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Why Bears Could Use A Young Starting Safety

The last time the Bears selected a safety in the first three rounds of the NFL draft was a decade ago.

In his first draft, GM Phil Emery took Brandon Hardin of Oregon State in Round 3.

That one didn’t quite work out for the Monsters of the Midway.

Hardin had a neck injury and missed all of 2012, then came back the next training camp and was cut. A third round pick and No. 79 overall, Hardin never played a down in the NFL.

Maybe it scared them off of safeties early in drafts, but after Emery GM Ryan Pace felt there were always talented players at the position to start Day 3 and no need to take this position early. He proved it with Adrian Amos, Eddie Jackson, Deon Bush and DeAndre Houston-Carson.

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