The Chicago Bears will be working with only five picks after they traded away two third round selections (2012, 2013) for former Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall last off-season.
They also traded their seventh round selection for Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Brian Price, but released him prior to the start of the 2012 season.
So what should we expect from general manager Phil Emery in his second draft?
Regarding Emery’s first draft calling the shots, here’s how it turned out:
WR Alshon Jeffery will likely be a big-time performer this season in his second-year. First round selection DE Shea McClellin will be asked to be more than a rotational guy. S Brandon Hardin will be looking to stay healthy and get on the field, while Evan Rodriguez will try to his expand his minimal role. The 2012 NFL Draft for the Bears and Emery is still being graded. But Jeffery and McClellin certainly have tons of potential.
Round One, No. 20: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
If the Bears don’t trade down in the first round which I’d prefer and expect they’ll be looking to draft value at No. 20. So why not take a solid defensive tackle in Sylvester Williams? Williams had 20.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks over his final two seasons at North Carolina. He has the ability to be a starting nose tackle in the NFL. With Henry Melton set to be a free agent after this season, the Bears are left with Stephen Paea, Nate Collins and Andre Fluellen at the position. Picking Williams would add solid depth and potential. He could be a perfect fit for this Bears defense. However he will turn 24 during the 2013 NFL season. He would be a nice pickup by the Bears who need some depth at the defensive tackle position.
Other options: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia, Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington, Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
Round Two, No. 20: Barrett Jones, C/G, Alabama