Friday, February 21, 2014
Emery may be shopping first-round pick
By Michael C. Wright
INDIANAPOLIS -- Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery possess such a dry sense of humor, it's difficult every now and then to differentiate between his jokes and serious statements, but he certainly seems very willing to trade the club's 14th overall pick in May's NFL draft.
Asked at the NFL combine inside Lucas Oil Stadium whether it would be more difficult to trade down because of the depth of the 2014 class, Emery mentioned for the second time during the interview session that several offensive playmakers are expected to be available in Chicago's slot at 14.
"It's always difficult to trade down unless you're willing to give up a lot of value, and we're not going to do that," Emery said. "We're going to make sure there's equal value. Unless we just see that that potential pick we're getting out of the deal is going to be in a significant spot where we can make some good out of it. The depth is good, especially on offense. I'm sitting here at 14, there are going to be some really good offensive playmakers on the board."
That's probably true, and there's a decent chance several teams might want to come up into that range to land one of them. Emery will certainly field calls from teams looking to trade up, but he's got to find an offer enticing enough to strike a deal and potentially gain a pick.
"I know at 14, I'm going to be sitting there and there's going to be a lot of offensive playmakers on the board," Emery said just minutes earlier. "This is a deep draft in offensive playmakers, and I'm sure my peers recognize that."