The extra two weeks before the draft are absolutely killing fans, while having mixed results among the decision makers of the NFL.
Emery, being one of the general managers enjoying the extra time, said yesterday that the team is continuing to home in on the players that it would like to use with the No. 14 overall pick.
"Every day we keep narrowing it in terms of defining who that group is," Emery said. "I would say for that first pick, we're right at six. I'd be happy if two out of the six were on the board at our pick and I'd be ecstatic if three out of the six were on the board at our pick."
Naturally, the question is now: Who are the six?
Some of them are an easy guess. Others, not as much. Is there a QB on the list? What clues can be gathered from the press conference?
Emery seemed to rule out taking a QB anywhere in the draft, let alone in the first round where they have much bigger needs. The mock drafts seem to have the Bears and Aaron Donald as a perfect match but Emery himself seems to think that's wishful thinking.
That said, I'm sure he's on the wish list, but who else? Every outlet has prospect rankings slightly different than the last so who knows what the Bears' official board actually looks like.
Certain players are higher or lower depending on where you look but, even so, there are some players that I am sure are on Emery's board.
My guess, in alphabetical order, are:
-HaSean "Ha Ha" Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
-Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
-Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt
-Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
-Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
-Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Now, Emery did say he would be happy if two were available and ecstatic if there were three, so it's possible that he's eying some of the real top-end talent that has next to no chance of being there at 14 (Clowney, Donald and Mack) plus there is a good chance one of the two safeties comes off the board, so that would leave him to choose between Gilbert and whomever is left between Pryor and Clinton-Dix.
He could also have a different corner on his top six, such as Michigan's Darqueze Dennard or Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller. Perhaps he has only one of the two safeties and two CBs.
There are hundreds of combinations of players he could have, but what do you think?
What six do you think the team is targeting and which two or three do you foresee being available at 14?