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LAKE FOREST, Ill. Kris Dunn Jersey . - Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery was so busy in free agency he didnt mind having a few extra weeks to prepare for the draft. Times just about up. The three-day proceeding starts with the first round Thursday and the Bears, owners of the 14th pick, still need help on defence even after some big moves. So a little extra time to study the prospects suited Emery just fine. "I love it, honestly. Ive heard reports of people complaining about it," he said. "I dont know what theyre complaining about." The draft was pushed back about two weeks because of a scheduling conflict at New Yorks Radio City Music Hall. Emery said that allowed the Bears to have "less-rushed conversations" as they try to weigh short-term gains against long-term benefits. The defence ranked among the leagues worst a year ago and was the biggest reason the Bears missed the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years at 8-8. The Bears have been busy addressing that, bringing in Jared Allen and parting with Julius Peppers in an effort to spark a defence that ranked 30th overall, last against the run, and tied Jacksonville with a league-low 31 sacks. They still need help on the line, at linebacker and in the secondary, particularly at safety. Chicago has one pick in each of the first five rounds (Nos. 14, 51, 82, 117 and 156) and two in the sixth round (183 and 191). With that in mind, here are five things to know about the draft. STILL ON THE DEFENSIVE: Emery said he has six candidates for the 14th pick assuming the Bears keep it, and theres a good chance hell go with a defensive player even though he wasnt ruling out offence. Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Alabama free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert could be strong possibilities for Chicago. ROLL THE DICE: Emery showed in his first two drafts hes not afraid to take a chance on a first-round pick. He gambled on Shea McClellin in 2012 and did it again with Kyle Long last year. The results? Hes batting .500 so far. Long was a hit at right guard even though he made just five starts in his lone season at Oregon. McClellin is a swing and miss so far and is moving from defensive end to linebacker. At least Emery hit it big in the second round in 2012 with receiver Alshon Jeffery, who broke out last season with 1,421 yards receiving. PASS ON QB?: Emery insisted hes comfortable with Jordan Palmer backing up Jay Cutler and that hes not in favour of grooming a quarterback drafted in the later rounds as a potential starter down the line. "That developmental theory doesnt hold a whole lot of water," he said. Starting with the 2006 class, Emery examined how quarterbacks drafted after the third round fared. He didnt find a long-term starter, let alone another Tom Brady. Mostly, it was a collection of third-stringers, many of whom did not last long in the league. "Most of the starters in this league come from the first and second round. So thats where you need to take a quarterback," he said. The idea of pairing a late-round QB with coach Marc Trestman doesnt seem to interest him. "Im more intrigued with how Marc matches up with Jay and Jordan and Jerrod (Johnson)," he said. PLAYING IT SAFE-TY: Emery declared the starting safety spots "wide open" with the struggling Chris Conte back and Major Wright gone. Theyve brought in Ryan Mundy and M.D. Jennings and figure to add more help in the draft. The Bears have also scouted college cornerbacks with length with the idea of converting them to safeties, although that carries some risk. MAKING A MOVE: Emery said hes fielded calls from teams looking to move up to No. 14. He also indicated trading up is unlikely, saying such moves are "expensive." ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL Toni Kukoc Jersey . -- Damian Lillard couldnt believe when he got a clear look at the rim. Custom Chicago Bulls Jerseys .C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes have activated defenceman Joni Pitkanen from injured reserve.PARIS - Despite their poor results at the Paris Masters, France captain Arnaud Clement is sticking with his regular players for the Davis Cup final against Switzerland.Clement has picked four players — Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon — for a training camp in Bordeaux ahead of the final from Nov. 21-23 in the northern city of Lille.He can still make changes to the team ahead of the final although Clement said its unlikely he will call up new players at the last minute.I think about other players too, but in my mind today, those who have a chance of going on court in Lille are the four players I mentioned, and I want to focus the preparation on them, Clement said at a news conference on Saturday.No French player advanced past the third round in Paris but the French captain is adamant he is not worried before hosting a formidable Swiss team led by the in-form Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka.The players who had to stop because of injuries were able to play, Clement said. They played good matches, and that was a good thing. I believe this is positive. Now that they are reassured about their condition, they can focus on the Davis Cup. It is their main goal.Gasquet, who played a decisive part in Frances win over defending champion Czech Republic in the semifinals, lost in the second round in Paris and has won just three matches in his past four tournaments. Simons campaign was stopped immediately by Fernando Verdasco while Tsonga and Monfils bowed out in the third round, against Kei Nishikori and Novak Djokovic, respectively. Dennis Rodman Jersey. Monfils, who thought about pulling out from the event because of a knee injury, showed signs of improvement during a tight second set with Djokovic.Richard is extremely motivated by this Davis Cup. He has his mind set on it, Clement said. And I was very pleased with the level of Gael and Jo, also against players who are playing very well. They lost in the end, but I believe those matches were very interesting.France picked indoor clay to host Switzerland in a bid to thwart Federers quest for a first win in the team competition. With the best-of-five series scheduled five days after the ATP finals, the French team is betting that Wawrinka and Federer — who qualified for the year-end event — will struggle to adapt to clay, a surface on which both Tsonga and Gasquet have beaten the 17-time Grand Slam champion.Clement added that Julien Benneteau, who will also be playing at the O2 in London in the doubles tournament, could join his teammates in Bordeaux for the final days of the training camp from No. 10-16.The Davis Cup final will be held at the 27,000-capacity Pierre Mauroy Stadium, under a retractable roof. France is third on the list of all-time winners and bidding for a 10th title. Switzerland is looking for its first.Switzerland reached the final only once before, losing in 1992 against a United States team of Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, John McEnroe and Pete Sampras. Cheap Arizona Cardinals Jerseys Cheap Falcons Jerseys Cheap Ravens Jerseys Cheap Bills Jerseys Cheap Panthers Jerseys Cheap Bears Jerseys Cheap Bengals Jerseys Cheap Browns Jerseys Cheap Cowboys Jerseys Cheap Broncos Jerseys Cheap Lions Jerseys Cheap Packers Jerseys Cheap Texans Jerseys Cheap Colts Jerseys Cheap Jaguars Jerseys Cheap Chiefs Jerseys ' ' '

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