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2012 NFL Combine: Bears GM Phil Emery Faces First Big Test In Indy

Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery is preparing for his first NFL Draft as a GM, and his biggest moment of his young career as lead man for the Bears front office comes with the 2012 NFL Combine in Indianapolis. With the No. 19 overall pick, Emery will no doubt have his eye on players like Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver Michael Floyd, South Carolina Gamecocks wideout Alshon Jeffery, Baylor Bears reciever Kendall Wright, Ohio State Buckeyes offensive tackle Mike Adams and Wisconsin Badgers center Peter Konz.

Regardless of who catches his eye, Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times caught up with Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff, who thinks Emery is equipped to succeed from the start:

"It's very beneficial coming in as a college director into the GM role because you know the draft, inside and out, by the time you get the job," Dimitroff said. "And you're not coming in as a pro director, where you're trying to learn the draft on the fly. That's very, very important."

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