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  • Mocking the Mocks: A roundup of recent Bears mock drafts
    by Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. on March 30, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    Photo by David Becker/Getty Images We spotlight several recent mock drafts to see how the “experts” have the Bears picking. With free agency slowing down for the Chicago Bears, we wanted to jump back into some NFL Draft discussion for you guys by sharing some recent mock drafts. In case you missed it, the NFL announced that the draft will still take place as scheduled, however the surrounding Las Vegas fanfare has been cancelled. The first round will still be on Thursday, April 23, with rounds 2-3 on Friday, April 24, followed by rounds 4-7 on Saturday, April 25, but it will be a more laid back environment due to the current state of affairs in our country. Not all of these mocks went a full seven rounds, but each gave a few new prospects for us Bears’ fans to contemplate. After checking out what these draftniks gave the Bears be sure to check out some other players that were available when they mocked their pick to the Bears and let us know if you like the direction they took. First up, NFL.com’s Chad Reuter who went four rounds. 43) Grant Delpit, Safety, LSU 50) Brycen Hopkins, Tight End, Purdue I like the idea of getting Delpit, as I think he’d have a shot at some playing time on defense as a rookie, and possibly wining the job opposite Eddie Jackson at some point. I’m not so sure a second round tight end would be in the cards for the Bears now that they added Jimmy Graham. Penn State wide out K.J. Hamler goes off their board on the next pick and his speed would fit in nicely on the Bears. CBS Sports’ Ryan Wilson dropped a three-rounder and his included a trade for the Bears with the Patriots where New England receives Chicago’s pick at 50 with the Bears getting picks 87, 98 and 100. Round 2 - Pick 11 (43) Jacob Eason, QB, Washington • JR • 6’6” / 231 LBS PROSPECT RANK - 39th POSITION RANK - 5th Same as last week for the same reasons: Is Mitchell Trubisky the answer? How about Nick Foles? No? Then why not take a chance on the strong-armed QB from Washington who would’ve likely been a first-rounder had he returned to school in 2020. Getting a rookie quarterback on the team is a must, but I’m not sure the Bears would be looking for one in the second round, and if they do want one so early would Eason be the guy? Round 3 - Pick 23 (87) Michael Ojemudia, CB, Iowa • SR • 6’1” / 200 LBS PROSPECT RANK - 104th POSITION RANK - 14th Chicago signed Artie Burns but he’s not the long-term answer at CB. Round 3 - Pick 34 (98) Saahdiq Charles, OL, LSU • JR • 6’4” / 321 LBS PROSPECT RANK - 168th POSITION RANK - 35th Charles anchored the left tackle position at LSU and has the athleticism to be an NFL starter. Round 3 - Pick 36 (100) Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota • SR • 6’1” / 206 LBS PROSPECT RANK - 81st POSITION RANK - 13th Johnson put up huge numbers at Minnesota but questions about his deep speed could see him slip to Day 3. I think a trade back is definitely in the cards for Bears’ GM Ryan Pace and this haul would be a decent one. Of his three third round picks, my favorite is Charles because right now the Bears don’t have a swing tackle on the roster, and at the very least he’d be able to give the Bears depth as a rookie. Last week CBS Sports put out a full seven round mock courtesy of Josh Edwards, and here’s how he had the Bears picking. Round 2 - Pick 11 (43) Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama • SR • 6’1” / 205 LBS PROSPECT RANK - 28th POSITION RANK - 4th Chicago adds some length at the cornerback position in the absence of Prince Amukamara. Diggs was an outstanding high school wide receiver, just like his big brother Stefon, but his size, athleticism, and skills makes him a candidate to start at corner as a rookie. Round 2 - Pick 18 (50) Netane Muti, OL, Fresno State • JR • 6’3” / 315 LBS PROSPECT RANK - 62nd POSITION RANK - 11th Muti is a stud when healthy. His medical history is a bit scary, but he is the best interior offensive line prospect in this class when available. If healthy he has plenty of upside, but a couple Achilles injuries plus a Lisfranc (foot) injury makes him a gamble. Round 5 - Pick 17 (163) Devin Asiasi, TE, UCLA • SR • 6’3” / 257 LBS PROSPECT RANK - 158th POSITION RANK - 11th Asiasi was a bit of a surprising early draft declaration but he is a balanced tight end for a franchise that is clearly desperate to solve that position. The Graham signing takes tight end away as a need position, but Asiasi does project to the Y position, so maybe a year as a reserve would help him work on his skills. Round 6 - Pick 17 (196) Quintez Cephus, WR, Wisconsin • JR • 6’1” / 202 LBS PROSPECT RANK - 197th POSITION RANK - 30th Cephus is a really productive player. Jeff Okudah called Cephus his toughest assignment last season. I’ve seen Cephus mocked to the Bears a couple times now, and I’m not sure he’s the best fit. I’d rather the Bears look for a legit speed guy. Round 6 - Pick 21 (200) Brian Cole II, S, Mississippi State • SR • 6’2” / 213 LBS PROSPECT RANK - 163rd POSITION RANK - 13th Chicago has a couple solid safeties but the team is looking for depth and value at this point in the weekend. Round 7 - Pick 12 (226) Kamal Martin, LB, Minnesota • SR • 6’3” / 240 LBS PROSPECT RANK - 214th POSITION RANK - 18th Chicago lost Nick Kwiatkoski in free agency so this helps fill out depth. Round 7 - Pick 19 (233) McTelvin Agim, DL, Arkansas • SR • 6’3” / 309 LBS PROSPECT RANK - 212th POSITION RANK - 20th Agim is a big body that does not sacrifice burst. Depth play for the Bears. There’s a lot to unpack on that one, so check out his mock and let us know if that’s how you would have done it. Luke Easterling of the Draft Wire has a four round mock and here are his Bears picks. 43. Chicago Bears (from LV) | Cole Kmet | TE | Notre Dame 50. Chicago Bears | Damon Arnette | CB | Ohio State We’ve discussed Kmet quite a bit on WCG, but not so much with Arnette. Ohio State played him both outside and matched up in the slot during his four years as a Buckeye, and he has the physical nature to compete for playing time as a rookie. The Draft Network’s Joe Marino had the Bears sticking to the secondary in his recent three-round mock, and I think both these guys could be eventual starters. 43. Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama 50. Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne Dugger may be a small school prospect, but he impressed at the Senior Bowl and proved he belonged with the higher grade of competition. Do any of these mock drafts stand out to you in a good or a bad way? Who is your favorite prospect from these drafts? Add your take in our comment section!

  • Scouting this historically deep WR class
    by Jeff Berckes on March 30, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Is KJ Hamler the speedy threat the Bears need on offense? | Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Jeff and EJ dive into the WR draft class looking for speed... and finding it in spades At long last, Jeff and EJ break the seal on the 2020 NFL Draft preview with a look into this historically deep and talented Wide Receiver group. The guys cover fifteen names you need to know before the draft. There are guys that almost certainly will not play for the Bears like CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III, and Denzel Mims. However, this class is so deep that first and second round talents are going to fall deeper into the draft. We take a look at some of those players and late draft targets including: Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State Chase Claypool, Notre Dame Michael Pittman Jr., University of Southern California KJ Hamler, Penn State Jalen Reagor, TCU Van Jefferson, Florida Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan Bryan Edwards, South Carolina Devin Duvernay, Texas Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty So grab a beverage and join us for a fresh episode of Bears Over Beers! As mentioned in the episode, EJ did a deep breakdown of Hamler vs. Reagor with Brett Kohlman on his new project, Bootleg Football. Keep the conversation going on Twitter. Find us @gridironborn and @thedraftsmanfb.

  • Who is your favorite Bears player that never made a Pro Bowl?
    by Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. on March 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images With more players that donned the Navy and Orange in the Pro Football Hall of Fame than any other franchise, the Chicago Bears have a rich history. But it takes more than Hall Of Famers, or even Pro Bowlers for that matter, to play the game, which is why we recently asked our Twitter followers to give us their favorite Bears’ player to have never made a Pro Bowl. Over the summer I dropped my Top 100 Favorite Bears of All-Time list, and while the 2019 season could have altered some in my ranking, my number two guy remains unchanged. So with zero Pro Bowls in his 13 year Bears career, Keith Van Horne is my answer to the question. You guys came up with several answers, but the more prevalent were wide outs Tom Waddle and Curtis Conway, defensive ends Alex Brown and Israel Idonije, linebackers Doug Buffone and Hunter Hillenmeyer, and running backs Raymont Harris and Adrian Peterson. Here are some of the names you guys gave us in response to our Twitter question. Mike hartenstine— Michael Kehoe (@mkehoe703) March 28, 2020 Rosevelt Colvin— Jim Knebel (@Jim_Knebel) March 27, 2020 Red Grange— Tom Pollin (@tjpollin) March 27, 2020 Noah Jackson— Gary Hayden (@gedwardhayden) March 28, 2020 Rashied Davis and Earl Bennett.— Zach Geren (@zachoflawtrades) March 27, 2020 Roberto Garza— JayElectronicaStanAccount (@gottastory2tell) March 28, 2020 Reading all the names of former Bears was a fun social media walk down memory lane, so I wanted to bring the same question over here to spark some discussion on WCG too. Give me your favorite #Bears player that never made a Pro Bowl. pic.twitter.com/hV4DT3jcQp— Windy City Gridiron (@WCGridiron) March 27, 2020 Click on our names to follow us on Twitter: Jeff Berckes; Patti Curl; Eric Christopher Duerrwaechter; Kev H; Sam Householder; Jacob Infante; Aaron Lemming; Ken Mitchell; Steven Schweickert; Jack Silverstein; EJ Snyder; Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; Whiskey Ranger; Robert Schmitz; Robert Zeglinski; Bill Zimmerman; Like us on Facebook.

  • The Bear’s Den, March 30, 2020
    by Ken Mitchell on March 30, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Today’s Den photo is of a giant statue of former Bears great NFL Hall Of Famer Bronko Nagurski. It’s located outside of the Bronko Nagurski museum in International Falls, Minnesota, Bronko’s home town. Photo by Denmaster Ken. | Ken Mitchell We’ve got everything from talk of free agency plus a picture of a big-ass statue of Bronko Nagurski... THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL This week we are on to Metal Guitar Gods... and where else do we start but EVH? BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!! BEARRRSSSS For Jimmy Graham and the Bears, ‘business as usual’ was anything but - NBC Sports Chicago - It’s just another example of teams struggling to operate during the ongoing pandemic. Matt Nagy becomes latest to film a COVID-19 PSA for Bears fans - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears are certainly doing their part to get the stay-at-home message out. Former Packer T.J. Lang takes jab at Jimmy Graham’s blocking skills - NBC Sports Chicago - The questioning of the Jimmy Graham signing certainly seems to be a hot topic among Bears fans and one former Green Bay Packer. Ken’s Note: The next day that I care one damned bit about what a Packer’s opinion is will be the first day I ever have. Finding a Safety Later in Draft Has Been a Bears Specialty - SI.com - Bear Digest is a Sports Illustrated channel featuring Gene Chamberlain to bring you the latest News, Highlights, Analysis, Draft, Free Agency surrounding the Chicago Bears. Kyler Murray’s Cousin Has Top-End Speed Bears Need - SI.com - The abundance of wide receiver talent in this year’s draft makes it possible for the Bears to be picking in Round 2 and still come away with the speed receiver they feel they need to complete their corps. Picks For Pace Podcast: 2020 Offensive Line - We break down the offensive line prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft in the latest Pick’s for Pace podcast. Bear Report podcast: Free Agent roundtable - We break down free agency for the Chicago Bears with a special roundtable episode of the Bear Report podcast. Kyle Long: No Teammate More Supportive Than Jay Cutler - 670 The Score - While Jay Cutler was often criticized in Chicago during his tenure as Bears quarterback, teammates inside Halas Hall looked to him as a leader. One of those players who grew close with Cutler was offensive lineman Kyle Long, who joined the Bears as a rookie in 2013. Trubisky or Foles for Bears? Renteria for White Sox? - Chicago Sun-Times - We posed those questions and others on Twitter for a new weekly feature in our Sports Saturday edition. Here are your answers. Bears 2020 draft: Don’t get your hopes up - Chicago Sun-Times - Without a first-round pick and with only two picks before No. 163, the Bears aren’t in a great position to find immediate-impact rookies where they need them most. Column: It's impossible to summon sports outrage during coronavirus - Chicago Tribune - If you’re having difficulties summoning the sufficient outrage to be a sports fan during the coronavirus pandemic, you're not alone. Chicago Bears Free Agency Recap (with The Athletic's Kevin Fishbain) - Chicago Audible Podcast - The Chicago Bears made a number of moves in free agency, some big and some small, but is the team better? Letizia's 2020 Chicago Bears Mock Draft 2.0 (Post Free Agency Edition) - Chicago Audible Blog - Here's a complete 2020 Chicago Bears mock draft after free agency that includes a couple of trades back. Bears tight end Jimmy Graham needs a good QB more than a ‘hungry’ team - Chicago Sun-Times - The best thing Graham could hope to get from his new team is a competent quarterback. Bears fans, don’t get your hopes up for draft - Chicago Sun-Times - Without a first-round pick and with only two picks before No. 163, the Bears aren’t in a great position to find immediate-impact rookies where they need them most. Bears mailbag: How can the offensive line be fixed? How will Foles vs. Trubisky look? - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz answers your questions about the Bears, from what the offensive line will look like in 2020 to if Ryan Pace is done adding to the quarterback room. Are the Bears really the 2020 offseason’s biggest loser? Bleacher Report thinks so - NBC Sports Chicago - They say it could be “a disastrous free-agent period.” Ken’s Note: Every party needs a pooper, B/R, so that’s why we invited you! How Bears Look Different With Nick Foles at QB - SI.com - Adding another potential starting quarterback alters everything about the Chicago Bears. Former All-Pro Kelechi Osemele could be upgrade Bears need on O-line - Bears Wire - The Bears desperately need offensive line help at the guard position, so could Kelechi Osemele be the upgrade they’re looking for? Tank for Trevor Lawrence in 2020? Bears fans and experts debate - Bears Wire - The Bears are in win-now mode. But would they be better off trying to tank for next year’s NFL Draft prize in Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence? ESPN: Mitchell Trubisky has ‘inside track’ in Bears’ QB competition - Bears Wire - The Bears will hold an open QB competition with Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles, and Trubisky appears to have the advantage...for now. RIP Former Broncos receiver Orlando McDaniel dies from COVID-19 - ProFootballTalk - Orlando McDaniel, who played three games for the Broncos in 1982, has become the first known NFL-related death from COVID-19. McDaniel was 59. POLISH SAUSAGE Cam Newton posts video of throwing session, with a new message - ProFootballTalk - Four days after the Panthers dumped quarterback Cam Newton, he continues to prepare for his second act. But he wants one thing to be clear: He’s no long shot. Thanks to pandemic, playing ability will reign supreme at NFL draft - Chicago Sun-Times - No wining and dining means less a chance to fall in love with a player’s “character,’’ as the Bears did with Mitch Trubisky’s. KNOW THINE ENEMY Green Bay: Nobody cares Detroit: Nobody cares Minnesota: Nobody cares IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON Zeglinski: Robert Quinn is the feather in the Bears’ cap - Windy City Gridiron - Quinn’s looming arrival completes a three-headed monster of a pass rush. Wiltfong: Chicago Bears Weekend Free Agency Tracker - Windy City Gridiron - Don’t look now, but the Cordarrelle Patterson recruitment of Kelechi Osemele is heating up. Wiltfong: Are the Bears headed in the right direction? - Windy City Gridiron - Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL. Throughout the offseason, we send 32 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Bears fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse. Wiltfong: Early over/under win totals for the NFC North has Bears in third - Windy City Gridiron - We check in on the early odds for the NFC North, plus take a look at some of the high and low teams. THE RULES Windy City Gridiron Community Guidelines - SBNation.com - We strive to make our communities open and inclusive to sports fans of all backgrounds. The following is not permitted in comments. No personal attacks, politics, gender based insults of any kind, racial insults, etc. WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS Windy City Gridiron Podcast Channel which includes Bear With Me from Robert Schmitz, Bears Over Beers featuring Jeff Berckes & EJ Snyder, Bears Banter hosted by Bill Zimmerman, and T Formation Conversation from Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.; Steven’s Streaming Twitch Channel from Steven Schweickert; and Robert Zeglinski’s The Blitz Network Click on our names to follow us on Twitter: Jeff Berckes; Patti Curl; Eric Christopher Duerrwaechter; Kev H; Sam Householder; Jacob Infante; Aaron Lemming; Ken Mitchell; Steven Schweickert; Jack Silverstein; EJ Snyder; Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; Whiskey Ranger; Robert Schmitz; Robert Zeglinski; Bill Zimmerman; Like us on Facebook.

  • Chicago Bears Weekend Free Agency Tracker
    by Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. on March 30, 2020 at 2:06 am

    Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Don’t look now, but the Cordarrelle Patterson recruitment of Kelechi Osemele is heating up. On March 20, Chicago Bears junior-general-manager-in-training, Cordarrelle Patterson, continued shooting his shot on Twitter by hitting up his former teammate, offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele. It was a simple ‘what’s up’ with a reply of ‘what’s good’ from Osemele four days later, but then Patterson quickly sprung into action with a, “What you think about joining @ChicagoBears???” A couple more days passed before Osemele responded with a, “Let’s get it bro,” right before retweeting a Khalil Mack meme inspired clip — he played with Mack too — from the Bears Twitter account. If the story ended there, it probably wouldn’t be much of a story, but at 9:16 on Friday night, Osemele dropped the eyeball emoji while tagging his agent as a response to Patterson’s question about joining the Bears. This could just be some Twitter sleuthing overreaction, or maybe the 30-year old, two-time Pro Bowler is really looking to bounce back after his shoulder surgery with a team that could use some o-line help, the Bears. And maybe, just maybe, Osemele is looking for the familiarity of working with someone that coached him for three seasons in Baltimore, current Bears offensive line coach Juan Castillo. Stay tuned... The full list of Bears’ transactions can be found below the horizontal line, and for the latest news and rumors today just keep reading as we’ll be updating this tracker all day long... Sunday, March 29: In Brad Biggs’ recent article at the Chicago Tribune, he wrote that Allen Robinson has reached out to new Bears QB Nick Foles telling him, “I know it’s a new place for him, so I told him if he had any questions to feel free to reach out.” Saturday, March 28: It was a quiet day for both news and rumors, so if anything breaks today we’ll be all over it... Brand New Bears Nick Foles, QB (Acquired on 3/18) Jimmy Graham, TE (Signed on 3/16) Demetrius Harris, TE (Signed on 2/21) Germain Ifedi, OL (Signed on 3/25) Robert Quinn, OLB (Signed on 3/17) Barkevious Mingo, OLB (Signed on March 22) Artie Burns, CB (Signed on March 21) Jordan Lucas, SS (Signed on March 22) Tre Roberson, CB (Signed on 1/30) Bears Re-signed Danny Trevathan, ILB (Re-signed on March 12) Devante Bond, LB (Re-signed on February 22) Isaiah Irving, OLB (Re-signed on March 20) Roy Robertson-Harris, DL (Re-signed on March 13) Deon Bush, S (Re-signed on March 20) Brent Urban, DE (Re-signed on March 23) DeAndre Houston-Carson, S (Re-signed on 3/23) Rashaad Coward, OL (Re-signed) J.P. Holtz, TE (Re-signed) Tyler Bray, QB (Re-signed on 3/25) Patrick Scales, LS (Re-signed on March 19) Remaining Bears Free Agents Sherrick McManis, DB Aaron Lynch, OLB Bradley Sowell, TE Ted Larsen, G T.J. Clemmings, RT Bear Contracts Restructured or Extended Cody Whitehair, OL (link) Bears Signed Elsewhere Leonard Floyd, OLB (Signed by the Rams) Chase Daniel, QB (Signed with the Lions) Nick Kwiatkoski, ILB (Signed by the Raiders) Kevin Pierre-Louis, ILB (Signed by the Redskins) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S (Signed by Dallas) Nick Williams, DT (Signed by the Lions on 3/16) Cornelius Lucas, LT (Signed by the Redskins on 3/19) ** Do not put fake reports in the comment section. **

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