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Scott Wright of NFL Draft Countdown on the 2014 NFL Draft [AUDIO]

| April 29th, 2014

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Another fantastic conversation with Scott Wright, who did a fine job getting me excited for next week. Topics discussed:

    • Justin Gilbert’s dynamic return skills ALONE might have made him a top 100 player.
    • Our love affair with Aaron Donald’s tape.
    • The drop-off at tight end after after Eric Ebron.
    • Who the “reach” might be for Phil Emery in the first round. (Answer: safety Deone Bucannon)
    • What non-QB might find himself falling down the board on draft night. (Answer: CJ Mosley)
    • Scott’s Plan A, Plan B and Plan C for the first round selection of Phil Emery.

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  • Big Mike

    I was torn about posting before listening.. Sterling ban good for sports.

    • SC Dave

      But not necessarily for free speech. I really, seriously, question whether a black man making a similar comment about whites would even have made the news, let alone result in a ban and $2.5M fine.

      That being said, the asshole should at least be smarter than that.

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        Dave, the fact that it was an owner of a league dominated by blacks and viewed by the black community as a central sport and social interaction tool. It has deeper implications if that let that insane shit slide for bball. It’s just different in this case i have to admit.

        • MB30SD

          Agree yonny.

          This is the thought I had to johnny’s post last thread… which I agree with at it’s core, but it’s a different case because it’s the NBA.

        • SC Dave

          I don’t disagree really, Johnny. But how many guys have ever been run OUT of anything at all for making racist comments about whites? Hell, it seems more like they get run IN by doing so – the shit that Jesse J, Sharpton, et al spew…

      • Trac

        Free speech only pertains to being protected from being arrested for stating your views and opinions. It has absolutely nothing to do with civil actions. Smh.

        • SC Dave

          Are you a lawyer, Trac?

          So far as I understand it, civil actions require *proof* on the part of the plaintiff that direct libel resulting in actual damages occurred. The NBA has offered no proof, and Sterling has been allowed no defense. The league acted as accuser, judge, jury, and executioner.

          That people are so comfortable with that seems unfortunate evidence of the totalitarian path the US has been on since the Patriot Act.

          • There have ALWAYS been SOCIAL repercussions for free speech, SC.
            Remember watching “The Patriot”? that scene where they walk into a pub and yell, “God Save the Queen!” and the whole bar gets up and is about to tar and feather them?

            You walk into a Native American reservation and start calling them Redskins, there’s going to be consequences.

            The Government didn’t come in and force the NBA to fire Sterling, right? A private multibillion dollar corporation fired an employee that would hurt their bottom line. What can be more American than that?

            I do agree though that all this TMZ surveillance is getting out of hand. How many of us have sputtered vile garbage when in a physical fight, or heated argument with a chick, family member, etc? I know I’m not throwing any stones, but if you’re high profile, there’s a price, and that price is usually “privacy”.

          • Trac

            Guys like Sterling give validation to Haynesworth’s slavery comments and that in itself is a shame.

          • Trac

            Dave, that owner represents more that a few things that are wrong in this country. I will not spend my time defending him and in my opinion, the erosion of the constitution is beyond repair so you really are wasting your breath and I think you’re failing to make the distinction between civil actions and inalienable rights and if this owners wants to, he can go to the courts for recourse.

          • Trac

            The first amendment states that ‘Congress shall make no law respecting
            an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
            or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the
            people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a
            redress of grievances.’. This is a right to all people in the United
            States.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            ….and article one states that nobody other than the elected shall create wealth, yet the private cartel of the banks that make up The Fed are robbing your country blind nonetheless. The Sixteenth amendment never ratified any new laws regarding the income tax, ergo it is unconstitutional. But as you said yourself Trac … the erosion of the constitution is beyond repair. And well put too.

            It seems George W was right all along. It’s just a piece of paper.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Sterling subscribed to the NBA Bylaws when he bought the franchise. Those Bylaws say he is subject to sanctions by the commissioner.

        Yes, Sterling has PILES of money to throw at attorneys but according to a couple of the on air legal eagles, those bylaws subject him to settling his grievances with the league rulings via arbitration meaming the first thing a court is going to do when he tries to sue is tell him he has to arbitrate.

        I understand the rules of evidence in an arbitration hearing are not nearly as tight as those in a court of law. Uh-oh.

        If he loses the arbitration and THEN tries to sue?
        Well, good luck, Donald.

        One need look no further than A-Rod, who ALSO had plenty of money to throw at attorneys, to see about trying to get a court to overturn an arbitration decision.

        A-Rod abandoned that effort after about a week. Probably because HIS legal eagles said “You’ve got a snowball’s chance in hell, Alex.”

        As for forcing Sterling to sell?

        It take 3/4 of the owners to approve THAT drastic move.

        A) Will THAT many owners be willing to set THAT precedent?

        B) What happens when Don starts spewing stories (true or not) or just threatening to spew stories about fellow owners who feel the same way HE does?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Say, did that arrogant slob, David Stern, hit-the-silk and bail out JUST in time or what?

      • AlbertInTucson

        There’s no law against me saying my boss is an S.O.B.

        But if he hears about, my butt is history as an employee.

  • SC Dave

    I think Wright’s comment about never signing a RB to a second contract (“ever Peterson or Forte”) is ignorant in the extreme.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Do you know how many top college players play through pain?

      • SC Dave

        It does not matter, Jeff. If you are arguably a “once a decade” talent, you would be an idiot to risk injury by playing at less than 100% BEFORE getting the NFL contract.

        As I recall, Isiah Thomas asked Bob Knight whether he should declare for the draft or continue to play for Indiana, and Knight told him he’s be an IDIOT to pass the contract.

      • Cormonster

        Great interview Jeff. Better than all the other draft specials I’ve watched combined.

    • Cormonster

      I also don’t buy the argument against a second contract for running backs. A few guys were overpaid recently, and the contracts made me shake my head, but the Forte and Petersen deals have been worth every penny. Both guys are extremely productive and have histories of playing effectively through pain and injuries.
      Just because a few late round picks have had productive seasons does not equate to top running backs being “easily replaceable” or not worth the value. Forte has averaged over 100 yards per game over his 6 year career. He averaged almost 120 yards per game last year. That’s over 33% of the offensive production. That puts him in the “elite” category in my mind. Very few backs in the history of the league have put up those kind of numbers.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Makes it even more important to have a RB roster there to absorb any absence.

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    Ok, i had to post. Just want to say that i respect the work that the police and fire do for the city, it sucks and it’s difficult. With that being said, our police chief is a political fluffer girl who is toeing the party line so badly that he has the audacity to blame the violence in our black and latino communities on simply guns and nothing else and then in the same breath will discredit anyone who calls him out about his “strategies” that don’t work because they are focused on collecting weapons instead of getting known killers and gang members off of the streets. Also, no discussion on the culture of violence that pervades our urban dwellers..

    So, McCarthy, weather has nothing to do with it and it’s not just a matter of time before a guy involved in the gang and drug game is going to make a move ???

    http://crime.chicagotribune.com/

    A 4th grader could follow this chart. A 7th grader could put together a logic progression about it. It takes a group of adults with an agenda to ignore it. It’s time for an honest discussion.

    Rant over, back to our wet dreams over a franchise safety.

    • SC Dave

      Hot down, summer in the city. It is striking how much higher the rates are in the warmer months.

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        i didn’t even want to post it but yet another kid was gunned down this week by a friend over a boy and our police chief, wearing his american flag pin, just fucking itching for a chance to be top cop of the country, specifically addresses gun control right off the bat. Not that blacks and latinos are killing each other like fucking hotcakes and that the killings happen in the same areas over and over and over and over. He had the audacity to say this would have been a fist fight but because of our gun laws it was a murder. Not that the gun was stolen out of a fucking car, not caring about who stole it and how it just so happened to end up in the hands of someone that gave it to the murderer. Not that it just so happened to be stolen and then just so happened to be used in the commission of a senseless crime. Nope, don’t worry about that.

        It’s even more sad when you think about why crime happens more in summer months. Really think about why that is the case and get depressed. The reasons are not very encouraging.

        • Cormonster

          Waffle, did you ever listen to the This American Life two part series on Harper High School in Chicago? The killings and shootings are so sad and senseless. I try to make sense of it and think of possible solutions, but I don’t even know where to start. So many young kids shot or killed for no real reason. It’s heartbreaking, but worth a listen.
          http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/487/harper-high-school-part-one

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Yeah, it’s sickening to the point where I cannot turn on the local news because that’s all it ever talks about, violent Chicago and NWI kid on kid and/or gang crimes. Not looking forward to the warmer nights around this area.

        • SC Dave

          An argument for year-round school?

          • MB30SD

            are the kids doing this stuff really in school all day? Or are you just thinking about minimizing the collateral damage?

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            year round school wouldn’t work because the union would never go for that. It’s also a culture thing and not a school thing. this shit happens at night and on the weekends. Although on special occasions you’ll get your daytime drive by.

          • SC Dave

            Gotcha… I was thinking that school might … how to say… keep people busy doing something not so destructive.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Year-round school doesn’t affect kids that don’t go to school anyway.

  • MB30SD

    Daaaaaave… did you listen to the 6:00 – 9:16 part?

    …mmmMMMMMM?!

    • SC Dave

      The beauty is, no one knows. Otherwise why watch the draft? Kinda like why they play the games on Sundays instead of declaring Belicheat the SB champ (or whoever the current darlings are).

      Of the last three, I would say based on the interview that Gilbert makes the most sense. But we’ll probably spend the rest of our lives waiting for the next Devin Hester. Damn that shit was good while it lasted…

      • MB30SD

        true story my maings.

        Here’s my plan A, B, C:

        (I assume donald and dix are gone)

        A – Pryor
        B – Gilbert
        C – Dennard

        • DaBearsBlog

          I’m with you, MB. I think Donald is going earlier than people expect.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, I don’t think he or dix makes it to us… and possibly not gilbert either.

            I think in that scenario, pryor makes too much sense to instead take a flyer on Dennard. You?

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            i think Bortles and Manziel go in top 10 so that means we have real shot at Donald, Dix, Pryor or Gilbert

          • MB30SD

            hope it shapes out that way.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Was always gone in the top ten for me. But maybe Emery only has eyes for Donald and makes a power play?

            I like the idea of even trading out of the first round completely and pile those picks up, turn the lower picks into something higher too.

          • Everyone on this Blog should read “The Secret”. Once more, into the breach, gentlemen!

          • Cormonster

            Have you watched the brilliant movie Team America yet? It is so awesome on so many levels.

          • ugh. I keep forgetting to watch that. I need to scratch it into my cell or something.

          • SC Dave

            Bought that one long ago.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            He may not be a member of F.A.G.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            It sounds a lot like Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking. Mike Singletary got me into that book, although there is a religious bent to it a la Dale Carnegie (whose books are also good).

  • MB30SD

    good interview Jeff.

    Hey, try to get the black uni this year. That dude is hilarious… would be an awesome interview.

    • DaBearsBlog

      He seems really generous with his time too but I think he signed a deal with one of the stations in town.

      • MB30SD

        does that mean he can’t do a quick blog interview… in fact, let’s just call it a chat?

  • MB30SD

    ohhh, irish. did you hear the part about tuitt. didn’t know it was that bad. Might be time to change your handle, phil don’t play that.

    • Trac

      I missed the bit on tuitt. What did he think?

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Ah, okay, he had surgery on his foot recently.
        (shrugs)

        • MB30SD

          No, he’s had multiple injuries that are all big worries to the scouts and GMs.

          You want to draft tommie harris AFTER his injury?

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Phil will do his due diligence.

            Gilbert does tickle one’s fancy as a dual threat. If we pick up Jimmie Ward in two, we’ll have to hope we hit on a DT in the third.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      I’ve had my coffee now … good morning …. what about Tuitt ?

  • Shady

    This was an excellent interview, well done bloggy bottom father. I’m happy Scott Wright thought I had a good question. My favorite part of the interview was when Wright said there are prospects whose off the field issues have off the field issues. Again, nice work. Thank you both.

    • SC Dave

      I loved that recursive off the field comment too…

    • gpldan from Eastern Front

      Good interview seconded.

      More stuff like this, Jeff has recording telephone calls down pat. It’s Jeff’s thing to start with the ring-in, I like that.

      More shit like this.

  • Jeff having a Kyle Long-esque soothsaying, The Rev with his sympathy chicken…some voodoo going down on this blog.

  • Great interview, Jeff. See, meaningless musing can be entertaining. Wish it was longer, but keep them wanting more, eh?

  • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

    Take a receiver in the third, Jefe? Really?

    Here’s how we could do that – get out of the first round altogether, package our three lowest picks into a third … giving us two 2nds and three 3rds. Bueller ?

  • Scenario in which Bears land Donald.

    1. Texans. Clowney. I think this is pretty much in the bank.
    2. Rams. Possible trade down, but if they stay put, Mack to chase down Kap and Wilson.
    3. Jags. Hopefully a QB, but really, probably Watkins because Blackmon is a bonehead.
    4. Browns. Let’s hope QB, and we’ll say Manziel, why not?
    5. Raiders. Another QB needy team, but how can they pass up Greg Robinson?
    6. Falcons. Wanted either Mack or Robinson, but settle for Lewan who will help toughen them a bit.
    7. Bucs. Let’s hope numb-nuts drafts Bridgewater, but more realistically, Evans. Here is where the real danger zone for Donald, though I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes top 5.
    8. Vikes. Drafted Floyd last year, but they like their DTs. But we’re being optimistic, so Norv gets Bortles.
    9. Bills. Possible, but they have Dareus and are desperate at OT. Matthews is their guy.
    10. Lions. Could surprise. They’re not picking up the 5th year option on Fairley, and some rumors are swirling about trading Suh. Who better to symbolize a new regime than Donald. However, they’re the Lions, and draft…let’s say Gilbert.
    11. Titans. Could go many ways, but for our sake, they take Barr which denies Emery his candy.
    12. Gmen. Red alert. Danger Will Robinson. Could easily draft Donald, but I’ll go with Jeff and they draft Ebron.
    13. Rams. They got Mack, perhaps the best pass rusher. Now they get HaHa.
    14. Bears. Well, what do you know…Donald.

    • All of this will be nearly moot with eminent trades, but it really doesn’t matter which teams draft who, just as long as Donald somehow survives (which I too doubt).

      A more realistic possibility is that we trade up,maybe with the Titans, to make sure the Gmen and Rams don’t get tempted, if Donald falls to 11.

      • I could see them giving up maybe a 4th or so to go up to 11 and get Donald if he’s there. But I still think it’s likely he goes to either MIN or TB. Both new coaches who love pass-rushing DTs.

        • The chart says a 4rth to move jump to 11? I wouldn’t mind that for Donald. To jump more would probably be prohibitive though.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            So nobody’s on board for acquiring two 2nds and three 3rds?

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            nope, we’re poised to win now, not develop 5 guys for 2 to 3 years from now.

          • I have no clue what the chart says. IMO the chart is pretty outdated. I think that’s about what it would take; maybe a 5th if they get lucky.

            Irish, I would absolutely LOVE to trade back from 14 to 30 and pick up an extra 2nd and later round pick in the process.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Trust me, Detroit will fuck us if he’s still there at 10. Their line goes interstellar while we reach for a DB.

          • johnnywad

            You’re confusing me Irish. A.) Detroit isn’t smart enough to fuck anybody. B.) You don’t want Donald, so how is Detroit taking him, fucking us? Wouldn’t you rather they take him and leave Tuitt, or some other such player?

          • MB30SD

            and Irish, didn’t you listen to the draft guy… tuitt has MULTIPLE injury issues.

            Run away! Run away!

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            And if those worries have him fall to 51?

            Every player in the draft has risk attached, c’est la vie mon frere.

          • MB30SD

            we’re talking about emery here my maingses.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I’ve come around on Donald, he’s worth a punt and it’s certainly a position of need – the instant reward is high if he can do that shit in the NFL against guys who have seen it all before and played against top talent for years. We could be lucky and he falls to us, leaving the door open to grab Ward. I don’t think Phil will reach on a tackle in the first. If Donald’s gone then we’re looking at S/CB in the first two rounds.

          • MB30SD

            1 – S
            2 – DT

      • gpldan from Eastern Front

        Scott Wright and Jeff talked a bit around the idea of three QBs high. It’s not trending that way, but what do the pundits know?

        I love the idea of JOHNNY FOOTBALL in a Browns Uni. Makes me smile.

        • That would be awesome to watch. If he remains in Texas, either on the Texans or for the Boys, well, there wouldn’t be as much drama in Texas since Dallas came off the air.

        • MB30SD

          I liked it more in a cowboys uni, but that report I posted about them wanting him was refuted by another report saying no way.

          Fucking NFL propaganda machine.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      I don’t think Donald gets past the Lions. Should we let Ebron get away from us if he’s there?

      • NewBearInTown

        That’s really my question. Ebron is an elite tight end by all accounts. When an elite players falls to you at #14, can you really say no because he’s in the wrong position?

        We’re set at DE, but we can’t say no to Clowney or Mack. We’re set at QB, but we couldn’t say no to a true #1 like Andrew Luck. We’re set at WR, but we probably couldn’t say no if Watkins or Evans fell to us either. We’re set on the O-line, but we couldn’t say no to Greg Robinson.

        If a perennial pro-bowler is there, you just have to take him. Deficits elsewhere will usually work themselves out.

        • I wanted Eifert last year, and supposedly Ebron is superior. Bennett also was playing all banged up last year. The Bengals had no issue taking Eifert even though they had a decent TE already on the roster, but their D wasn’t coming off a historically inept campaign.

          Man, I want to say yes, but I just keep seeing double-lanes parting like the red sea and HBs coming off the street and rushing for 150.

          • food for thought: Chicago’s run D last year was top 10 before they lost all of their DTs. DT depth is thin right now on roster, but they actually don’t need a stud DT, just a serviceable one, to have a solid run D.

            The bigger issue to me is the pass rush. It was horrific last year, which sunk their pass D. New DEs should help, but I still want one more good pass rusher out of this draft. Since there’s really no roster room for a DE, that has to come from DT. I love Donald, but if he’s not there I would be plenty happy with Sutton (rd 2) or Quarles/Reid (rd 3).

          • gpldan from Eastern Front

            I hold to my contention that a team makes Donald into an end or defies all this 3-tech talk and places him in a 3-4. He’s so well suited for it.

          • Pundits keep pointing out that Donald isn’t “long enough” for end, but all I see is a Tasmanian devil bolting pass the line before the fat boys even get into their stance.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            They keep pointing it out because it’s true. Donald’s only chance of success is making that happen inside. Tackles have seen speed rushers before. An end needs those long arms …

            In a run up the middle I see Donald going straight backwards though. Nobody’s pushing Tuitt back, and at least he’ll be on the board when we pick. It depends what Emery’s board looks like. We could trade down get Tuitt and Ealy, go DB in 3 and 4. We can’t fix all the problems lickety split. Let’s get that DL minted first, instead of getting roped into drafting a CB first when we have two pro-bowlers at the position and you can have a CB later on.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Coming around the outside though, when he rips inside his guy and he’s coming across the flight path of the ball and sticks his paw up there like Julius or Dent …. he’s not that guy. He’s not going to reach around a blocker to grab a QB like Allen. Inside though, beating those college boys he looked fast. Next level in the pros? we’ll see. I’d wager a first on him. It’s all a lottery anyway.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            A 6’1 end?

          • he weighs 285 though, and runs faster than Barr. Explosive. Quick twitch. Relentless. Repertoire of moves. Short, or natural leverage?

            I’m very curious if he can play DE, or even DT at his size for that matter. But I’m willing to push the chips in.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            A jab in the chest from a 310lb guard takes the explosion out really quickly. That’s the thing with Donald. Is that speed still there when he’s playing football week in week out carrying some injury?

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Oh brother, an all-time worst rush defense is hard to accept, but imagining essentially a 250lb Brandon Marshall going across the middle for us is boner-inducing. With AJ and BM outside? And Forte there for the screen or the quick draw? Ouch. Damn!

            Defense? With fewer injuries and the guys we already have in there, even if you only go defense 2, 3 and 4 …. we could still be pretty good. I’m still all for trading out of the first altogether and drafting four really solid guys that all start some day.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            that would truly be a video game offense. it would be sick.
            I can’t stop thinking about the wholesale slaughter of the D last year though….

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          If one of the receivers falls to you though, you can trade down for somebody who wants them more than you. Us drafting Mike Evans? Have to trade out of that situation – can’t pass on him, can’t draft him.

          • I think we should use the same strategy with Ebron.

          • Trac

            I concur.

        • Shady

          My thoughts exactly.

        • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

          I agree NB but I think we are all just shell shocked at how poorly the Bears D was last year. I know it was injuries primarily but it was THE reason we didn’t go deep into the playoffs.
          I can’t see them going O line, WR, TE before DT or S. I wouldn’t be pissed but then if the issues on the team were D related AGAIN then Phil would have a lot of explaining to do and we’d all look back on another wasted year.
          Let’s get the low hanging fruit off of this draft tree and call it a day.

          • MB30SD

            this please

      • el_caney

        Ebron is overrated, he earning moment because it is a weak class of TE in this draft.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          He’s a 250lb Brandon Marshall. Owns the middle of the field and has amazing hands. Don’t know about his blocking but his tape is impressive. This is a 3 minute version.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Bill Polian says he is not a good blocker and less than mature.

      • That would suck. I can see the Lions and Vikings taking him just to spite us. Add Lovie to that list too.

      • DaBearsBlog

        My buddy Birkett is convinced Lions are taking a WR and there’s talk there is might be someone surprising like Beckham.

        • gpldan from Eastern Front

          I think Matt Millen’s shadow still looms over 1st round wideout picks.

          • Walter at Waterfootball calls the craziest FA/Draft moves the “Matt Millen Grade”. The bar has been set high, or low.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          This is what we have to hope for – a few ‘out there’ picks ahead of us … gifting us Donald.

    • I really don’t think the GMen take Donald (if he even falls to them). They lost a nose, not a 3T, and drafted a DT in round 2 last year who will step in and take over for him. I would guess Giants go Mosley or OT if Lewan falls to them.

      IMO Donald goes either 7 or 8, but I could see 10-11 possible as well.

    • el_caney

      The real menace to land Donald is Dallas, they can make a nonsense trading picks just for a piece of him.

    • AlbertInTucson

      No love for a Sammy Watkins pick?

    • MB30SD

      In this (very unlikely) scenario, we’d be CRAZY not to take Dix. CRAAAAZY!

      We’ve already made, what, 5 moves on the Dline and spent how much in FA? how many moves and how much money have we spent on getting a viable option at FS…. 0.

      It would be crazy not to take Dix here. The last two Bama FSs to go early first round were Mark Barron and Roman Harper.

      You take dix here, because donald will be gone… and honestly, so will dix.

      • O ye of little faith.

        • MB30SD

          we’ll see maings. It will be VER lucky if either of those two are still there.

          It’s ok, if not, that means we can get Pryor, which we 100% should. Then go DT in 2 and CB in 3.

  • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt
    • Dec 28, 2015?! That’ll be right around draft time under Goodell.

    • gpldan from Eastern Front

      Is it s a problem that Princess Leia now looks like Granny from the Beverly Hillbillies?

      Could she wield a shotgun and say “get them varmint stormtoopers off my land!”?

      I would watch that.

      • MB30SD

        link please

        • NO link please.

          • MB30SD

            you don’t look when there’s a wreck on the road? Yes you DO!

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Carrie Fisher. Legend.

        • MB30SD

          I ♡ Uranus

          That bumper sticker made me LALZ

  • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

    God help me – I watched tape on Manziel.

    That boy is going to get broken up.

  • CanadaBear

    Don’t care about the legal wrangling when it comes to Sterling. He’s a horrible person and karma’s a bitch.

  • MB30SD

    that’s a silly statement and hindsight is always 20/20 ben

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/04/30/ben-tate-says-he-would-have-been-a-safety/

  • MB30SD

    David you are a massive… super evil genius intelligent… nerd. But you sir, are awesome. Love this shit. Really interesting stuff.

    http://www.ted.com/talks/david_epstein_are_athletes_really_getting_faster_better_stronger

  • MB30SD
  • gpldan from Eastern Front

    My favorite part of Jeff’s interviews is the complete lack of formality to the call. I laugh my ass off every time I get one of these. It’s always like this:

    ring…ring..ring
    Hello?
    Hi, this is Jeff (or something like that)
    Hey Jeff, how ya doing?
    (no pause or reaction to this small talk)
    In what phases of the game do you think the Bears should prioritize their thinking in this years’ FA pool?

    There’s always that – wow – I guess we’re starting now moment from the guest – and then they dive in.

    Jeff – please keep doing that. It’s awesome. If you could adopt a Cosell accent when doing it it would be sublime.

    P.S. Thanks for leading with my size/build question. It was sidestepped, but then he roundabout got back to it and made some good points.

    • Trac

      I agree. I cracked up when Jeff said Long came to him in a dream. These draftnicks spends hours upon hours studying and analyzing the picks and along comes Jeff telling the guy it came to him in a dream. Lol. I don’t think that bought Jeff any street cred but it was hilarious hearing Jeff tell it.

      • Someone should make a hazy video of Kyle Long running through a field of sunflowers, as Sweetness lets a bears jersey float down from the sky…

        “Wake up, Jeff, wake up!, what were you dreaming about?” Asks the Rev.
        “Behold, I have witnessed the next Bear, and he shall be as glorious as universally reviled,” Jeff responds with crazed pupils.

        • MB30SD

          Where does the chicken fit into the dream?

          • I was going to put the chicken with Shea’s #50 jersey pecking Jeff’s hand, waking him up, but this would have taken place last preseason, before the chicken.

          • DaBearsBlog

            The Rich Cohen interview was the best since his wife answered the phone and I just kept it all in there.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Link!

  • AlbertInTucson

    Has any sludge about Sterling’s GF started bubbling to the surface yet? You know Donald must have investigators poring thru HER background now.

    • gpldan from Eastern Front

      Al –

      Circle back on this story in 6 months when she’s found in a dumpster with a heroin needle in her arm.

  • gpldan from Eastern Front

    The NBA Constitution is a closed document not available to the public.

    I bet it has no provisions for the ousting of owners based on misconduct. Or Gross negligence, or anything else like that. Only provisions on bankruptcy and Chapters 7 and 11.

    So if he wants to challenge his lifetime ban, he will certainly win.

    He’ll be offered fair valuation + market premium for the club, make alot of money in return for leaving.

    • Trac

      The NBA made a business decision and will prolly boost revenue because of it. Don’t let a crisis go to waste, right?

      • MB30SD

        hells yes. it’s a bidniz above all, just ask rodge.

      • It’s an L.A. team. Wouldn’t it be poetic justice if Magic bought the team? He already saved the Dodgers, and owns a lot of businesses in the “ghetto” areas.

        • MB30SD

          I read Mayweather wants in. That dude has much more money than sense. smfc.

          • He’s smart enough to know that getting clobbered in the head like Ali never ends well. I hate his boxing style, but he’ll probably not get punch-drunk.

          • MB30SD

            he bets millions of dollars on random sporting events. If you got it why not I guess, just don’t publicize it with instagram pics of you holding the cash… just seems so crass and distasteful.

  • MB30SD

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl/news/20140430/2014-nfl-draft-team-previews

    Thanks for that brilliant nostradamus-like prognostication Don. You are a visionary sir.

  • Happy Hitler Suicide Day!

    Make a card out of that.

  • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

    Deone bucannon – rather than believe the ‘experts’ I bit the bullet and watched his tape. Looks happy in pass coverage and just as happy as hitting and tackling. Solid.

    But then you watch Jimmie Ward and you just want him. If we traded down we could have BOTH of them.

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      if you were an opposing coach how long would your boner be if you had two rookie safeties out there? If you have two rookies for a position you have to jettison veteran depth. When you have rookies they usually get out thought and not out muscled.

      • MB30SD

        Dix at FS (or pryor if Dix is gone), and Mundy at SS next year. Maybe we pick up a SS in the 3rd if one’s left.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Next year is the year. The D will take a season to gel into something good – if it’s gonna be good.

    • MB30SD

      Also, couple thoughts on his HL tape:

      1. What in THEE fuck was that music. Lovely i-talian pop tune. jesus. SMFC.
      2. Stanford, oregon… again, love it when these guys played against top teams, not glorified HS squads
      3. In almost every highlight, it’s like the opposing QB was just throwing it up for grabs. wtf?!?

      6’1″ 220. Hmmmm…. Will he be there at 51?

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Oh yeah sorry, forgot to say mute that shit instantly. Terrible.

    • if I could do a draft and turn off injuries (like in Madden), I would spend my first pick on Jimmie Ward, even at 14, and have no concerns. But he’s small and has a tendency to be dinged up, which worries me. I see a lot of Bob Sanders in him, both good (great player) and bad (too many injuries). But if you aren’t worried about the injuries, then Ward is the best S in the draft to me.

      I also like Bucannon, probably better than Pryor. Would be very happy if they land either of those guys.

      • Bucannon better than Pryor? You crazy. Pryor is “quick twitch”, explosive, violent and shows some ball skills. Talk about Bob Sanders, Pryor is almost a clone – a FS who can hawk and knock ppl out like a SS.

        Bucannon is a 2nd rounder all the way from what I’ve seen. He can lay some wood – he flashes some read/anticipation, and his length helps him with pass break-ups, but he’s no game-changer, or playmaker. His hips are stiff and I think he’ll struggle with change of direction in the NFL where everyone can run fast (that’s probably why they lined him up 20 yards back). He’s got long speed (that surprised many scouts because he doesn’t look like he plays fast), but seems to lack agility and acceleration.

        If Donald, Dix and Pryor are gone at 14, I’d rather take Ebron than reach for Buccanon or Ward (and would anyone be surprised if Emery did just that?)

  • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

    Gilbert looks like a burner and a solid pick … but has he got ball security issues? He doesn’t look too confident taking interceptions. In one end zone play, he bats the ball back across the endzone that could have been caught for a pick maybe – he didn’t try, that was the thing. When the ball is coming his way he doesn’t always look like he wants it. Are there character knocks on the guy?

    If it’s Donald or him, go Donald and then get Ward/Bucannon in the second. Gilbert could be solid for a long time though.

    3rd round DTs with upside ? Do they exist? That’s great if we get a safety and a corner, but if Paea is the guy for the year …. Kevin Williams is still looking for a job.

    • I’m fine with Paea’s play when healthy. Health is the concern for me there. Ideally he’s a backup playing about 40% of snaps in an effort to keep him healthy, IMO.

      In terms of mid round DTs, depends on what you’re looking for. If you want a guy to rotate with Paea (which would put Ratliff at 3T), then there are run stuffers available. One I like is Justin Ellis from La Tech. Monster of a man with some solid athleticism. Could play nose in 3-4 front if you want to give hybrid looks. There are other guys too (run stuffing DTs are typically not incredibly difficult to find), but Ellis is my favorite.

      If you want to put Ratliff at nose to rotate with Paea (my preference), then there are a few pass-rushing 3Ts to rotate with Collins that could be had in round 3. Some think Will Sutton could fall to here (I doubt that, but you never know), which would be a great pick to me. Otherwise I really like Princeton’s Caraun Reid. Small school guy, but really good player, and I love his attitude and hustle. South Carolina’s Kelcy Quarles is another possibility there.

      So to answer your question: no matter what type of DT you’re looking for, there is some solid middle round depth.

      • MB30SD

        pretty shocked you’re still so high on princeton maings. wasn’t impressed at ALL in the two games I saw him play against quasi HS teams (harvard and Penn)

        • from what I’ve seen of him he had a good year overall last year despite facing a comically high number of double teams (downside of being a big fish in a small pond). He also looked good at the senior bowl against quality competition, which is important if you’re a small school prospect. He’s no Aaron Donald, but I truly believe Reid will be a solid NFL player in the right setting (and I think Chicago would be a good setting for him).

          • MB30SD

            I get that, but still on my big schools = big talent = not as risky if you’ve played against Bama, Fl St., LSU, Oregon, etc… kick.

            If I have a choice I let someone else take the flyer on him. I’m sure he’s a really smart guy, which I love, but not without the rest

            Also, he’s slow and weak and can’t jump: http://nflcombineresults.com/playerpage.php?f=Caraun&l=Reid&i=20970

            Hahaha… supposedly his wonderlic was through the roof though.

          • that is not slow at all for a 300 pound DT. He’s a very quick player.

          • MB30SD

            meh

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Paea looks like a backup on a quality line. We need a 3T. Staring safeties and corners we have. Are our starting safeties Vaccaro and Byrd? No. But the push starts with the 3T and Paea just hasn’t wowed anyone. Donald could, but he’s wishful thinking. My worry is that we patch up the DBs in the first two rounds and then we get some DT in the third who just doesn’t produce for us this year, if ever. Fixing the four up front is more important than fixing the safeties IMO. Can’t fix Angelo’s CF in a jiffy.

        • MB30SD

          Staring safeties and corners we have. Are our starting safeties Vaccaro and Byrd? No.

          crazy talk.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            We could start Conte and draft pick, or Mundy and Draft Pick, but can we go with Paea? We need to plug that 3T in before safety concerns. We can get a good safety in the second, get another one next year. Having said that, we have two good corners but I’d be fine with Gilbert, We need a guy ready to go when Peanut’s body gives up.

        • Paea was a starter on that 2012 DL that was one of the best in the NFL.

      • gpldan from Eastern Front

        I’m fine with Paea’s play when healthy.

        You really shouldn’t be. Even when he’s supposedly operating at near-peak (which lately, is never) – he is only effective when shooting gaps and timing his penetration. He has no ability to square up and shed 1-on-1. None. He’s too short to have developed a swim and has nothing in the spin repertoire.

        his best attribute seems to be guessing the snap count. He’s critically undersized to be playing the run stopping tackle in a 4-3. Nate Collins, once picked up, immediately outplayed him – and Paea is a 2nd rounder. He makes me miss Matt Toeaina.

        Paea’s 2014 cap hit: $1,172,787.

        Earn at least some of that mil, kid. Any of it.

        • Paea and Collins are not a fair comp. They played very different roles, and you’ll notice the D fell apart against DET in week 4 last year when they switched them from where they should be (they put Paea at 3T, Collins at nose).

          Paea is strong enough to absorb blockers and not be a waste of space. He’s nothing special, but he’s a good enough player to play meaningful snaps without hurting you. Your basic average player, which is important depth to have filling in around stars.

          • gpldan from Eastern Front

            That is splitting hairs. They are both interior DL, they can reasonably be compared on their ability to penetrate and shed blocks.

            And I believe if I pull games and look, Paea never moved to 3T.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I’ve never bought this role-box players get put in. They’re defensive tackles, again, this is not heart surgery. the ball is snapped, if you’re a tackle all hell breaks loose. you try and own the play. Some people are good at this – real disruptive fuckers – some are not. Paea is not. We need to fill that hole ASAP in the draft or the whole defense goes nowhere.

            Scenario: We get Donald. Ownership. DBs look better anyway.

            Allen – Ratliff – Donald – Houston

            Scenario: We don’t get him, and draft a DB.

            Allen – Ratliff – Paea – Houston

            Meh. In this scenario we should trade down, package our lower picks, and just draft about 4 really good players and hope for the best. DT/CB/SS/FS.

          • Cormonster

            I don’t watch tape, but I do remember Paea getting knocked back 5-7 on running plays too often for my liking, and not just last year.

        • That’s why I’m iffy on Jernigan. Same profile. Shows flashes, but does nothing exceptional. Neither a NT, or 3T.

          Paea should be a back-up, nothing more (just what you want out of a 2nd, Glitchy).

      • Big Mike

        But none at Safety and CB. That’s why we need to get ha-ha, pryor or gilbert. I thihnk the Giants will determine the Bears first round pick. Giants need a Safety and a DT.

        • CB has pretty good depth too. S… not so much. though there are a few guys I like outside of the big 4 (namely Brooks from FSU and Huff from Wyoming).

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Maybe Emery will take advantage of the depth at CB and draft one later … leaving him to draft Ebron when Donald goes off the board, and going safety in perhaps the next two rounds.

  • MB30SD

    here you go shady.

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww…

    http://instagram.com/p/nYGKHmtQw0/

    • Shady

      #deathtoselfies
      #smf…h
      #getyourassonlinetonight

      • MB30SD

        Ohhhhh heeeeroooooooo.

        Kids go down at 8 PST. I’ll be there with my shit blazzin’ punk.

        • Shady

          And I’ll be there with my shit blazed, skunk.

          • MB30SD

            hahahaha… I wouldn’t expect anything else.

    • Big Mike

      Not hers. He’s ours dammit. Jay is our QB.

  • Sactowns#1

    The more I look at whats out there I can really see Phil either trading up in the 1st round to get Dix or I see him saccraficing a 1st round pick for an additional second and third where you could easily still get Nix and Pryor in the 2nd and maybe Keith McGill and a backup QB or RB in the 3rd. (Come on Garoppolo!)

    • NewBearInTown

      You’re not getting Pryor in the second round. Not getting Nix either.

    • Big Mike

      What did the interview guy say? Big drop off at Safety after the first two guys. Got to get one of them and get the big fellas later. DT deeper than safety. Is that what he said?

      • MB30SD

        ed zachary

      • Sactowns#1

        There were 5 CB’s taken before Peanut in the 2003 draft. I’m not sure any of these guys is exactly Nostradamus when it comes to predicting future success or current tallent level. I like what I’ve seen from some of the lower ranked DB’s including good size and speed. I say take a look at the 2003 draft. Forget extra 4th and 5th rounders, forget moving up in the 1st and just get yourself some great finds in the 2nd and 3rd.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Yup. If we could turn our picks into 2 x 2nd round, 3 x 3rd round, wouldn’t you have a nice little haul there?

  • NewBearInTown

    Moving the Ebron conversation to the top. To be clear – we are assuming Ebron is a 5x probowler in the making.

    You would trade him away for a decent defensive player and a third round pick? Really?

    • That would be a tough choice given how aweful our D played (injury or no, and no one can assume it was due to injury, nor that injuries won’t ravage the starters again).

      Another way of looking at it is would we trade Ebron for say, Tuitt/Hageman and Ward/Buchanon (use that 3rd to move up in the 2nd)?

      That would be a tough choice. I really do like Ebron though, and I wouldn’t scream at the tv if we draft him (as long as some of our other targets are gone).

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        See? If Ward/Buchanon were your first two picks, wouldn’t we be happy? Two guys that can play the position. Move to third round, hope we hit on a good tackle.

  • MB30SD
  • Big Mike

    It’s fun, but you guys are going to go crazy with all the what ifs on the draft. I had to back away.. back away slowly from the blog. I was seeing draft boards in my sleep. On point.. not one of them had the Bears taking Ebron, or any other offensive player.

  • MB30SD

    posted this a while back for all you guys.

    If you want to pull off these marketing leeches from your browser, go here and it will scan your shit and you can opt out: http://preferences-mgr.truste.com/

    • How does this work. I put “select all” and it erases all the cookies, or just blocks the marketers?

      • MB30SD

        both?

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        How would it know the cookie is from a marketer? I’d say watch out that it’s not just blocking all cookies, which isn’t a very good idea.

  • Trac

    New thread

    • thx. Jeff really should do this since he posts the new threads.

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