The 2014 NFL Scouting Combine has come and gone and with that we have a better idea of what players the Chicago Bears may be looking at in the draft.
The first tidbit of information came before workouts at the combine began as both coach Marc Trestman and general manager Phil Emery met with the media and gave some insight on what they're looking for.
Emery confirmed that the Bears would be "predominantly" a one-gap defense playing a 4-3. He also noted that they would have flexibility with what they do and will play multiple fronts.
In his history as the Bears GM, Emery has tended to take athletic players and there's no reason to think that will change this year.
“When we swing, we’re going to swing on the high side of athleticism,” Emery said last week (per ChicagoBears.com)
He also spoke of wanting defensive ends a little stouter and longer than former first-round pick Shea McClellin, wanting players with versatility and preferring physical cornerbacks.
There were a number of players who had great showings at the combine and some who simply didn't come close to what was expected.
As usual, Emery is expected to be aggressive in free agency but we have no idea what direction they'll go in when that time comes. It seems likely that they'll sign at least one defensive lineman and a safety, but they have a lot of options with the unrestricted free-agent market.
As of now, the Bears have a dreadful defense and need help in all areas. It starts upfront, however, and that's where this mock draft begins.
All combine information courtesy of NFL.com's Results Tracker