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Bears GM Emery prepares for first draft

Everyone seems convinced that the Bears will draft a defensive player in the first round tonight because most of the money and resources they've expended this offseason has been used on offense.

Why does it matter where money has been spent — and it's not like the Bears aren't paying Brian Urlacher, Julius Peppers and Lance Briggs in 2012 — if offensive tackle remains the biggest need?

Don't get me wrong. If general manager Phil Emery thinks the best player on the board when the Bears are on the clock is a defensive player who also happens to fill an area of need — maybe an end like Whitney Mercilus, Nick Perry or Chandler Jones, or even a tackle like Jerel Worthy — then by all means I'm fine with him taking them. But I think the whole "they've spent on offense, so now they're obliged to go defense" premise is stupid. They could use some younger defenders, without question, but they could most definitely use a left tackle and another wide receiver as well.

Emery likes to use a lot of words to say nothing in interviews, but there was a little you could take from what he said earlier this week. His comments indicate he likes his team — as I feel he should — and that he could go in a number of directions based on who is still available at No. 19. That's all I want from him. Whether it's a lineman, a receiver or something else, I hope Emery finds the best player out there rather than pandering to some misguided notion that he must draft defense to even things out.


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