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Across The Middle: Post-Combine Mock Draft

| March 2nd, 2016

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Mock drafts are a mostly useless practice, but people like them and they’re fun to do. So here is my first attempt at a 2016 mock draft. Keep a few things in mind:

• I’m not a scout. I don’t pretend to be a scout. I’ll never pretend to be a scout. But I do read a lot and listen to a lot of scouts. I have about five people whose opinions I trust more than others. I typically lean toward people who were once in the league.

• Don’t say anyone “won’t” go anywhere. Nobody knows who is going where. Even if a team directly came out and said who they were going to take, we couldn’t believe it because they lie more times than not.

• In a First Draft Podcast with Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, Adam Schefter was adamant that three quarterbacks were going in the top 10. I’ve never heard Schefty more certain of anything so I believe him.

• A lot of these are going to be wrong. Of course they are, we haven’t even hit free agency yet. Even after free agency, mock drafts are going to be wrong. But, here goes…

1. Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi. He’s the only 10 they see…see what I did there? Tunsil is considered franchise left tackle and they already have their franchise quarterback. In a draft that doesn’t have any studs at skill positions, drafting the best lineman makes sense.

2. Cleveland Browns: Carson Wentz, QB, One of the Dakotas. Some people just have a thing for red heads. When Hue Jackson was the coach of the Raiders, they brought in Carson Palmer. When he was fired from Oakland, he bee-lined to Cincy to coach Andy Dalton. Hey, I get it, red heads have a fiery temperament, which makes up for their lack of a soul.

3. San Diego/Los Angeles/San Antonio/St. Louis/London Chargers: Jared Goff, QB, California. The Chargers tried desperately to trade Phil Rivers for Marcus Mariota last year. They don’t care about the present, they want to get the hell out of San Diego and a young franchise QB would make them much more attractive.

4. Dallas Cowboys: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA. Jack is considered by a lot of people to be the best player in the draft. Wherever Rod Marinelli has had success, he’s had really good linebackers. Jack is his new Derrick Brooks or Lance Briggs.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State. Bosa is a stud, don’t overthink it.

6. Baltimore Ravens: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida St. The word is Ramsey is the best corner and best safety in the draft, it just depends on where teams want to play him. Would finally give the Ravens a replacement for Ed Reed.

7. San Francisco 49ers: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis. This is my early guy I think will be a bust. I don’t like his name and I don’t like his facial hair. That’s all I got, really.

8. Miami Dolphins: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida. The Dolphins new defensive coordinator Vance Joseph comes from Cincy where they drafted a cornerback in the first round every other year it seemed.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson. New coordinator Mike Smith has a history of liking big defensive ends. Dodd is 6’5″, nearly 280 pounds and had a huge season at Clemson. Considered a better pass-rusher than the next end I get to.

10. New York Giants: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State. One of the things I’ve heard from someone I trust is that Elliott is going in the top-10. This was the best spot I could find for him.

11. Chicago Bears: Deforest Buckner, DE, Oregon. The common thought is that Buckner won’t be there, but I’m not so sure. His flaw is that he’s not a great pass rusher and the league values pass rushers (which is why Dodd went ahead of him). A lot of people think he can’t play in a 4-3 alignment because he’s not athletic enough to be outside and is too tall to be inside. The Bears have one of the best defensive line coaches in the league and they could develop his pass rushing skills.

12. New Orleans Saints: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson. Lawson was really productive in college and had a good showing at the Senior Bowl. Lack of length (arms are under 33 inches) drops him a bit, but could be a good fit for Nawlins.

13. Philadelphia Eagles: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State. The “winner” of the Combine, Ogbah measured out very well. New defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will put him in his Wide-9 scheme to use that athleticism.

14. Oakland Raiders: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame. They started JaMarcus Webb on their offensive line last year.

15. LA Rams: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Mississippi. They already have a ton of talent on their defensive line, but who cares?

16. Detroit Lions: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU. Megatron is retiring and Doctson seems to be a good prospect. Dude catches everything and proved to be very athletic at the combine.

17. Atlanta Falcons: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville. He’s not Aaron Donald, but he’s quick enough and has good technique. Atlanta needs more pass-rush.

18. Indianapolis Colts: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan St. I don’t know, maybe they should try getting guys who can block for Andrew Luck?

19. Buffalo Bills: A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama. Just seems like a Rex Ryan guy.

20. New York Jets: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama. Henry is a freak and the Jets appear likely to lose Chris Ivory in free agency.

21. Washington Redskins: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State. The Redskins didn’t have any good cornerbacks last year.

22. Houston Texans: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan St. A lot of people thought Cook would be the first pick before this year and it’s not entirely clear why people soured on him. Because he wasn’t named a captain? Cool. Bill O’Brien is an asshole and assholes like other assholes.

23. Minnesota Vikings: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor. There was a report that the Vikings would take Billings if he got here, so I just went with that. Both of their defensive tackles missed games last year and Billings could give them a scary rotation.

24. Cincinnati Bengals: William Jackson III, CB, Houston. They take cornerbacks every year. I swear. It’s a little creepy.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor. I don’t know, seems like they start old journeymen corners every year.

26. Seattle Seahawks: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State. Dude is a freak athlete and the Seahawks love freak athletes. They’ll probably lose Bruce Irvin in free agency and Lee will replace him.

27. Green Bay Packers: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama. Ragland is this year’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. A guy who was hyped before the season and his a “name” solely because he went to Alabama. He’s solid, but not great and he isn’t very athletic. Packers fans will love the pick because they know the guy’s name. He’ll be an adequate starter for a few years, but athletic tight ends will eat him alive.

28. Kansas City Chiefs: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA. If they lose Jaye Howard in free agency, Clark will replace him.

29. Arizona Cardinals: Noah Spence, LB, Eastern Kentucky. Spence became a hot name because he was the best pass-rusher in a weak class at the Senior Bowl and he has an interesting story. But that story includes two failed drug tests for ecstasy. Add in the fact that he’s pretty small and not a great athlete by pass-rusher standards and this is about where he belongs.

30. Carolina Panthers: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana. Big, athletic tackle and, well, you saw the Super Bowl.

31. Denver Broncos: Jonathan Bullard, DT, Florida. Not sure how I ended up with Bullard dropping to this spot. He was very productive and is very athletic. I’d go back and try to fit him higher up, but I don’t feel like it.

41. Chicago Bears: Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi. The Bears need more quality defensive linemen and Jones fits the profile of what they like. He’s 6’6″, 300 pounds with long arms and a baby arm in his pants.

72. Chicago Bears: Kentrell Brothers, ILB, Missouri. I don’t care what his 40 times was, Brothers is considered instinctive. Tested well in the three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle, which are more important for inside linebackers.

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  • Big Mike

    First. Love football. Politics not so much.

    • AlbertInTucson

      “Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.” – H.L.Menken.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I’ll buy that for a dollar. My dick tayter has just announced a five year plan for giving democracy back to the people. SMH.

        • AlbertInTucson

          “Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.”
          – H. L. Mencken

          • Trac

            Aah… but the people love to have a king.

          • willbest

            benign despotism is historically the preferred method.

          • AlbertInTucson

            The founding fathers were VERY leery of Democracy and a large, all-powerful central government.

            That’s why they formed a Republic and took 5 years to write a constitution.

          • AlbertInTucson

            “It’s good to be the King” – Mel Brooks.

        • Trac

          No thanks, precious metals only, please.

      • Trac

        Ha! Define “decent” please. It can’t be done.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “San Francisco 49ers: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis. This is my early guy I think will be a bust. I don’t like his name and I don’t like his facial hair. That’s all I got, really.”

    Really? THATS a scouting report?

    • BillW

      Well, it IS a mock draft. So I guess it’s OK to mock it

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Deforest Buckner, DE, Oregon. The common thought is that Buckner won’t be there, but I’m not so sure. His flaw is that he’s not a great pass rusher…”

    And, of course, the Bears are just LOOKING to draft a guy who’s “not a great pass rusher.”

    • MB30SD

      Seems to be our hidden talent doesn’t it al

    • Johnnywad

      You beat me to it Al. If the Bears draft a player at 11, with a known deficiency that needs to be “developed”, I’m going to lose it. If Pace takes a swing and misses on a player that appears solid, I can live with that. But taking a lineman with the 11th overall, that is known to be a subpar pass rusher, is unforgivable.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Well, he’d mostly be playing in a 3-4, wouldn’t he? I’m not sure I see why AD is dinking him for not being a great pass-rusher. I was not under the impression that is what you draft a 3-4 DE for to begin with.

      • To have a so-so D, you’re right. 3-4 DEs only need to gobble up blocks.

        But to have a DOMINANT D ( a la the Broncos), those Dlinmen need to apply pressure.

        I say, shoot for the stars. Try to get a Dlineman who can also apply pressure.

        If the trade off is that he’s not as polished, came from a small school, or smoked some weed, I can live with that. That’s what coaching is for.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Is there a lineman like that in the draft? Not that I’ve read. Let’s just get the top Mike and be happy about it. And we could drop a few spots to do it.

    • Ososfan

      Albert he isn’t a “great pass rusher” because he was asked to be everywhere in the line. He still racked up 12 sacks I believe. Buckner is a beast!

      • AlbertInTucson

        Actually, it was 10 and a half sacks but that certainly cancels out Andrew’s “not a great pass rusher” assessment.

        Also, in the PAC-12, you face “Big Boy” competition.

        Shame on him for that “evaluation” and shame on me for taking it at face value.

  • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

    Hub and his kid, whose name is Arthur but I always thought he should have been named Spoke, and who now writes for USA Today on the NFC North Beat, thinks the Bears are looking at A’Shawn Robinson.

    Jenkins is not a lock at LDE, the feeling is Ego Fergy is gone, Sutton is a crap backup NT not suited for the role and they were putting in Unrein and other true street walkers last season. They need more depth up front.

    And while I know there is much crow going on here about the need for a killer Mike and a killer SS in the Troy Head and Shoulders mold for a 3-4 – it makes the most sense to continue to build that line until you can penetrate opposing lines. It all starts there.

    • Irish Sweetness

      We can buy part of that line, either from Denver or NJ. But if we can draft the best ILB … why not?
      I don’t see safety as a big need if we get the pass rush going.

    • MB30SD

      Hub…. spoke.

      Hee hee

    • Now you’re speaking my language.

      I brought this up b4, but look at this final roster.

      http://www.chicagobears.com/team/depth-chart.html

      Gaston, D’anthony Smith, Scruggs (a more vurelant form of scurvy)!

      C’mon, man.

      We need mean manbeef up front (that’s what she said!)

    • Ososfan

      I like Robinson too. Bed only 20 years old! Yes pretty quick and very strong. would not mind if the bears take him with the 11th If Bucker or Stanley are not available.

  • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

    Hub also advocates the Bears go hard after Tashaun Gipson to lock down SS.

    • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

      Also Jenoris is a free agent, so if he goes, the Bears are in it even deeper. He’s going to command a premium over what he’s objectively worth – so since the Bears are hard up for lineman – they may need to overpay him somewhat.

    • I brought up Gipson last thread.

      Had a down year last season, but what Brown didn’t?

      I wouldn’t mind him, but I thought Gipson was a FS?

      • Ososfan

        I think Gibson was also out with stomach sickness or a hernia or something like that. Yes young and the beast have the best secondary coach in the whole NFL I’d take him! Btw, from my understanding, Fangio likes his safeties to be able to play SS, FS and maybe a little nickel so I don’t think it matters much..

  • Irish Sweetness

    Had anyone heard Dr. Edgar Mitchell died a few weeks ago?
    Did they report on national television that the sixth man to walk on the moon had passed away? I wonder why? I’m sure it was nothing to do with the fact that he claimed to know for sure that we have been visited by alien races, have recovered downed craft, and that this has been kept from the general public

    R.I.P. Edgar Mitchell

    • Ososfan

      Weird indeed, IRISH. You know I love all this stuff!. It was pretty upsetting he was only mentioned briefly in sites like Facebook and a short skit on MSN……
      I BELIEVE

  • Irish Sweetness

    I’m all in on trading down and getting Ragland and Henry. What was Mike Singletary like in coverage? When you have to worry about your run-stuffer’s coverage capabilities ….

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Different league now.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        That being said, we’re running a 3-4 now, so does it matter less? A little, but not enough to make a so-so prospect a great one.
        I don’t think Ragland’s a so-so prospect though.

        • DaMurph

          Richard Shermans draft analysis The bullshit is sometimes meaningless. You take a player and they will play!

          Weaknesses Can be baited out of position when in zone and a
          tick late to diagnose underneath routes. Tall, high-cut prospect who
          displays some hip-stiffness. Not explosive when transitioning or when
          changing direction. Lacks great recovery skills when beaten off the
          line. Can struggle tacking in the open field at times.

          • Johnnywad

            It doesn’t mention anything about his freedom to commit PI at his discretion.

          • DaMurph

            Like all the great corners?

          • Johnnywad

            Maybe. Seems like he’s got a bit more wiggle room than most. Maybe he’s just sneakier.

          • SC Dave

            The “name” guys normally get more wiggle room.

    • DaMurph

      Singletary was just fine in coverage, you dont make HOF for being half a player.

      • Trac

        I reckon it’s time for someone to give him another chance at being a HC. Would love to see him in Cleveland. That would be priceless. Hee hee.

        • CanadaBear

          There’s a difference between being a great person/motivational speaker and a good HC. I’m not sure he was even good as a position coach. He was awful as a HC.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Singletary had 7 career interceptions in 12 Seasons.

      Butkus had 22 picks in 9 seasons.

      • SC Dave

        Well, Butkus is as clear a GOAT as there is imo.

      • CanadaBear

        Not to mention he used to hold the recovered fumbles record. He always seemed to come up with the ball at the bottom of the pile. Badass!

    • No to Henry as well.

      Is this throw back thurs?

      We need RBs that can also catch.

      We can get Brandon Jacobs in the 5th or later.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Is there another 245lb back in this draft who runs a 4.54?

  • Irish Sweetness
    • Sactowns#1

      Yes please on Pot-roast! I would love if we got a big load in the middle to stuff the run and free up the edge. Idk about Williams, seems like more of a project.

      • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

        Yesh – Pot Roast makes an excellent backup to Goldman. I’d like to see him on the Bears fetch quest.

    • CanadaBear

      Williams quit on Rex last year. That’s troubling. Williams should go to Dallas and see if Old Sauce can light the fuse + they play a 4-3.

      • AlbertInTucson

        He wasn’t exactly awful in Buffalo but he never came close to justifying to that contract as the impact player they thought they’d landed.

        Same story now with Suh in Miami.

        Those big contracts are tough to live up to and impossible to “out-perform” which, in the end, is what you’re hoping a guy can do.

        These are cautionary tales as the Bears eye the likes of Malik Jackson.

        • CanadaBear

          I saw a bit of a couple of Buffalo games and it seemed like Williams was sleep walking. Maybe the opponents had schemed him out of the game but he had no impact when I was watching.

      • Irish Sweetness

        He quit for a reason though, he was great the year before when he was trying – 14.5 sacks. They went from first to worst, that’s on the coach changing the chemistry.

        • CanadaBear

          He’s the only big name DL man I can think of that played for Rex and went through the motions. Usually the DL men love Rex. Rex may be a buffoon but if you were a DL man you would think playing an attacking scheme would be their first choice.

  • Trac

    I’d trade up with Dallas for Miles Jack. You’re welcome Jeff. Hee hee.

    • Scharfinator

      DON’T YOU DARE MENTION JEFF’S NAME IN OUR SLAVE TRADE DISCUSSION

      • DaMurph

        If it involves white players is it still slave trade??

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          In a Barbary pirates sort of way…

          • SC Dave

            +1803 blog points!

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Ha-ha, nicely done

          • MB30SD

            Funny

        • Sactowns#1
          • willbest

            shh… Only Americans, Romans, and Egyptians ever had slaves.

          • Irish Sweetness

            And the British. Ahem.

          • willbest

            Maybe in England they still guilt their native population with that. In the US, slavery is always described as “uniquely American”

          • DaMurph

            Those my peeps too ya know, but no one acknowledges it except us! Ha!

        • White slaves prolly wouldn’t fetch as much.

          Wait, is that racist?

          • MB30SD

            I’ll give you 40 dollars for the whites, and 50 for the blacks

            ~ Eric cartman

      • Trac

        Hahaha

    • DaMurph

      stop stop stop!!! I think you are a Cowboy fan deep down inside! Ha1

      • Trac

        I’d trade up for him but not to the 4 spot.

    • Jacked for Jack?

      I like Jack too. I think he’ll be an instant PB at WILL.

      But we not longer really have a WILL position.

      I guess he can be our version of Buchanon?

    • AlbertInTucson

      If he goes somewhere else, he’ll be a stud.

      If the Bears get him, his knee will be a problem.

      That’s just the way things seem to to work.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Ragland, so “solid” and not “great” that he won SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
    ‘Cause that conference sucks, y’all.

    • DaMurph

      Thats why Jeff is a playwright and not a GM in the NFL

    • AlbertInTucson

      Michael Sam was an SEC CO-Defensive Player Of the Year.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        So was CJ Mosley.
        Eric Berry
        Patrick Peterson
        Patrick Willis
        Demeco Ryans

        A 50-50 whether they bust or become studs. That’s a risk I would take, certainly by the pick that AD drops him to (27th?).

        • AlbertInTucson

          50-50, like most #1s.

          Except the Bears’.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Sam was also a tweener that had terrible combine numbers AND a elephant in the room that was going to be the bigger story every time he walked on the field.
        Ragland has neither of those problems. No one is talking about converting Ragland’s position, he did fine at the combine, and AFAIK whatever his orientation is, nobody seems to be talking about it.

        • IMO, Ragland is a lumbering 2 down back, which would be fine, if it were the 80s.

          I think he will go somewhere in the 20s, or possibly even slip out of the 1st altogether.

          It can be argued our biggest weakness is LBs who can’t cover.

          The Dline can always make it tough on a run game, but would I want to see Ragland trying to cover a crossing route or wheel route while Vadgers stands in the pocket?

          The answer is no.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            He looks plenty comfortable in coverage in his highlights.
            http://walterfootball.com/scoutingreport2016rragland.php
            But you could be right.

          • DaMurph

            I saw him in a lot of coverage and he looked solid.

          • DaMurph

            I saw us get gashed inside by big running backs, time will tell!

          • Irish Sweetness

            This. Killed us, and has been killing us. Long gashes up the middle. Let’s invest in a player to fix that right now. How many years has Brian Urlacher been slowing down/gone? We did nothing to replace him.

  • Sactowns#1

    I would prefer Shaq Lawson thank you. That guy balls out.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    Chargers going with QB got me to thinking. Chargers have historically liked to sit rookie QBs for a year or two. Brees sat his rookie season only playing when Doug Flutie got hurt. Rivers got to play his rookie year to run the victory formation in one game, then took over in the 2nd half of the final game of the season for, you guessed it, Flutie. He didn’t play his 2nd year until Brees got hurt.

    • Good points. But will this coach/G be willing to risk his job over it?

      A player at another position will help them NOW. Many GM/Coaches draft to save their jobs.

  • beninnorcal

    I want a game-changer at 11.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    I have been trying to make sense of the deal the Eagles gave Bradford… The only thing I have come up with is that the ‘Force’ is real and Bradford’s agent is either a Sith Lord or a Jedi Master not sure which yet.

    • Sactowns#1

      Haha. I saw that too. First step, get Kelly booted. Second step, make Bradford Supreme Overlord.

    • Doc Nitty

      I can tell you this. He’s more powerful than that pussy Kylo Ren.

    • Supply and demand.

      Who else are the Eagles going to roll with?

      RG3, Kap, McCown (like Jeff advocates).

      There’s a bunch of bums out there. This buys them a lil time to find a longterm solution at QB.

      Word was, they were eying Cousins, but once he got tagged, they went to plan B.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        nope not buying supply/demand explanation. Maybe, Tom Condon pulled a Cosby and roofied Eagles GM, to get him to get the contract.

        • Which QB route would you have gone if u were Eagle’s GM?

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            no clue but i would definitely not pay that for Bradford.

    • willbest

      Be interesting to see what Fitzpatrick gets, since I think he is a better QB. Cousin’s floor looks more like Stafford 3-yr 53 mil/33 mil guaranteed, rather than Palmer’s 3-year 49.5 million with 20ish guaranteed.

      For all the people that are complain about how horrible Emery did with the Cutler deal at the end of 2014, he is looking rather competent about it. If the guy had hired Arians instead of Tresticle he would be negotiating a 5-year extension to his GM contract right now.

      • Johnnywad

        Are we not considering his draft record with regard to his five year extension?

        • willbest

          Was he bad a drafting?

          See I tend to ignore his 2012 draft because
          1) Its was his first draft, and he was using Angelos scouts
          2) He was hamstrung with a coaching staff that he didn’t want
          3) everybody is entitled to a bad draft. The only reason it particularly stung is because Angelo was allowed way too many bad drafts.

          and despite all that he still drafted a solid WR#1 who would go top 10 in redraft. And for some unknown reason people keep talking about how great Shea is, so while clearly not a first rounder he has to be one of those 4th or 5th round guys you take.

          His 2013 draft was above average. He found a franchise O-line guy in Long. The only QQ about that is maybe, maybe he could have got him in round 2. But so what. He would be drafted top 5 in a do-over.

          Mills was good value in five and would have been going forward if not for his foot injury (which unfortunately has ended more than a couple big man’s careers). Bostic wasn’t worth the 2nd rounder but he is still on the Pats 53-man roster so he is definitely a mid to bottom roster talent. Wilson was a great 7th round pick. And sure Greene was a bust and Washington fell victim to scheme coach changes but Emery got his home run and hit a bunch of singles.

          In 2014
          Fuller – Terrible man corner, competent in the zone scheme he was drafted to play. I think if he ends up in a 4-3 he will look a lot better again.
          Ego/Sutton – hard to tell 2014 was a mess and they had Tucker, they were playing out of scheme in 2015. I think they would have been a lot better under Arians
          Carey – stepped it up in his sophomore season, showed enough that Pace/Fox felt comfortable moving on from forte.
          Vereen – swing and a miss. It happens
          Fales – promoted off the practice squad instead of being poached and the current staff showed enough confidence to make him the primary backup. Not a bad use of a 6th.
          O’Donnell – not a bad punter but obviously a waste of a pick
          Leno – great value out of a 7th round talent (which if you think about it Emery knew how to draft lineman going 3 for 3 on them).

          • I actually agree (somewhere in a Romanian computer cafe, Barb felt a cold shiver).

            His drafts weren’t that bad, esp considering all those extenuating circumstances. And compare them to other GMs.

            Emery’s drafts were about avg.

            But what WASN’T avg was him hiring Dr. Death over Arians. WTF

            And I could never really trust Emery going forward, and I think the brass felt the same.

            Emery could literally draft anyone in the first, and that made me uneasy.

            I know that’s not the case with POX.

            I don’t have to worry about them going supernerdy. They seem more pragmatic.

            Emery was more of an idealist, like Dr. Death.

          • Johnnywad

            http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/chi/draft.htm

            Yes. 2012-2014 were his.

            Kyle Long is a great pick. He was considered a reach by most, but it was a good pick.

            Alshon is a playmaker, but may be oft injured. Time will tell. This was a second round pick he traded up for.

            Charles Leno is panning out.

            Most of the rest of this is shit. Kyle Fuller and Shea McClellan are first rounders that can’t be explained away. Many of these guys aren’t even in the league anymore.

            This is a shit draft record by my measure.

          • Ososfan

            I think Fuller is doing way better. He was projected a top end first round pick before he was drafted….

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Fuller was amazing in his first four games out of the gate. No idea what happened to him but I have faith he is going to turn it around this year.

          • Ososfan

            Goldman is a stud and should do better his second year, Amos is a 5th round rookie who was asked to play multiple positions in college and was learning on the fly how to actually play Safety( I cringe at some of his tackles with horrible technique.) Grasu was coming along but needs to bulk up and eventually started as Rookie, Langford showed promise and many pundits are saying Tayo Fabaluje is a diamond in the rough who just needs to lose weight and work on his techniqe because he is supposedly very quick in his feet and strong and tall 6’7″ Plus, some UFA rookies started for us and looked promising in Timu, Jones-Quartey, Anderson… The only in-known is white so I think Pace did really really well with last year’s draft.

          • willbest

            I think Pace’s first draft was competent, but not special. Amos looks like his best find. We will see if White is worth #7 next year. Where Pace I think has really shined is in finding undrafted talent to work in Fox’s system.

  • TBC

    I’m amused by DaBearsBlog’s ongoing evaluation of HaHa Clinton-Dix.
    I think he is a good player.
    The Packers think he is a good player.
    The national audience thinks he is a good player.
    Jeff and Andrew think he’s a bum.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      i am amused you still come around here.

    • You can answer your own question.

      You think Dix outperformed Amos last year?

      That should tell you all you need to know about Ha-ha

      • TBC

        Is that a serious question?

  • Did Laquon Treadwell die?

    Don’t see him in the mock.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      AD put a guy at 31 just because he was too lazy to figure out why his mock was screwed up.
      So….

    • AlbertInTucson

      Pat Kirwan (NFL RADIO) has HIM to the Bears in the first.

      No, Pat, no.

      • Pat is a pretty good analyst, but must be the WORST mocker out there.

        I don’t know how someone good at talking football can be so bad in mocks. It’s like he throws darts at the board.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I enjoy Kirwan but, how can anyone not see how badly the Bears need playmakers on defense?

        • Irish Sweetness

          If I recall, he’s one of the worst at picking winners, too. Like significantly WORSE than a coin flip.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        He’s off his nut.

  • Joey Bosa is going to be a bust.

    Butch’s bold prediction of the day.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse
      • Yup. Couldn’t agree more.

        “Bosa actually reminds me of former Jets first-round pick Quinton Coples, two big, strong guys with good technique. Bosa’s is definitely better, but neither really player is all that special of an athlete on film. If you think my comparison ofBosa to Coples is a diss, you couldn’t be more wrong. I’ve always been abig Coples fan and kinda still am.At the same time, the reality
        is Coples was a mid-first-round pick who didn’t work out with the Jets and is currently looking for his third team.”

        • Trac

          That means if he falls to number 11, he’ll be a Bear. Watch.

          • DaMurph

            sheeeesh ya Debbie Downer!

    • DaMurph

      They are talking the second coming of JJ Watt

      • Not even close. At first, I liked the idea of Bosa. Size, strength, production.

        But he doesn’t look EXPLOSIVE. That’s kinda important for pass rusher.

        I think his ceiling is Chris Long and his floor, well, that can get ugly.

        Doubt he falls to the Bears, but if we draft, we should know what we’re getting. A good DE who can occasionally pass rush, not some dominant JJ.

        At #11, that aint bad at all, but for those guys picking in the top 3, that might be GM firing worthy.

    • Irish Sweetness

      He has that Bosworth-esque whiff about him all right.

  • Sactowns#1
  • AlbertInTucson

    Falcons released Roddy White.

    He’ll be 35 in November which surprised me. Didn’t know he was that far along but his production fell off mightily of late.

    • Father time wins again.
      In some ways, he’s like the WR version of Peanut.

      Very productive and underrated for a long time, but inj plagued later in his career.

      Their careers sorta paralleld.

    • willbest

      Wow 35… did he come into the league late? I could swear he was a sensation only a few years ago. Has it really been that long. Time is flying.

      • he toiled in obscurity on shitty ATL teams for a couple years until Matt Ryan showed up.

        He entered the league in 2005. Burst onto the scene in 2007, his 1st of 6 straight 1,150+ yard seasons.

        Born in 81, drafted in 05, means he was 24 at the draft.

        • AlbertInTucson

          “Born in 81”

          Damn.

          I was MARRIED in ’81 !

    • and he was never a burner to begin with

  • Trac

    Just watched the 30 for 30 special on the 85 Bears.

    1. Ditka ‘ s portrayal was very unflattering. I thought that it was done on purpose. I was left with a genuine sense that maybe the team really didn’t like him.

    2. Buddy got a bum wrap by the Bears front office and Chicago media spin machine back in the day.

    3. A once in a million years cosmic event.

    • Did u watch it on Netflix?

      It’s on Netflix now peeps.

      It’s a shame those types of hits are illegal now. That’s why I, and I think many others, became football fans, esp bears football fans.

      Take that away, and what do we have?

      read-option patty-cake.

      Imagine a QB trying the read option vs the 85 bears!

      • Trac

        I think the 85 Bears tapped into the most primitive instincts known to man. Love, pain, loss, desire and glory all wrapped up in a football team. It was an amazing event.

        • They were also pretty funny. The fridge, the dancy, sweetness and his pranks.

          85 Bears are the closest creation the U.S. has to a Greek Epic.

          • Trac

            Yes, all of the above. The most surprising thing about the video was how pathetic it made Ditka look. You gotta believe it was because that’s how the players felt about him. It seemed like the Flutie thing really lost what little respect they had left for him.

          • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

            The team does hate him.

            No ’85 Bear, not even Thayer who tries to be friends with everyone, ever shows up at Ditka’s. Even Hampton won’t go to Ditkas for any event.

          • Trac

            I had never seen Ditka in that light before. Now I understand what you and Dave have been talking about when it came up from time to time in the past. I never knew how the players felt.

          • MB30SD

            We all went to ditkas… the seafood tower was fabulous.

            Tasted like equal parts hate and victory

          • CanadaBear

            When Ditka got on the team about all the commercials and the OL opted out of a commercial, only to see Ditka take the endorsement, that was the end of it for Ditka.

      • SC Dave

        A bad end for theoffense

        • Target practice.

          • BillW

            I think I said this once, but in the old Soldier Field the South tunnel was the pathway out of the stadium to the streets.

            That’s where they parked the ambulance, In full view for everyone – (especially the opposing team?) to see.

    • SC Dave

      1. Ditka was an ass. But perfect for the role as the one shot wonder. I’ll always agree 1M% with Dent’s assessment.
      2. Don’t care, wrt media anyway. Ryan, as Ditka, were no better than the players. They all fed off each other. Leading to exactly…
      3. and unfortunately, probably a once- in- a- lifetime event

    • Irish Sweetness

      I was buying into the “we could a been a dynasty” thing, and then I recently watched the SF playoff-drubbing we got in ’88. 28-3. We were terrible. Basically the same team, McMahon was starting, and it was in Chicago.

      • I LIKE that the 85 bears weren’t a dynasty.
        It’s like dying mid-coitus. It’s glorious in its singular splendor.
        Like true greatness, unique and unreplicated.

        It adds to the mystique.

        • BillW

          Though I would not have quite put it like that, I felt the very same thing when watching 30 for 30. Especially after talking to my two boys about it.

          The mystique – the ephemeral nature of it. Happened but once and everyone realizes it will never happen again.

  • instead of watching sweaty buff men in spandex choke each other in contorted positions (nttawwt)

    http://www.tutorialous.com/this-lingerie-fighting-league-is-far-better-than-m-p2838

  • AlbertInTucson

    Whose “Johnson” made a “Surprise Guest Appearance in somebody’s 40 yard dash? Not a good ad for UnderArmour

    • MB30SD

      hahahaha… you have to have a link al

      • Huge Bear’s Penis
        • AlbertInTucson

          More appropriate that the link should be provided by HBP. I only heard about it from the Steve Czaban show.

        • MB30SD

          That man looked like he was smuggling a large teacup terrier in his shorts.

        • Shady

          I thought tripping over your dick was just a figure of speech

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            That had to be a really painful rugburn.

          • Shady

            I imagine guys will be slapping some of that turf burn tape on their schlongs next year. Just in case.

          • MB30SD

            Looked like you were tripping over dick last night foo

          • Shady

            I thought Rabbit and Doc were going to join us last night, wha happened?

          • MB30SD

            Escared

    • Trac

      Kind of reminds me of a guy we called “Fitz” when I was in the Marines. A Commanding General called him out for having a bulging pocket during an inspection once. When he asked Fitz to empty his pockets out, Fitz replied, “I can’t Sir, that’s my dick”. Hahaha

      • MB30SD

        Hahahaha… my son just woke up with some morning wood and he was like daddy, what’s this… why’s my penis doing this.

        I did my very best not to blurt out, “you’re welcome bubba.”

        Instead, I said in a very calm normal voice, that’s totally normal bubba, every man gets it. After you pee it will go away. Little does he know that in about 10-12 years it will be used as a weapon of mass destruction… chip off the old block!

        Hahahaha

        • Trac

          Hahaha. Aaah …..

  • MB30SD
  • Irish Sweetness

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog

    Two Cathedrals is the greatest hour ever produced for television.

    Wow. That’s the exact same comment left under this video.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Trump opponents should have just split this into segments and run them over and over.
    John Oliver. Damning stuff.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Don’t say shit like that. I actually live here.

    • MB30SD

      jon oliver is a fucking mac. love that limey fuck

      • AlbertInTucson

        Like every in England is so great.

    • willbest

      It was a really funny take down. However, everybody is that awful if when John Oliver gets done with them. The FBI just granted the tech that set up Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server immunity. That is the sort of thing where if you are the lawyer for Clinton you call her up and ask her to put a couple hundred thousand retainer in before somebody freezes her accounts. She really is going to need to win this election to avoid jail time. I said it 2 months ago (maybe not here) but Its going to be Biden vs. Trump.

      Anyway Trump really is starting to pile up all the right kinds of endorsements. The Pope, Tres el Presidentes de Mexico, high ranking Communist China Party leaders, the House of Commons, and now Mitt Romney. Its really hard to not like a guy that is disliked by such a distinguished group.

      • Trac

        Dream on wil. Ain’t gonna happen on the Hillary thing. She’s way too big to jail, the press won’t allow it.

        • willbest

          I don’t know about that. The show has gone on far longer than necessary for the 40% of the country that would ever be willing to vote for her. Why is it still going on?

          • Trac

            Because evra politician that tries to pursue prosecution will be blackmailed or attacked. You’ll see a campaign of rumors continue but nothing more than that imo.

          • willbest

            Here is the thing. Somebody has to go to jail at this point. Is Huma or one of her other aides going to be willing to jump on that grenade? Who is going to be Hillary’s Scooter Libby?

          • Trac

            My money’s on the mail room clerk. He he.

            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7Tbsd6IbFTA

        • AlbertInTucson

          More importantly, this administration’s Justice Department and AG will not pursue it.

        • MB30SD

          Agree and don’t think trump has a snowball’s chance in hell

      • Big Mike

        How could this warrant jail time, while constructing an elaborate lie about weapons of mass destruction is not?

        • willbest

          You are of course aware that they did find WMD in Iraq. Now they were the pussy kind, but they had that definition. So are you making the claim that those were planted there?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Nerve gas, I believe.

          • willbest

            Right but WMD somehow only means nukes.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Mass. yes.

          • Big Mike

            My understanding is that Collin Powell was deceived into believing the threat was substantially greater than what was found. What they claimed was there was not.The lies and crimes that are executed by politicians of both parties, go way beyond Clinton’s administrative stupidity and clumsy handling of the aftermath. That’s her stock in trade. She makes stupid mistakes, but screws it up even more trying to cover her ass.

          • willbest

            She didn’t make a mistake. She was advised against doing it and did it anyway. Look, at the same time she was subverting US archiving records and
            classified information security, the Clinton Foundation was receiving
            millions of dollars from foreign governments and corporations. And the 2000 or so e-mails they found to contain classified information is only the half of it. She destroyed an estimated 30,000 e-mails before turning over the server.

            As for Powell, they didn’t find the threat they claimed, so yes we are down to either a lie or a mistake. And I know you (or somebody the other day) mentioned the European intelligence agencies didn’t back them up but then we spend more money on the NSA and CIA than all of Europe spends on their espionage services combined. And as we know by now, about half of everybody’s budget is spying on their allies.

            Lastly, Clinton was part of the whole Iraq War thing, so I am not exactly sure what you are trying to demonstrate other than to point out there hasn’t been an evil doing in government that she hasn’t been privy too since 1992.

          • Big Mike

            Well researched. For me it comes down to a lack of options. Trump, Rubio, Cruz, cross the line on some issues that are important to me. Clinton/Sanders don’t. Being a guy with more than a few bucks, Sanders would take too big a bit out of my wallet, or try to. Really don’t mind paying taxes and I believe that after a strong defense, (not a blank check), restoration of the middle class is the countries most significant priority in the US.

            Now back to important topics, that we have just as little influence over, but are fra more fun.

          • willbest

            But new league year doesn’t start for 6 more days!

          • Big Mike

            Make some shit up 🙂

          • Captain Obvious

            I was in Iraq. I served 2 tours there. There were no WMD there post 1996. What are your sources?

          • willbest

            3 seconds of google and you know you come up with such right-wing rags as the New York Times talking about it. But you know. Whatever.

            http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/16/world/cia-is-said-to-have-bought-and-destroyed-iraqi-chemical-weapons.html

          • AlbertInTucson

            I doubt the Kurds would agree with that “pussy” assessment.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Condi – Colin, or somebody – showed us long cylindrical weapons and implied that they were ballistic missiles and that Iraq had fissionable material.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

  • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

    Arian Foster: From FF darling to unemployed in 2 years.

    • AlbertInTucson

      His body just said “I give up”.

      • Big Mike

        See Marshawn Lynch. It just happens for RBs

        • AlbertInTucson

          Which is why the Bears did not choose to further invest in Matt Forte who will be closer to 31 than 30 come this season and, more importantly, closer to 32 than 31 the following season which is where the Bears are looking.

          • CanadaBear

            Not to mention it looked to me like Matt was just a slight bit slower. Maybe it was due to Langford being faster but Forte just seemed slightly off last season.

  • AlbertInTucson
    • willbest

      That sucks, for us.

    • BillW

      Photshopped perhaps? It looks pretty weird on his right side.

      And if he really did lose all that weight that fast, I doubt he’ll keep it off.

      Of course, McCarthy never told him he needed to KEEP it off, did he?

      • willbest

        I don’t know. 7-figure salaries are pretty bloody powerful motivators.

      • AlbertInTucson

        McCarthy could shed a few, too.

  • Big Mike

    is there any Bears “news” Bored..

    • Huge Bear’s Penis
      • Big Mike

        Thanks

      • Irish Sweetness

        That’s what I’d want guarding my property.

        If I had a property worth guarding.

        • CanadaBear

          I’m guessing they don’t get a lot of break-ins.

    • willbest

      Rumor has it Pace doesn’t wear the same pair of socks twice. Actually I just made that up, but it does beg the question doesn’t it?

      • Big Mike

        I heard that he has a lucky undershirt and that means he’s not going to trade Martellus Bennet

      • AlbertInTucson

        Just a rumor, but, I MAY have socks OLDER than Pace in my sock drawer.

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

    Got dragged into a free agency and draft discussion at work yesterday. It did not go well. Apparently there are people out there that still believe that we need a rookie QB instead of DE,OLB, DT, ILB, S, CB, OG………

    • Big Mike

      Afternoon Radio Talk Show callers and ESPN – Chicago Comment section. SMH. I think these are the football equivalent of birthers, or the people who deny evolution.

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        I was proud of myself. I stuck to the facts, pointed out what kind of team just won the superbowl, cited games that were lost this season simply because of last minute game killing Defensive breakdowns, a lack of passrush, yards after catch and how TE’s rape the middle of the field on the Bears, how many UDFA’s we had playing, etc.
        The response from 2 co-workers: “Cutler is not a winner”.

        • TBC

          Looks like it was hard evidence from all parties involved! Very encouraging for the future of water-cooler analysis.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            get a handle

        • Big Mike

          I got so pissed off by a fellow coach this past November. We were talking football, he knows I love the Bears. He said Cutler sucks. I asked him why he thought that was the case. He just kept saying cliches from the talking heads. “He’s not tough”, “he’s a coach killer”, “he throws a lot of interceptions”, “he’s a clubhouse cancer”. None of which, (with the exception of interceptions), is true. But in this coach’s mind, he was making these statements as the expert of all experts. I deconstructed his argument over the course of the practice, totally distracted from my job. No progress was made. Kids were all asking what I was so hot about. I put my second team offense in, with the first string QB. All of a sudden my first string QB looked like douche.

          • willbest

            I didn’t know you knew Boers or Bernstein.

          • Big Mike

            I don’t know who those guys are. Sports radio guys?

          • willbest

            Yeah on the Score. That has basically been their entire Cutler shtick for the last half decade.

          • Big Mike

            Don’t listen to it. He’s no Joe Montana or Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers, but he is far and away the Bears best alternative. The cost of replacing him derails rebuilding the club. You build a great team from inside out. OL/DL ILB/RB Safeties, WR, CBs QB You don’t have to go in order, but you damn well need to start with the OL/DL. They have the effect of making everyone else substantially better. A dominant OL makes an average qb very good. With a good OL, White, Alshon, Langsford, Bennet Cutler can be a top 5-10 guy for a few more years.

          • willbest

            That I understand. Look at Indy. A competent QB is a merely a requirement to be competitive, but it won’t automatically make you competitive. And even a unique talent isn’t going to get you very far unless you can win in the trench.

          • Big Mike

            Plus QBs are an all in crap shoot. Bears are so close on the OL. A stud RG in FA (because they won’t break the bank) is the first move. I’m hoping to Halas that Grasu bulks up and takes a big step up with his game, otherwise I’d like Slauson and Center and we’d have to get a Left Guard as well. I’m leaving Leno out there at LT because finding a stud LT is almost as hard as getting a QB.

            If we didn’t have gaping holes everywhere on defense, I’d draft OL alll day until I had 5 pro bowl guys tackle to tackle.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Have we given up on Montgomery?
            Isn’t Long going to LT?
            I feel it in my waters that Tayo should be in there at RG.

          • Big Mike

            He was on a one year contract. So he’d need to be a FA signing. He could be a good pick up. No idea about Long. I don’t think it’s a good idea to move him to LT. That’s an even harder move than going from RG to RT for a guy like Long. We can do better than Tayo to upgrade.

          • Irish Sweetness

            We need receivers IMO, but yes, investing on the OL, equal to the investment on the DL is key.

          • Big Mike

            To be honest, in my mind WR is locked up with Jefferies, White and Royal (3year deal), Marques Wilson and whichever practice squad players from last year they want to keep around.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            your fellow coach forgot to mention Cutler and his wife are an anti-vaxxers.

          • Big Mike

            I don’t think Cutler is, but if the supermodel hot wife says anti-vaxx…

          • willbest

            There is a not so funny joke that if you want to know where the lowest rates of vaccinations are just put a pin in a map where there is a whole foods. And that makes sense if you think about it. The Cutlers can afford to ensure their children around near any undesirables when they are coughing.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            People who are not nearly as smart as they think they are…yup.

          • willbest

            Well I am not a militant vaxxer. Nobody can explain to me why our doctors are smarter than the European or Japanese ones that have less aggressive vaccination schedules. And I have zero intention of letting my kids get that HPV one which 5 years studies have shown is at best inconclusive, and at worse dangerous. So I understand some of it. But if you want to start ducking Polio, Rubella, Mumps, and a bunch of others you are straight up nutters.

          • Big Mike

            Two maps
            Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks

            http://i.imgur.com/5i3FZgT.png – 2008 – 49 cases in North America
            http://i.imgur.com/MqGN0XP.png – 2015 over 1,000.

          • willbest

            I am shocked that your 2008 map pegs two regions of the country where there are Amish communities.

            i don’t know what the colors represent but if any of them are Whooping Cough I don’t consider that vaccine-preventable anymore since it only seems to last about 2-5 years in the average person and in the best case you are getting it every 10 years unless you are a healthcare professional.

          • Big Mike

            Measles

          • Big Mike
          • AlbertInTucson

            He believed the propaganda.

        • There is that. Everyone talks about the “it” factor, and many fans don’t think Cutler has that certain je ne sais quoi.

          That’s why ppl like Irish still think McMahon is a superior QB.

          • Ososfan

            Haha!

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            Manning didn’t have “any factor” and they won the superbowl because they had a game changing D, weapons on the edges, a decent running back, etc.
            A badass interior O and D give you stability and consistency. Playmakers on the edges of your O and D put incredible pressure on the other team. Speed makes up for perfection. Luck plays a part.

            Bears had an average interior O a substandard interior D, no badass playmakers on the edges of O or D. No team speed and bad luck and they still could have gone 9-7 with a few tweaks.

          • All that takes YEARS to assemble (and high draft picks).

            Von Miller went #2 overall in 2011.

            He won a SB in 2015.

            So, will Cutty be viable when our studs ripen in 2019?

          • AlbertInTucson

            The Patriots seem to think Brady will be viable until he’s 42.

            They better protect him better than they did THIS season or he’ll never make that.

          • AlbertInTucson

            McMahon got away with a lot in ’85 and had a lot of blemishes covered up because of that (usually) suffocating defense.

            He had his moments, like that Thursday night in Minnesota.

            The offense responded nicely early in the season the D was getting worked by, of all teams, Tampa Bay. Bears trailed 21-7 and 28-17 in that game before winning 38-28 but even one of THOSE TDs was a Les Frazier pick 6.

            They won that Dallas game 44-0 on a day when the offense was led by Steve Fuller and was less than good.

            Likewise, when they crushed the Redskins that year, it was all about the Defense.

            McMahon threw 15 TDs and 11 picks that year. That’s 11 INTs in 13 games.

            He couldn’t save the D when they fell on their face in Miami.

            For every 10 TDs he threw in his career, he threw 9 picks.

            He wrote a lot of checks his arm couldn’t cash.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Yet Mike Ditka said that without McMahon there’s no Lombardi.

            And … perhaps … if McMahon had started …we are the only unbeaten super bowl team in league history.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I did not mean to insinuate that hat he was not a factor in winning it all and, yes, if he could have stayed healthy the Bears perhaps get another ring.

            As for unbeaten? He DID play the Miami game.

          • Irish Sweetness

            He is. He was 25-0 as a starter at one point. He won a Lombardi (actually 2). And in college he was not only a winner, but held 77 NCAA records. In every measurable way, he was a winner.

      • Sactowns#1

        +1 for the birther reference.

    • If Wentz is there at #11, Bears are drafting him.

      And I can’t say I would disagree.

      That would just mean we’d have to go all in in FA on D though.

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        if we draft a QB at 11 I will not watch the upcoming season.

      • Big Mike

        I hate QBs

    • Irish Sweetness

      I can’t think of any position other than QB where I would cough up a testicle if we drafted it.

  • willbest

    I will take a stab at Bears news. Pace has signed none of the 53-man FA so far (though he has 9 of the 10 practice squad members to reserve/future contracts).

    Does that not seem odd to people?

    I get that Miller and Porter might want more money than the Bears want to offer.

    But it seems to me there is a lot of camp fodder to be had particularly in the WR who have all worked with Cutler (Thompson, Mariani, Bellamy). Unrein, Jenkins, Acho, Jacq as other possibilities. I don’t think any of these guys are going to command more than Vet min.

    • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

      Miller gets to entertain offers.

      Pace should work to sign Miller. Khari Lee is 6’4″, 270, but he’s no Black Unicorn. Miller can line up slot and offers a lot of versatility and has a connection with Cutler.

    • That Guy

      I think Jeffery was a big wildcard initially. So is FA (which starts in the next little while). Once the Bears get some of the big money commitments figured out, then the next wave of mid-tier contracts can be signed.

    • Big Mike

      Every one of those receivers is a practice squad player. Jeffery, White, Royal, Wilson those are front line receivers. After that its depth. Nobody is banging down the door for any of those guys. 2-3 of them will get signed.

      My take is that Pace is keeping as much cap room as possible available for the start of FA to see what he can land. He knows what the Bears need. You can be sure he has 3-5 targets. It’s about optimizing the spend. After the first day’s capture, there will be complimentary FAs added that will be expected to start. Then you can go back to work on the FAs you listed that should only be foro competition/depth. Not signing any of those guys tells me, he expects to be able to do do better than them at those positions.

  • Ososfan

    I really want Buckner, if he’s not available, take the next best available OT and shore up the line for years. This draft is deep in D-line and interior O-line talent supposedly. So we can prob get a Guard in the 3rd round who could start day 1 next to Long. The great thing about Leno is that he’s played multiple positions so he can be the swing tackle or even help inside until the rooks get up to form.

    • You want a mean MOFO at OT?

      Conklin is ur man.

      • Ososfan

        Conklin in the second would not be a bad pick at all! I’d be souped.

  • Trac

    I had to laugh when the Bears were mocked here. Practically every position was listed as a position of need.. Hahaha. Oh brudda…

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JN62L17d_Zo

    • That Guy

      Honestly, every position on this team is a position of need to one degree or another.

      We don’t have a backup QB, we could add a running back or a tight end for sure. We can always add another WR, particularly a slot guy. We definitely need offensive linemen pretty much everywhere but at center. We need guys on the D-line and linebacker both inside and outside. We need guys in the secondary.

      I can’t think of a single position on the team outside of FG kicker that’s not in need of more bodies.

      • willbest

        Yeah I am going to go ahead and call the kicker out on that too.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        should have cut the FG kicker- better bring in a couple for a real competition.

      • Trac

        Yup, I agree. Pace has his work cut out for him.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Nobody has a backup QB.

        Your #1 guy goes down, you’re screwed.

        A lot of teams have starters who probably SHOULD be back-up QBs.

        • Irish Sweetness

          David Fales is not a bad QB.
          On the plus side of things, we don’t know how good he is/will be.
          Let’s just pray we don’t have to find out, or that we can just enjoy him when he comes in to mop up.

        • That Guy

          The Redskins had a true backup. When RGIII went down, Cousins was a viable option. Turns out he was the better option.

          The Patriots and Packers have both carried decent backups as well.

          There’s a certain kind of QB that will never start, but will be able to perform well in a pinch if he’s been in the system for a while.

          Josh McCown was that kind of player.

          I don’t think the Bears have to draft Jay’s replacement, but they should try to draft McCown’s replacement. If he plays well for a year, we have the 4 year deal to keep him in our building. If he turns out to eclipse Jay (as happens to some team every 2-3 years), well that’s just a pleasant surprise.

      • We also need a new kicker

      • Irish Sweetness
  • Here’s a really in-depth nitty gritty talk on the combine, from hand size, 3cone drills, medicals, and everything in between. If ur in traffic or waiting room, or just wanna hear some interesting analysis, check it out.

    http://podcast.footballguys.com/2016/Footballguys-Audible-2016-Vol16a.mp3

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse
    • Irish Sweetness

      They didn’t get the memo about Henry in the second.

    • DaMurph

      Elliot is a great player, but our needs in other areas far outweigh his greatness.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    What about signing Mack at Center and shifting Grasu?

    • Frank Schoenburg

      No

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Thanks for the insight, Frank.

        • Frank Schoenburg

          Your welcome.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            You know, you don’t pay by the character for your posts. You can use the missing ‘ in “you’re”.

          • Frank Schoenburg

            Thanks for the insight Mike.

          • MB30SD

            You forgot the comma

          • Frank Schoenburg

            I know:)

    • I was thinking about that.
      I think Grassu is too weak period, for either C or OG, but at least at C he works in tandem.

      At OG he might be put on skates even more.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I think we have to give Grasu a break, he was under-sized, but he just got drafted and was pushed into action before it was intended. Give him a season or two in a pro weight-room.

        • That Guy

          He can’t sit for another 2 years. The point of a player like Grasu is that you can develop him for a year or two for very little money thanks to the rookie wage scale.

          But you can’t sign a guy and expect him to spend the entire rookie deal on the bench. You want to get some good playing time for the money or else cut/trade him and let some other young rookie try to earn a starting spot.

      • Big Mike

        There is no way he’s a guard.

    • DaMurph

      Not big enough to be a guard. Sign Mack and let Grasu bulk up and learn. It wont hurt him to sit for two or three years

      • Big Mike

        Sitting that long is pushing it. Falls into bust territory. Grasu should be ready this year. Mack is a luxury. Bringing Montgomery back might be the move. Let him battle it out with Grasu.

        • DaMurph

          Id see if he can be a long snapper then. I think he was over matched last year. I have no idea what his off season was but I guess we will get a look come training camp.

          • Big Mike

            If he dedicates himself he can gain 15-20lb of muscle, increasing his functional strength in the process. At 310-320 (He was listed last year at 297), he’ll be better suited for the rigors of the NFL. His technique has quite a bit of room for improvement. His athleticism is his strong suit. He was very good getting to the second level and creating seams. Moving a guy out of the hole 1 on 1 was not his strength. Combination of technique and raw power. If he gets stronger, and makes improvements to his technique in his 2nd off season, he will be noticeably better next year.

  • MB30SD
    • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

      Gumpert went bankrupt

    • Irish Sweetness

      Yo MB, is Donald Butler any good? Just got released.

      Panthers just cut Charles Johnson too.

      • MB30SD

        Meh

  • Thank you, this is the first mock I’ve seen with Josh Doctson as the first WR taken, and as a big TCU fan I’m biased but you are absolutely correct, dude catches everything and I thought he was the best WR in the country. Would love to see Cutty throwing the ball up to him.

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