This weekend, I thought it would be interesting if we examined how the draft would be affected by the Bears' earlier picks. So, let's go over a few scenarios - and if you guys see things a different way, don't be afraid to sound off in the comments; you all know I'm not exactly a draftnik.
So to start off, let's take a look at some of the scenarios posed by taking a receiver in the first round.
(Editor's Note: Two things. I'm not saying these scenarios are how the draft has to play out, and BPA is always in play. All I'm saying are these are things the Bears' braintrust might be considering as the draft wears on.)
So we're starting by assuming the Bears are able to go receiver in round one, either Kendall Wright, Mohammad Sanu, Stephen Hill, Alshon Jeffrey, or even Michael Floyd or Justin Blackmon, if somehow they fall to the Bears. In the second round, the defensive line pickings aren't as strong in my opinion (although if somehow Nick Perry or Vinny Curry falls to and that far in the second, that'd be something to consider). Running back seems pretty strong here, but I wouldn't think they would want to draft one here unless they were worried about Matt Forte coming to camp. The Bears could also consider a cornerback, though with all the recent signings and re-signings here, it's not likely a second-rounder would contribute meaningfully here. Offensive line might be a consideration, as such picks as Amini Silatolu and Kelechi Osemele could be here.
All that said, let's say they pick up their defensive end or tackle in the second - they can pick up an offensive lineman such as Zebrie Sanders in the third. If instead they pick up someone such as Silatolu in the second, they can pick up a Cam Johnson at end in the third. The top three rounds could be a combination of those three positions.
Of course, if the Bears go with an end in the first, they can instead pick up their Marshall complement in the second or third rounds, as there are several receiving options that should be able to start on day one. And I wouldn't be opposed to this. I think some of the receiver options in the third are better than the end options in the second/third, and when you think about it, given the importance of the end position in the defense, they really need to generate some pressure. I'm not sure which of the later options I'd trust for that.
Now, the Bears could pick up a cornerback in the second (as WalterFootball currently has them doing, Alfonzo Dennard) and come back for Brandon Washington in the fourth. But if the Bears have answered their line with a second rounder (which they might be more likely to), the fourth has a couple cornerbacks to pick from, such as Omar Bolden and Leonard Johnson.
Let's take a different tangent. Say somehow, like in the Official WCG Mock, that Luke Kuechly (or some other player at a need position of depth/luxury) falls to the Bears at 19, and he's taken. That opens up both DE and WR to be taken in both the second and third. Maybe here, the Bears consider trading up in the second (using their second and fourth, maybe a sixth or a next-year pick as well - not like they haven't done this before) for a Sanu, then picking up Cam Johnson in the third (or a lineman of choice in the second and a receiver in the third - you get the general point of what I'm saying). I think in this situation you have to be able to trade up, target a guy you want, and get the best player available at your need that way instead of waiting for them to fall to you.
The draft can go just about any way - you never know who will make a sudden drop - but what are some of your ideal situations and scenarios?