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NFL Draft 2012: Bears Targeting 'Core Of About 7 Players' With 1st Rd. Pick, According To GM Phil Emery

Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery said Monday that he and his staff are considering a pool of about seven prospects with their first round pick. The Bears, who have the 19th selection of the first round, figure to have some wide receivers and defensive linemen in that mix.

Emery also spoke about the flexibility that's been afforded them by their offseason acquisitions:

''What we've done in free agency really allows us a chance to go one way or the other,'' Emery said Monday at a pre-draft press conference at Halas Hall. ''We can draft into a perceived strength so that we make sure we get the player that's going to help us win a championship the quickest way possible. Or we can go and fill maybe what we perceive as a need. So it has given us great flexibility.''

Related: NFL Draft 2012: Bears Open To Making Trades, Impressed With WR, DL Depth

The 2012 NFL Draft gets underway on Thursday, April 26.

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