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Phil Emery pushed Falcons to take Roddy White

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Unless you're the decision-maker, it's hard to know who to credit for the selection of a certain player.

But, when I spoke to Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay on Sunday, he didn't hesitate saying that Phil Emery was responsible for receiver Roddy White.

McKay was the president and general manager of the Falcons in 2004, when his assistant GM, Tim Ruskell, hired Emery. After Ruskell left for the Seattle Seahawks, Emery pushed hard for the Falcons to take Roddy White with the 27th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. Since he played at Alabama-Birmingham, McKay was a tad concerned. But Emery did extensive interviews and convinced everyone that he was the right player for the team.

White is a four-time Pro Bowl selection who has topped 1,000 receiving yards in five consecutive seasons. He's also scored 45 receiving touchdowns.

Obviously, the Bears could use a player of White's caliber.

Here's the story with insight from McKay.

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Thats nice to hear that Phil Emery was responsible for a player of Roddy White's caliber, and yes Chicago could use a player like White at receiver. Its gonna be interesting to see how Emery addresses the receiver problem? There are some nice options in free agency, namely Marques Colston and Dwayne Bowe. Phil Emery probably knows a little about what Bowe can do after working 3 seasons in KC. Maybe Emery makes a push for Bowe, especially since KC already has 2011 1st round receiver Jonathan Baldwin waiting for his shot? The draft is an option for Emery also, I doubt Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon will be around at #19, the Bears would have to trade up, and with so many needs, I can't see that happening. If they stay put at #19, I say take Rutgers Mohamed Sanu, the 6-2 receiver is very NFL ready like so many other players that have come out in the past drafts from the Rutgers program, especially since he's started 37 of 38 games. Sanu set a school and Big East record this season with 115 catches, 69 of his catches went for first downs. He's a big physical receiver that would look good at split end for the Bears.

If the Bears do go the free agent route for a receiver, I still say take Stanford guard David DeCastro, if he is even available at #19. DeCastro is a great pass protector and probably the drafts best run blocking guard, they gotta take him if he's there GO BEARS!!

They also say he pushed for Cade McNown.

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