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.

21 responses to “Bears have three players in mind for No. 3

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

  2. 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. 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. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. “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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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….

  9. 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.

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

  11. #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.

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