Time’s just about up.
The three-day proceeding starts with the first round Thursday and the Bears, owners of the 14th pick, still need help on defense even after some big moves. So a little extra time to study the prospects suited Emery just fine.
Emery says that allowed the Bears to have “less-rushed conversations” as they try to weigh short-term gains against long-term benefits. The defense ranked among the league’s worst a year ago and was the biggest reason the Bears missed the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years at 8-8.