Every team goes into a draft, particularly a first round, hoping for two connected things to happen: that a top player is there for them when their turn comes, and that other teams cooperate with what they select.
Both worked out for the Bears on Thursday with Boise State defensive end Shea McClellin at No. 19. The Bears went into the round with a cluster of seven players rated high enough to warrant the 19th pick
The first round was marked by scrambling in the top seven as only the Indianapolis Colts drafted in their original spot. More important for the Bears, none of the teams were chasing defensive linemen.
The first D-lineman didnt go until No. 11 when the Kansas City Chiefs took nose tackle Dontari Poe, followed by Mississippi State tackle Fletcher Cox going to the Philadelphia Eagles, who traded up from No 15 to get Cox.
But the edge rushers were getting no play. Massive LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers went at No. 14 to the Rams and then Seattle made the first true shocking pick when they took Irvin.
Quinton Coples, projected by some to be a top-10 pick, was selected by the New York Jets at 16 where Rex Ryan was expected to grab an outside rusher instead. Then the Bengals took the third cornerback in the span of 12 picks when they chose Alabamas Dre Kirkpatrick.
The San Diego Chargers picking at No. 18 selected South Carolina pass-rushing end Melvin Ingram, one of the handful of players either brought in to Halas Hall for an extra meeting with coaches and scouts. That left McClellin and several other highly rated edge rushers on the board for the Bears.
The Bears had begun to get calls from teams looking to trade down as soon as the top 10 was in place and kept on getting them from teams both ahead and behind them in the draft order.
But we were happy that one of our seven possibilities was there, Emery said.
Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.
According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.
The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.
For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.
Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.
The Chicago Bears will kick off the fourth season of "Meet the Rookies" on June 25, a series that profiles four of the team's 2018 draft picks for a behind-the-scenes look at their journey to the NFL.
The four-episode series will air on ChicagoBears.com at 7:00 p.m from June 25 - 28 and will feature one rookie per night.
Monday's episode will cover the Bears' first-round pick, Roquan Smith. Selected with the eighth-overall pick, Smith is expected to become an instant-impact player on defense. He's expected to make an impact off the field, too, as a high-character leader. Smith's linebacker-mate Joel Iyiegbuniwe is the focus of Tuesday's episode, with Anthony Miller (Wednesday) and James Daniels (Thursday) rounding out Season 4.
For a deeper dive into what's in store in "Meet the Rookies," check out this description.