In his first offseason, new Bears General Manager Phil Emery has made a statement on how he wants his organization run.
He has already addressed needs on the offensive side of the ball by trading for former Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall, signing a proven backup quarterback in Jason Campbell, and signing an above average backup running back in Michael Bush.
Emery has also addressed the defensive side of the football, locking up linebacker Lance Briggs with a contract extension, as well as bringing in cornerbacks Kelvin Hayden and Jonathan Wilhite.
Many figured Emery and the Bears would be players in free agency, but the biggest concern for Bears fans is how the Bears will attack the draft. Former General Manager Jerry Angelo was notorious for having bad drafts, occasionally finding gems in the later rounds (Lance Briggs, Charles Tillman) but never had a player make much of an impact from the first round.
If Phil Emery wants to make his mark as great GM, the draft is where it starts. This draft is very top heavy and although they would be mortgaging some of their future picks, it might be worth giving up a future first rounder to draft one of these players.
Here are three players that would be worth the Bears trading into the top 10 to draft.
Despite reports of a poor Wonderlic score during the NFL combine, Morris Claiborne still remains the best cornerback available in this year's draft.
Standing at 5'11" and weighing in at 188 pounds, Claiborne has the prototypical size for an NFL cornerback. Good in almost every aspect of the game, Claiborne has the experience playing man coverage, but has the ability to play zone given his athleticism and football smarts. Additionally, Claiborne's good hands would play well into Lovie Smith's takeaway centered defense.
Claiborne would immediately become the second best cornerback on the roster behind Charles Tillman. Plus, with the resigning of Tim Jennings and the addition of Kelvin Hayden, it would allow the Bears to ease Claiborne along and not have to worry about rushing him into the defense.
In order for the Bears to try and draft Claiborne, they would likely have to find a trading partner with the St. Louis Rams at six, who already have picked up two future first-round picks in their trade with Washington, and could possibly acquire a third first-round pick for next season if the Bears were willing to pull the trigger.
Fletcher Cox (no.94)
After releasing veteran Anthony Adams in February and not resigning Amobi Okoye, the Bears are left with just three defensive tackles on the roster; Henry Melton, Matt Toeaina, and Stephen Paea.
Similar to current Bear's defensive tackle Henry Melton, Cox has the ability to play both outside as a defensive end and can work the inside at defensive tackle. A 6'4" and 298 pounds, scout believe he has the ability to add another 10-15 pounds and still be able to keep his great explosiveness off the ball.
A good pass rusher with great quickness and upper body strength, Cox could be used along the defensive line as a rotation specialist, keeping him inside at the start of the drive and using him on the outside in obvious passing situations.With a lack of depth along the defensive line, Fletcher makes a lot of sense for the Bears.
The Bears could try to entice the Miami Dolphins who currently hold the eighth-overall pick by convincing them that a quarterback like Ryan Tannehill, who many have projected to be a top-10 pick (myself not included), could and should still be available at the Bears 19th-overall pick.
Few players have had their stock rise much faster than Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd.
Measuring in at 6'3" and weighing 220 pounds, Floyd's physical makeup has NFL scouts salivating. A receiver who can go up and get the ball and still possess the necessary speed to break away, has Floyd looking at being a top-10 pick.
Despite the Bears having traded for Brandon Marshall, acquiring a guy like Floyd now gives Jay Cutler two receivers with the ability to go up and get the ball. A wide receiving core with Marshall, Floyd, Earl Bennett, and Devin Hester would easily become one of the better receiving cores in the NFL.
Trying to trade for Floyd may be difficult, but if they could lure the Carolina Panthers at the number nine spot with a future number one pick to go along with the 19th overall pick this season, they may be able to take Floyd at number nine and help shore up their wide receiving core.