April 26, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; General manager Phil Emery (left) and head coach Marc Trestman (right) stand with first-round selection of guard Kyle Long (center) from Oregon University during a Chicago Bears press conference at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Reid Compton-USA TODAY Sports

Bears GM Emery: Combine prep mimics gameday

Like most teams, the Chicago Bears will be looking to gain as much information as they can about the prospects on display at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Most teams will rely on personal interviews and raw numbers to evaluate players, but Bears general manager Phil Emery sees another metric to grade possible draft picks. He recently told ChicagoBears.com that there is a link between how players perform during the combine and how they will perform on gameday.

“Seeing players perform under pressure and under the glare of all the sets of eyes from the league and all the sets of eyes on television tells us a little something about how the players prepare and how they attack the task of getting ready for the Combine,” Emery said. “It’s very much like attacking the task of getting ready for a game. So it does tell us a lot there.”

Emery still believes in gaining information about players based on measurables and interviews, but he said he looks at the combine in terms of “putting the complete picture together of the player.”

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