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Bears narrow list down to six potential picks at No. 14


Like all NFL general managers, Chicago’s Phil Emery is tight-lipped about which players he hopes to draft next week. But Emery did pull back the curtain a bit on the process the Bears use to narrow down their list of potential draft picks.

Specifically, Emery said the Bears have identified six players they might pick in the first round, where Chicago owns the 14th overall pick. They’ve presumably eliminated the top tier of players — Jadeveon Clowney, Khalil Mack, Greg Robinson, Sammy Watkins and maybe a couple of others — as sure to be gone at No. 14. And they almost certainly won’t use their first-round pick on a quarterback after they gave Jay Cutler a huge new contract. Beyond that, they’ve got their list of six guys, and they’re hoping one or more are still around when the Bears are on the clock.

“Yeah, every day we keep narrowing it in terms of defining who that group is,” Emery said. “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.”

Only those in the Bears’ draft room know the identity of the six players they’re considering, but Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Louisville safety Calvin Pryor and Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard are among those who have been identified as potentially heading to Chicago.

And if all six players on the Bears’ list are gone at No. 14? That’s when they’d look to trade down.

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48 Responses to “Bears narrow list down to six potential picks at No. 14”
  1. jjb0811 says: May 1, 2014 7:53 PM

    I see them trading w/ the 9’ers and reloading. They need to get young, depth, & speed. This is the draft for that.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: May 1, 2014 7:54 PM

    Sounds like a plan, but that is a fat list if you properly account for enough of the eventual picks, which sounds like they should definitely trade down and try to hit the back end of that range a little lower, or see where they stand with the next tier after that when that pick comes up.

  3. larryboodry says: May 1, 2014 7:56 PM

    Any one of the six mentioned here would be fine with me.

    The NFL needs to move the draft back to where it used to be, in April.

  4. gordfrancis32 says: May 1, 2014 7:59 PM

    I’m hoping for Donald and if not him Dix, Mosely or Pryor in that order. But I think DT is the priority and safety 2nd round. Hard to pass on a Mosely or a Gilbert though if still available. If you can get a guy to be a starter for 6+ years on your team I think you nailed your 1st or 2nd round pick.

  5. kabasaman says: May 1, 2014 8:02 PM

    Defense, Defense, and more Defense….

  6. isphet71 says: May 1, 2014 8:02 PM

    Why would he be ecstatic if three of their 6 picks were still on the board? They can only pick one…

    Michael David Smith replies: I took that to mean if three of their six are still on the board at 14, they’ll try to trade down a couple spots to 15 or 16, pick up an extra late-round pick and still get one of the six guys they want.

  7. bennyb82 says: May 1, 2014 8:02 PM

    I would bet that it is a defensive pick unless a top OL drops.

  8. thegreatgabbert says: May 1, 2014 8:07 PM

    “If Clowney, Robinson, Watkins, Mack, Matthews, Evans, and Lewan are off the board…well, I don’t know what we’re gonna do then. Keep our fingers crossed, I guess ….”.

  9. buffalodiehard says: May 1, 2014 8:07 PM

    I’m no mathematician but when you’re picking 14tb I would think you would want to limit your list to at least, ya know, 14.

  10. edavidberg says: May 1, 2014 8:07 PM

    Do not want Clinton-Dix. None of their d backs have worked out in the pros and I didn’t see this guy look that impressive in games.

    I’d actually rather have Jimmie Ward. (And I’d be crushed if Ward ends up in Green Bay.)

  11. officialgame says: May 1, 2014 8:16 PM

    There isn’t a safety in this draft class worthy of a first round pick.

  12. dezno24 says: May 1, 2014 8:31 PM

    Look like the CJ Mosley is already on Detroit if you click the link for him. Would be weird if they did draft him and they both make a sack on the same play.

  13. wnstonchill says: May 1, 2014 8:34 PM

    Calvin Pryor is the right player for this Bears team. They need a legit starting Safet in the worst way and he’s that guy. Go get him!

  14. staffordsyear says: May 1, 2014 8:35 PM

    I don’t see a quarterback.

  15. larryboodry says: May 1, 2014 8:52 PM

    “Look like the CJ Mosley is already on Detroit if you click the link for him. Would be weird if they did draft him and they both make a sack on the same play.”


  16. uknownothingatall says: May 1, 2014 9:37 PM

    What does it matter, they dug their grave by giving Cutler a big contract.

  17. filthymcnasty1 says: May 1, 2014 9:39 PM

    Just 6 picks?

    Sounds like Cutler’s line against the Packers.

  18. mrneto72 says: May 1, 2014 9:52 PM

    I am not the smartest guy in the world, but something tells me Da Bears are going defense

  19. isuhuskie says: May 1, 2014 9:53 PM

    Emery mentioned converting a player… I have a sneaky suspicion he has his eye on Fuller from Va Tech (they did have him in for a visit) – and he would be thrilled to trade back and get him. Emery has closed (or partially plugged) some holes on defense, but they still need help.

    However, there is nearly no depth on the offensive side of the ball. They are one injury away at several positions on the offensive side of the ball from being screwed. So they can’t go all “D” in the draft. They need more picks.

  20. jc1958cool says: May 1, 2014 9:58 PM

    johnny football if he’s available? can’t be worse than butler! lol

  21. richardmb52 says: May 1, 2014 10:11 PM

    After this draft my favorite songs gonna be April Love.

  22. vikesr4reel says: May 1, 2014 10:14 PM

    The teddy bears are an absolute joke!!

  23. briggsisbrokeagain says: May 1, 2014 10:39 PM

    I agree with Pryor, I want a big hitting safety and Pryor can cover too. They have to get a safety that can play from day 1.

  24. thefiesty1 says: May 1, 2014 10:39 PM

    Ha Ha.

  25. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 1, 2014 10:51 PM

    IF Aaron Donald can clear the Bears, the Cowboys have a shot at him at 16.

  26. lalder95 says: May 1, 2014 11:24 PM

    I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if the Bears don’t pick a player that has been commonly mocked to them. How many mock drafts had them picking Shae McClellin or Kyle Long?

  27. jaycutlersbarber says: May 2, 2014 12:00 AM

    They’re going to pick Ra’shede Hageman.

  28. 4thandlonger says: May 2, 2014 1:20 AM

    The so called top 4 non QB
    – Clowney, Mack, Watkins, Robinson

    2 other O tackles
    – Matthews, Lewan

    1 other WR
    – Evans

    Plus possibly up to 3 (could be 0) QB
    – Manziel, Bortles, Bridgewater

    If those 10 are gone then the Bears are going to get one of their higher rated talents.

    Bears fans are going to be watching the draft and cheering every time an offensive player gets drafted. The best possible start is for Manziel to go number 1 and for the QB race to start nice and early. Same for WR.

  29. sdchicken says: May 2, 2014 2:25 AM

    Man, there is really nothing to talk about this week since the draft got pushed back. The bears have 6 candidates for pick 14, the texans have not decided who to take at one, Manziel is terrible…wait he’s sensational, bridgewater sucks in passing drills but is awesome in games. Please push the draft back to the end of April!

  30. thethrill1111 says: May 2, 2014 3:23 AM

    Regardless of who the Bears take, it will be someone who no one really expects (did anyone guess he’d take McClellin or Long?). I wouldn’t be surprised if he takes a chance on Ra’ Shede Hageman or Jimmie Ward.

  31. johngaltwho says: May 2, 2014 7:11 AM

    Looks like The Bears and Packers have similar needs. Its kinda frustrating, that the Packers first round pick is always far behind the Bears first round pick every single year. The Bears always seem to beat The Packers in the competition for higher first round draft pick.

  32. dezno24 says: May 2, 2014 8:27 AM


    What is hard to understand here? If Detroit takes Bama’s C.J. Mosley, then they would have two people on defense that go by the same name.

  33. gtb5482 says: May 2, 2014 9:26 AM

    If Donalds off the board. I wouldnt be suprised if Emery trades down to the 20’s. N drafts Bucannon in the 1st. He hits like pryor had dbl the ints that dix did last yr n hes bigger n faster than both. Plus it would b total emery suprise I.e. shea n long

  34. drinkdabeers says: May 2, 2014 9:44 AM

    Donald or Pryor @ #14, in that order.


  35. larryboodry says: May 2, 2014 10:03 AM

    “Looks like The Bears and Packers have similar needs. Its kinda frustrating, that the Packers first round pick is always far behind the Bears first round pick every single year. The Bears always seem to beat The Packers in the competition for higher first round draft pick.”

    Y’all went 8-7-1 last year, the Bears went 8-8. Shut up already.

  36. aldavis4president says: May 2, 2014 10:32 AM

    I think Jimmie ward and Pryor are better than Clinton-dix. The bears should take A DT or mosley no matter what with their first pick, they go up against Peterson,lacy, and Bush/bell 6x a year. Basically they need to go defense with their 1st 3 picks and try to snag a steal Oline with their 4th pick. Who ever came up with the may draft should be fired immediately btw. Just my opinion.

  37. whatjusthapped says: May 2, 2014 11:31 AM

    Considering how wide open Randall Cobb was on their final defensive play of their season, I’m guessing the Bears might go for a DB, preferably one that doesn’t bite on a pump fake and stays on his feet.

    Upon further review, the Bears still suck.

  38. gbmickey says: May 2, 2014 11:41 AM

    Ohh but Larry you will never get that beautiful TD pass from Rodgers to Cobb as Conte was totally made to look the fool out of your head will you? It ended your season in a heartbreaking way.

  39. footballalldayeveryday says: May 2, 2014 12:50 PM

    What is hard to understand here? If Detroit takes Bama’s C.J. Mosley, then they would have two people on defense that go by the same name.

    If one Mosley is on the other team, how can they both get a sack on the same play…

  40. woodsie1972 says: May 2, 2014 3:31 PM

    The outstanding SAFETY from Alabama would be a great pick and be an impact player from the start.

    Go BEARS, “Restore The Roar!”

  41. gtb5482 says: May 2, 2014 4:55 PM

    Dream first 2 rounds would be Donald in the 1st & Bucannon in the 2nd

  42. larryboodry says: May 2, 2014 7:11 PM


    As far as I’m concerned, our season ended against Philadelphia…And neither your team or mine had any business even sniffing the playoffs.

  43. filthymcnasty1 says: May 2, 2014 11:53 PM

    So Larry gave up just because the Bears would have had to beat the Packers at home to advance to the playoffs?

    You just out quitler’d Quitler.

  44. frankiedynomite says: May 3, 2014 2:58 AM

    I would not be surprised if Aaron Donald, the only smart pick, is there at 14 based on the more dire needs of other teams..even Dallas who some think will trade up, has so many holes and needs that taking one player barely helps them..especially after they just signed Melton. One player that seems to be invisible and yet is one that is an incredible athlete with the versatility to destroy running backs, WR’s, TE’s and QB’s is RYAN SHAZIER…and he could very well be around..WE NEED A LB RIGHT? He will impact the defense far more than Pryor or Dix could and even has the speed to be a 3rd safety in certain packages..Now HE’s a first round pick that I can get excited about.

  45. frankiedynomite says: May 3, 2014 3:11 AM


    1 Aaron Donald/Ryan Shazier/D. Easley

    1. Kyle Van Noy/ Buchannon/ Hageman/Tuitt

    3. Ed Reynolds/ Philip Gaines/ Ego Ferguson

    4. Walt Aikens/ Dontae Johnson/A.Murray

    5. Crowell/J. McKinnon/DamienWilliams

    6. Lamin Barrow/Ron Powell/Jeff Mathews

    6. AC Leonard/Gator Hoskins/Trey Millard

    I think that covers most needs pretty well and with such a deep draft at WR and CB..Even DT..the Bears could stock there team with viable talent..

  46. bullitts says: May 3, 2014 6:28 AM

    Bears should trade their 14th pick with the New York Jets 18th pick for additional picks. Pick up an extra third rounder and maybe a 6th or 7th next year.

    Bears 14th pick = 1100 points
    Jets 18th pick = 900
    Jets 3rd rd pick = 190
    Jets 7th rd pick (2015) = 10

    Bear swap picks with Jets (14th for 18th) Bears gets Jets 3rd round pick (#80) –worth = 190 points and a 7th round pick in 2015 — worth 10 points

    1100 points

    Then we draft at #18 in the 1st rd, then again at #51 in the 2nd, and then again at #80 & #82 in the 3rd rd. By the time we draft in the 4th rd we already have FOUR draft picks.

    Make the trade Emery!

  47. bullitts says: May 3, 2014 6:46 AM

    Correction: Take NYJ’s 6th round pick for 2015.

  48. wnstonchill says: May 3, 2014 8:25 AM

    Hypothetically, if Shea McClellin were in this years draft, would Emery, or anyone for that matter pick him? (In any round???)

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