Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/21/12
After years of cheap behavior and uninspired free agent patch work -- yeah, like Roy Williams was really going to be the answer -- the Chicago Bears have finally found their coin-purse (double-meaning very much intended) and decided to spend some money this off-season.    In large part due to the welcomed departure of Bears’ GM and renowned miser, Jerry Angelo, the Windy City now has Phil Emery holding the Halas Hall checkbook. And since his hiring, the new man in charge has been quickly burning through his off-season checklist.    In an immediate move to finally get a No. 1 wide receiver on the Lakefront, Emery traded two third round picks to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for often mercurial,  but supremely talented,  Brandon Marshall. He also brought in Jason Campbell to back up Jay Cutler and ensure this Bears’ ship would not once again become rudderless as it did after Cutler’s season ending injury in 2011. If those moves weren’t already Christmas come early for Bears’ fans, he was also able to grab ex-Raiders' bruiser, Michael Bush, to add power to a weak goal line offense, and relief for Matt Forte and the ridiculous workload the Bears have asked of him in recent years.    With those moves already in place, the entire Bear’s 2012 draft takes on a whole new dynamic. Now, in place of having to find these pieces in unproven players out of college, Emery can turn his  focus to shoring up some of the other Bears’ weak spots. OFFENSIVE LINE!!!! Too subtle?    No. 1 on the draft list will surely be protection for the man who spends more time on the Solider Field turf than the grounds crew. The Bears have one pick in each of the first three rounds, and assuming Emery doesn’t pull more rabbits out of his GM hat via draft day trades, here is how the new crop of Chicago Bears’ draftees should look after this Friday.    Round 1 - Pick 19 - Need: Offensive Line or Cornerback (but let’s hope it’s offensive line)   Since the Bears’ O-line has been giving Jay Cutler about as much protection as a Wrigley Field turnstile, the very first thing the Bears need to get is offensive line help, but there could be some surprises that make the decision a little more complicated.    Option 1: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford: Will Jonathan Martin go from protecting Andrew Luck’s blindside to Jay Cutler’s? The need is there and, by all indications, he should still be available when the Bears get "on the clock." If last season's pick Gabe Carimi can come back strong from injury, drafting Martin could give the Bears two young bookend tackles to anchor their line for the future.    Option 2: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina: Although he could very well be gone before they get through the Top 10, if Gilmore falls -- and assuming Cincinnati doesn’t grab him first,-- the Bears would be hard-pressed not to pass on an O-lineman and take Gilmore to bolster their secondary. Coincidentally, Gilmore happens to be the 19 ranked player on ESPN’s draft-board, and with the 19th pick in the Draft, the symmetry is hard to deny.    Option 3: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame: Although the Bears did just get Brandon Marshall, there is still a need for depth at the wide receiver position. Marshall has proven to be schizophrenic at times, leading to a serious desire for the Bears to back him up with a dependable 1A option. Floyd is a big-bodied receiver at 6-3, 225lbs, and after playing his collegiate ball at Norte Dame, Floyd would immediately be a local fan favorite. Being able to slide Devin Hester and Johnny Knox into their more natural slot position could give the Bears an explosive offense in 2012.    Round 2 - Pick 50 - Need: Cornerback   Jayron Hosley, CB, Virgina Tech: Assuming Jonathan Martin is now at Banana Republic shopping for  turtlenecks to get him through the cold Chicago winters, the Bears turn their attention to the secondary. Jayron Hosley is more of a zone corner rather than a true cover corner, but his 4.47 time in the 40 seems to indicated not many wide receivers will be running passed him.    Other Options: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska or Josh Robinson, CD, Central Florida   Round 3 - Pick 79 - Defensive Tackle, Wide receiver   Mike Martin, DT, Michigan: By now corner and offensive line should have been addressed. It is time to find the best player to fit our need of a replacement for free agent Amobi Okoye on the defensive line, or more depth at wide out. Mike Martin was a three year starter at Michigan, and showed tremendous strength at the combine. He is not as athletic as Okoye, but with Peppers and Idonije rushing the edges, he won’t be asked to pass rush too much for Chicago.    Other Options: A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois or Juron Criner, WR, Arizona  

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