If there's anything we must know about Phil Emery it's that he keeps us on our toes and if his last two first rounders are any indication of what will happen this year, I won't be surprised to be surprised come draft night.
With that being said, a lot of what the Bears need to do on draft night stems from what they plan to do in free agency. With Major Wright, Peanut & Melton free agents, the Bears have glaring needs at D-line, CB & safety as well as a few LBs on the wrong side of 30. Most would say they have to go safety in the first round but 2 years ago our safeties were just as bad we just had better playmakers in the front 8. The slew of d-tackles available in the draft makes it so that the team can go a few different routes. The Bears NEED to resign Melton & maybe even Ratley (and should get a discount on Melton considering the injury he'll be returning from) with Paea, D-tackle shouldn't be a focus point (at first; depth is still needed at the position). Some forget that with Paea & Melton healthy last season the Bears held Green-Ellis/Bernard & Peterson to a combined 142 rushing yards.
A lot of people are saying to cut Pepp which wouldn't make sense, especially considering the d-end free agents out there (and most-likely moving McClellen to OLB). Emery needs to sit down with him and let him know that he's earning what he's being paid and ask him for a performance-based pay cut meaning "you get paid this, you get this many tackles, sacks, ect, you get this much more" and go out and sign Michael Bennett as Martellus has publicly expressed interest in getting his brother to come to Chicago.
Although I'd love to see C.J. Mosely roam the middle of the field for the next decade, the safe pick would be to go with Clinton-Dix out of Bama. With that you go out and sign another safety in free agency (T.J. Ward, Donta 'Hit'ner, Jarius Byrd, etc.) and with 2-7 strategically grab all defensive players (one particular player I'd love to see is Stanley Jean-Babtise - a 6-3 cornerback from Nebraska who wreaked havoc in the B1G and is projected as a 3rd rounder).
It's not not about this D being #1 in the NFL again (as much as Chicago would like that), it's about it not being #32. If this D can jump into even the top 20, all the sudden this Bears team will be one of the teams to beat in the NFL in 2014.