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Bears have three players in mind for No. 3

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The Bears may not have to make much of a choice at all on Thursday night.

During a pre-draft press conference on Wednesday, Bears General Manager Ryan Pace said that the team has identified three players worthy of being picked with the third overall pick in this year’s draft. That means that they will have one of those players available when they are on the board regardless of what happens with the top two selections, assuming, of course, that the Bears don’t trade down.

If they do, Pace says they have “a cloud of names” that would fit for a lower spot in the first round but said that the team’s general approach to making the pick will remain the same at any spot.

“You get yourself into trouble if you’re not sticking with our philosophy of best player available,” Pace said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “When you start trying to manufacture things or create things, that’s when teams get into dangerous water. I think, if we just stay with the guys we have a consensus on and best player available, we’ll be in good shape.”

Pace didn’t offer any hints about which players would qualify for that description or about what positions they might play, but the wait to find out won’t extend too much longer.

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21 Responses to “Bears have three players in mind for No. 3”
  1. amishninjas says: Apr 27, 2017 7:23 AM

    Dave Wannstead has been calling Bears HQ for weeks telling Pace not to sleep on Rick Mirer.

  2. dawoger says: Apr 27, 2017 7:38 AM

    Depending on the fear factor this pick is to the skoltrolls, this could be the first test of strength of the evening of their new Vike logoed adult diapers.

  3. easyisle says: Apr 27, 2017 7:38 AM

    Well, I guess there’s no reason to add a 4th name when you’re picking #3. Why can’t the idiots in my Fantasy league figure that out?

  4. jermainewiggins says: Apr 27, 2017 7:42 AM

    My guess is garrett, adams and lattimore OR thomas… But as a viking fan I hope they draft a punter in the first round

  5. Indybear says: Apr 27, 2017 7:42 AM

    His job is basically on the line, so he better get it right.

  6. mialto says: Apr 27, 2017 8:08 AM

    Something tells me history will repeat and they will “reach” with 3rd pick and 2nd round. Patriots and Packers have the draft down to a predictable science. While Bears use voodoo magic and spin the bottle.

  7. larryboodry says: Apr 27, 2017 8:33 AM

    Garrett, Trubisky, Mahomes.

  8. blitzinc43 says: Apr 27, 2017 8:43 AM

    As a close friend of the organization they have to start this rebuild by stocking up on defense. If Glennon = Grossman then the defense needs to equal the Superbowl finalist defense.

  9. factschecker says: Apr 27, 2017 8:43 AM

    “When you start trying to manufacture things or create things, that’s when teams get into dangerous water.”

    Except Bill Belichick. He seems to live for these next 3 days of wheeling and dealing. Even though every year the “experts” will give him a C- for his draft.

  10. brettsdaddy11172010 says: Apr 27, 2017 8:54 AM

    Jamal Adams!!! Jamal Adams!!! Jamal Adams!!!

  11. winningisabrees says: Apr 27, 2017 9:05 AM

    He learned from Loomis. . . . .

  12. firejerry says: Apr 27, 2017 9:14 AM

    Da Bears do not need another Kevin White bust pick.

  13. boiler72 says: Apr 27, 2017 9:17 AM

    They will still finish last in that division. Bet on it.

  14. redlikethepig says: Apr 27, 2017 9:20 AM

    Three guys are feeling very unhappy right now.

  15. xargscutgrep says: Apr 27, 2017 9:29 AM

    Best Player Available is kind of a silly concept/term. There isn’t a formula for calculating who the BPA is, and teams judge a player’s value based on scheme fit. One team may prioritize a 300 lb. 5-tech DE or value cornerbacks that can play man-to-man coverage.

    The BPA, according to Pace, also takes into account the value of the position AND the depth of that position in the draft. A lot of RBs in this year’s draft? Oh, then the one available right now when you’re on the clock might not be the BPA. A Strong Safety at 3? Pace isn’t the type, I fear, to consider that guy the BPA.

    We really need a better term. Something that reflects that the draft is a crapshoot.

  16. teal379 says: Apr 27, 2017 11:23 AM

    boiler72 says:
    Apr 27, 2017 9:17 AM
    They will still finish last in that division. Bet on it.
    —————————-

    Don’t give the Vikings hope….

  17. wolfgangvomframps says: Apr 27, 2017 12:37 PM

    Bears will go with an injury prone DB or DL. It is their nature. It is what they do.

    Next year, the Bears will find a way to screw up the first pick in the draft.

  18. 11dancingditkas says: Apr 27, 2017 1:11 PM

    I hope all the Solomon Thomas and Allen’s arthritic shoulders talk has been smoke screen. Solomon Thomas struggles to set the edge and really gets pushed around when he tries to hold up offensive tackles. He doesn’t seem to have the skill sets to be the 5 technic the Bears need. Allen, on the other hand, excels at holding up and throwing tackles in order to get to the ball carriers and qbs. If healthy, Allens would be fantastic addition. If not Allen or Garrett, Im all for Adams.

  19. thevza says: Apr 27, 2017 3:38 PM

    After months of preparation, I sure as heck would hope they have three options for picking at number three. How is this news?

  20. wallyspo says: Apr 27, 2017 6:50 PM

    #3 should be Watson. Too good a QB to pass up for a team that needs a winner and a medium-long term answer at QB. If you think that QB is Mike Glennon, I have a bridge to sell you in New York. If not Watson, please for the love of god have it be Adams, Thomas, or Allen. So many holes to fill, Pace would be a generationally special idiot not to take any of the 4 names mentioned.

  21. walk929501 says: Apr 28, 2017 4:01 PM

    Trubisky. HAHAHAHAHA!

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