OK, so former Bears general manager Phil Emery had a bit of a rough go during his time in Chicago. All things considered, it could’ve been worse. Just take the NFL Draft’s first-round picks from 2013.
Took a look back at the 2013 first round (avert your eyes!). For all the flak Phil Emery gets, he’s one of the few that got it right here pic.twitter.com/eHUy2qn2R1
— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) April 3, 2017
Pro Football Weekly takes a deeper dive into the first round of the 2013 draft, which was full of disappointments. Only 17 of 32 first-round picks are with their original team. Expand that to the first three rounds, and only 35 of those 97 players selected are still with their original teams. As if you needed a reminder of how important it is for GM Ryan Pace to get it right with the team’s numerous high selections.
Moving on to Tuesday’s Bullets …
- ESPN’s Field Yates reports the Packers claimed defensive lineman Ego Ferguson off waivers. A second-round pick by Phil Emery in the 2014, Ferguson never lived up to being the 51st player taken in the 2014 draft. He missed the entire 2016 season, ended the 2015 season on injured reserve, and was suspended for four games in the 2015 campaign. He wasn’t a fit for the Bears’ 3-4 scheme, and his lack of availability (albeit, due to health) made Ferguson expendable.
- Add Ferguson to the list of old faces who will be in new places when the season gets underway in 2017. Kevin Patra of Around The NFL gets into the NFC North’s offseason overhaul, which is highlighted by the Packers’ addition of tight end Martellus Bennett, and guard T.J. Lang changing loyalties and ditching the Packers for the Lions. There wasn’t much standing pat from teams in a division that produced two postseason teams.
- As for the Bears, Patra writes the Bears are in a position to add a pass rusher, safety, linebacker, and wide receiver options in the draft. After spending more than $21 in guarantees to short-term stop gap defensive players in the secondary, Patra seems to envision a scenario in which the Bears attack offensive players who can be built around.
- If you missed it earlier, the Bears are going after another free agent cornerback to add to their depth.
- One piece of Bears depth has departed to compete with the depth over in Tennessee. The Titans agreed to terms with former Bears cornerback Demontre Hurst, who did a little bit of everything and was a key special teams contributor. With the move, Hurst becomes an experienced depth piece for a locker room that doesn’t have too many of either.
- It’s a major award:
Bears will hold their annual Ed Block Courage Award luncheon on Tuesday in Des Plaines. This year's winner: Pernell McPhee.
— Dan Wiederer (@danwiederer) April 3, 2017