Rex Grossman #8 of the Chicago Bears participates in warm-ups before a game against the San Francisco 49ers on August 21, 2008 at Soldier Field in Chicago.
With the draft less than two weeks away, the Bears staff is in their last stages of draft preparation. They're scouring the country to find the perfect players for the Bears.
One of their hardest decisions is whether to go with a player who is safe, but doesn't have as much potential to grow, or with a player who is raw and unfinished, but can be a star with the right coaching.
But Jerry Angelo and the rest of the Bears staff should take comfort in the fact that no matter how much preparation they do, there is no such thing as a "safe" pick.
The Bears draft history illustrates this.
Michael Haynes was the Big 10 defensive player of the year, leading the conference in sacks for Penn State. Rex Grossman's QB rating hovered around 146 for most of his career at Florida and was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy.
They both seemed like safe picks for the Bears, yet neither had long successful careers in Chicago. On the other hand, if the Bears hadn't taken chances, they wouldn't have found players like Lance Briggs and Johnny Knox.
That doesn't mean the Angelo and his team shouldn't do their due dilligence on players. But the idea that the Bears will have a pick who is safe is just silly, something history has proven time and time again.