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Ceiling more important than floor with Emery

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Ceiling more important than floor with Emery

How much different the Bears would be under new GM Phil Emery, given that he is operating with essentially the same personnel department and staff as predecessor Jerry Angelo, will be the single biggest story line of 2012 and probably 2013.

Sports Illustrated NFL maven Peter King, in his latest Monday Morning Quarterback, points out perhaps the main change that already has gone into the Bears draft, which is the reason Angelo is no longer GM (that and Jay Cutlers fractured thumb).

Angelo and college scouting director Greg Gabriel used the floor approach with high picks whats the worst the player could be. In theory, it is a conservative, measured tack on talent decisions.

But Emery has espoused the riskier ceiling methodology I want players with high ceilings, with the largest capacity for growth.

Its notable in more than the draft. Emery taking a flyer on Brandon Marshall is betting heavily that Marshalls upside includes his dealing with Borderline Personality Disorder. In Marshalls case that is a distant equivalent of looking at tight end Evan Rodriguez from Temple, who has had maturity issues, and going for his ceiling with a fourth-round pick in this years draft.

Risk-reward. The equation indeed has morphed under Emery.

Cubs Talk Podcast: What would it take for the Cubs to trade Kris Bryant?

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Cubs Talk Podcast: What would it take for the Cubs to trade Kris Bryant?

Luke Stuckmeyer, David Kaplan and Tony Andracki break down the Kris Bryant trade rumors.

01:00 - How much truth is there to the "Will Kris Bryant be traded" story?

04:25 - Is there any package a team could offer that would give the Cubs what they value Kris Bryant at?

05:35 - Who is the most untouchable player on the Cubs roster?

08:55 - Will Kris Bryant be in Chicago long enough to wear a Cubs hat if he makes it to Cooperstown?

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12:00 - Is Nolan Aranado a match in a possible trade for Bryant

16:00 - If MVP is Bryant's ceiling, what is his floor?

17:00 - Any players who had a shoulder issue like Bryant had who never bounced back?

19:00 - Would a Noah Syndergard for Kris Bryant trade make sense?

20:20 - Could Josh Donaldson be a target for the Cubs?

21:00 - Is all this Bryant talk much ado about nothing

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