Continuing scenarios that might crop up for the Bears during the 2013 draft we continue formulating the Bears' draft strategy in the second part. With Emery open to trading down to collect more draft picks the Bears need to focus on who they can draft in the late half of the first round. We've already identified the needs on this team (CB, WR, DT, OG, OC, LB) so we need to focus on prospects who the Bears may target.
Even with the Bears willing to trade down they have to hope someone falls far enough that someone else wants to trade up to draft that prospect, but then that player is going to have to be someone the Bears are going to be willing to pass on despite their six positions of need.
What players would the Bears be willing to pass on if someone wants to trade up to draft them. The first prospect that comes to mind is Alec Ogletree of Georgia. Ogletree is the best fit for the midde linebacker position in a Cover-2 system because he can cover the deep middle and make plays from sideline to sideline. That skill set however isn't limited to just Ogletree, Kansas State LB Arthur Brown also shows tremendous range and ability. Brown's stock has been on the rise, but it's debatable on whether or not he would be a reach at the 20th overall spot. If the Bears could add a third round pick, and still land Brown at the back half of the first round that's a consideration.
Were the scenario to result in the Bears missing on Brown and Ogletree then the Bears could consider finding value in Manti Te'o or Kevin Minter. There is plenty of middle linebacker depth in this draft class that the Bears could target later in the draft. These players may not be day one impact players, but they could develop in a few years while starting at the SAM 'backer spot in Chicago.
What are the first round priorities if the Bears are there at 20? Wide receiver seems like it should be an absolute priority even if one of the top offensive guards is available. It would be better for the Bears to grab another play-maker for Jay Cutler and then target an interior offensive linemen in the second or fourth round.
If the Bears are able to pick up a third round pick via trade and target a player like Arthur Brown or Manti Te'o in the third round, then a player like Larry Warford in the second round or Brian Schwenke, Barrett Jones or Dallas Thomas in the third round would be value the Bears could consider. Schwenke could start out at guard and then move to center or just stay at guard because his athleticism projects so well at either guard or center. Schwenke has legitimate versatility because he plays so well on the move and is so explosive out of his stance.
The second round is also a round in which the Bears would be smart to target depth at CB. There's a lot of flexibility between CBs that could be targeted in the late first round and throughout most of the second and third round. Desmond Trufant (Washington), Jamar Taylor (Boise State), Jonathan Banks (Miss. State) David Amerson (NC State) are all CBs that could be on the radar from the back half of the first round through the second round. All are big tough physical corners that could develop for a year or two under Tillman and Jennings.