CHICAGO – “And with the 20th pick in the first round of the NFL draft, the Chicago Bears select …”
Wait, you wanted us to finish that sentence?
Hang on until sometime after 9 p.m., and we should have an answer for you.
Then again, it’s possible the Bears will trade down in the draft, and everyone will have to stay up past bedtime (or wait until Friday) for a selection.
Barring any trades, the Bears have the No. 20 overall pick in today’s first round. They also have a pick in the second round (No. 50) on Friday, as well as selections in fourth round (No. 117), fifth round (No. 153) and sixth round (No. 188) on Saturday.
As for the Bears’ third-round selection, that now belongs to the Miami Dolphins because of the Brandon Marshall trade. That deal worked out all right, we think.
Meanwhile, the Bears’ seventh-round selection bounced to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and then to the New England Patriots. Think of it as a hot-potato pick. Maybe it will change hands a few more times in the days ahead.
But what matters most is today’s first round. The Bears and every other team are allotted 10 minutes to make their selections, although some will decide faster.
In 2012, the first round finished in three hours on the nose. That equaled about 5 minutes and 37 seconds per pick, and if that pace holds true today, then the Bears should announce their selection at 9:15 p.m. or so.
Below are seven possible picks if the Bears remain at No. 20. But don’t be surprised if general manager Phil Emery selects an unexpected player instead. After all, who predicted that he would hire a head coach from the Canadian Football League?
• Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
Freakish athlete (6-3, 242) with checkered past; can play inside, outside linebacker
• D.J. Fluker, OL, Alabama
Behemoth blocker (6-5, 339) who could provide an upgrade at guard or tackle
• Jonathan Cooper, OL, North Carolina
Safe-pick interior lineman (6-2, 311) who could play either guard position
• Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
Sure tackler (6-1, 241) who served as team captain for 11-2 Wildcats in 2012
• Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Big, versatile tight end (6-6, 250) with ability to make big plays downfield
• Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Physical defender, four-year starter with two older brothers playing in the NFL
• Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
Run-stuffing lineman (6-3, 313) who could join Henry Melton, Stephen Paea