With the moves that Chicago has made to date in free agency, the Bears have opened up their draft board by being able to grab the best available player with each of their five picks.
The signing of key players such as tackle Jermon Bushrod, tight end Martellus Bennett and linebackers D.J. Williams and James Anderson brings playmaking ability and proven veterans to both sides of the ball.
Additionally, the signing of impact role players such as blocking tight end Steve Maneri, safety Tom Zbikowski, guard Matt Slauson, center Taylor Boggs, defensive tackle Andre Fluellen and defensive end Kyle Moore has addressed the need for depth both offensively and defensively.
The Bears have put themselves in the perfect situation. By filling needs via free agency, they will be able to draft the best player available on the board regardless of position. This means Chicago's front office personnel can be more flexible when addressing roster needs in the draft.
Philip Emery’s aggressive philosophy should be front and center on Thursday night when the most anticipated event of the NFL 2013 offseason begins—the NFL draft.