By Mike Cuddy on April 28, 2014
With the 14th overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears would do best to bring in help on the defensive side of the ball. I would like to assume GM Phil Emery is wise enough to stay defensive with this pick, so I kept the scenarios on that side of the ball. Of course, if the team goes for an offensive position or decides to trade up for a player, those would indeed be the worst-case scenarios for this pick.
While Nix does have possible first-round talent, he does not fit well with this Bears defense. The team is in desperate need of depth along the interior defensive line, though they should look in a direction of a more athletic 3-technique player.
Ward has been touted as the third-best safety in this draft, though he may be a bit of a reach this early in the first round. The Bears definitely could use a playmaker at Safety, though if Calvin Pryor and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix are already off the board here, they should hold off until the second round for Ward if he is still available, or Deone Bucannon.
With the Bears' aging linebacker corps, they could add some depth at the position if the right player is available. Shazier is a great talent, but once again does not fit in with what the Bears need out of this pick. Shazier lacks pass rushing skills and will need some time to adjust to the pro game, which is time the Bears cannot afford.
Barr is reportedly among the players the Bears hosted for private workouts leading up to the NFL draft, though hopefully they do not have a lot of hope for him. Barr is a good pass rusher off the edge, though the Bears have already added two of those this offseason in Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston. Adding another wouldn't be beneficial with this pick.
Hageman may turn into a great pick in this draft, though he has a good amount of baggage attached. Concern over his character is the main reason why Hageman has slid down the draft board toward the end of the first round. As is also the case with Louis Nix III, the Bears would be best served to stay with a quicker 3-technique player such as Aaron Donald if they want a defensive lineman with this pick.
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