Best player available

To Bears head coach <!--Default NodeId For Dick Jauron is 449099,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:449099]>Dick Jauron</A>, draft day is one of the most exciting times of the year, but it will be critical to his long-term success in <!--Default NodeId For Chicago is 115,2005--><A HREF=>Chicago</A>.

"You know, there's always a surprise during the draft," he said. "You think that you have a pretty good idea who each team will be taking, then out of the blue somebody will pull up a player you may not have ever considered to be early round material."

At this point the Bears could go several different ways with their initial pick in the draft. Quarterback, cornerback and defensive line are all viable options. With so many needs the team can lean toward the best player at a position rather than trying to simply fill a hole.

"I think that there are a lot of good players out there, and that we have an excellent chance of drafting a few of them," Jauron said. "We are coming into this process without any preconceived notions, but we do want a player who make an impact."

While Jauron considers the combine and various tryout days to be an important part of the draft process, he is also looking for intangibles.

"There are a lot of good players available this year," Jauron said. "We think that this is a remarkably deep draft for a variety of positions."

For Jauron, the weeks and months leading up to the draft have been an intensive learning process.

"I'd say that we know more about the prospects than we did two months ago, and a lot more about them than we knew even a few weeks ago. It seems that new information is coming in to Halas Hall through our scouts on a daily basis."

There are several factors that go in selecting a player, especially when choosing in the top-five. Testing a player's speed, leaping ability and strength are all important to the process.

However, increasingly important are the immeasurables.

"What's the player's background? It can be hard coming to play in a big city like Chicago with all the media attention if that's something you're not used to. We also look at the guy's character. Can he be a team player? How much does he want to win? All these are pretty important things for the coaches and the scouts to consider."

With a #4 pick and a pressing need at many positions, Jauron wants to find the best available player who will fill Bears overall needs.

"This guy might be a quarterback," Jauron said. "There's surely been a lot of talk about that. Maybe he'll end up being a defensive player. There are a number of excellent prospects in those positions. The whole process is almost like a romance. You fall in love with a player, then he's gone. Should you have done more to get him? But then you see someone else you like just as much, so you choose him. The bottom line is to find an impact player, somebody who will make a difference when you are trying to win the game."

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