Chicago Bears Draft: 3 Things the Bears Should Refrain from Doing Come Draft Day
NFL fans around the nation are giddy over the fact that in about 24 hours, teams will start to announce their first-round draft choices.
Luckily for us Bears fans, the days of seeing Jerry Angelo waste that coveted pick are over.
Enter Phil Emery.
With Emery's success so far this off-season, it's hard to imagine someone with a scouting background botching his first NFL draft as a general manager, and I don't think that will happen.
Here are three things I am praying do not happen come draft day.
Do Not Trade Up in Round 1
In a draft where the Bears will look to add youth and depth to the defense, trading up in the first round simply isn't a smart option.
Even if Michael Floyd is available for the Bears if they move up five spots, they should resist the temptation to make a move in order to conserve picks.
The fact of the matter is, it's simply far too costly to move substantially up in the draft.
For instance, if the Bears were to move up to the No. 11 choice they would have to package their first- and second-round picks—and keep in mind that their second-round choice is the 18th pick of the round.
As nice as it would be to snag a player like Floyd, it's just not a good idea for the Bears when they are looking to add youthful depth.
Do Not Reach to Get a Player for an Area of Need
Look, we all know that the defensive end position needs to be addressed, but that doesn't mean that has to happen in the first round.
Granted, the best shot at drafting a Pro-Bowler comes in the first round, but if the DE the Bears are considering has a far lower grade than a defensive tackle, they should take the tackle.
It would be great to get someone across from Peppers to wreak havoc, but if Chicago can add a top-tier defensive tackle as opposed to a gamble at the end position, it would be wise to take the player with the higher grade.
Do Not Hold onto Matt Forte If You're Going to End Up Trading Him
Every Bears fan is hoping Forte comes to his senses and signs the deal the Bears have offered.
He needs to accept that he's not going to get Chris Johnson, Adrian Peterson or even Arian Foster-type money.
It's still unclear if the Bears are proposing a fair deal to Forte or not, but the fact of the matter is, if Forte looks to be on his way out, the Bears need to get the pick he is bound to garner before the draft.
In a year where the goal is a Super Bowl, the Bears need all the help they can get, especially if they are expecting to be without Forte.