Chicago Bears Mock Draft 3.0: Mid-Free Agency Version
It is never a bad idea to walk away from the top 50 picks and see two SEC players who play premium positions on your roster. Martin Emerson is flying under the radar because of the higher-end corners in this class.
There is a chance that five or maybe even more cornerbacks get drafted in the first round. The thirst for defenders on the outside is going to force Chicago to take one early and avoid the risk of losing out on any quality talent at the position.
Martin Emerson is exactly what the Chicago Bears would want in a cornerback under Matt Eberflus. Emerson is much better in zone coverage and keeping things in front of him. In that space, he can jump routes, attack the football and make plays with his smarts, and hustle.
His NFL combine wasn’t blazing, but he compares favorably to Rasul Douglas in the NFL, and you can see how Douglas has thrived once he found a scheme that let him keep things in front of him.
In man, Emerson can get beaten over the top and does not have the elite speed to recover that warrants a first-round pick. Still, at pick 50 the pedigree and tape show a player who contributes in the NFL next year.