The 2013 NFL Draft commences tonight at 7 p.m. central. By the end of this evening, barring a trade down, the Chicago Bears will have selected a new player with their 20th overall pick. As of now, the Bears have only one selection on Friday, then pick in rounds 4-6 on Saturday.
Instead of making any predictions, I’m just going to watch intently and see how it plays out. I do know that the Bears very much would like to trade down to acquire more than the five total picks they currently have. But in order to do so, there has to be a team below them wanting to pick higher in the first, or possibly a club that wants to move back into the first round from the second. I know Bears GM Phil Emery will only do this if he is offered the right deal.
There has been a lot of talk that the Bears are enamored with Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert, but I’m thinking this is an effort to get a team a few picks back to offer the Bears a deal. Chicago also just conducted a workout on NC State quarterback Mike Glennon, and I’m thinking that the Bears are probably trying to get a team interested in making an offer for their second round pick.
Regardless, again, we’d be wise to expect the unexpected tonight. Who out there really thought the Bears would draft Shea McClellin last year when Whitney Mercillus was on the board? I know that in 1998 and 2005, the running backs I feared would be taken (Curtis Enis and Cedric Benson) were selected. In 2000 I had confidence the Bears would draft Brian Urlacher. Other than that, the way the draft has fallen has usually been a surprise.
And I’m looking forward to it.