players who can contribute immediately, especially at the top end of the draft,” Emery said.
Emery highlighted the offensive positions in this year’s draft, which is May 8-10, saying it is strong “in terms of depth and value as far as its quality.” He only really ruled out one offensive position for the first round — a quarterback.
“It’s always possible, but I would say it’s improbable,” Emery said of taking a quarterback in the first round.
Emery actually hopes that a run on quarterbacks occurs early in the first round, which would push more of his targeted players back to him at No. 14.
“I hope three [get taken before No. 14],” Emery said. “That’s my wish. If somebody wants to take a fourth one, that would be great. I would think at least two.”