Monday, May 2, 2016

Podcast: Breaking down the Chicago Bears 2016 Draft class

The NFL Draft is over.  We break down the Bears draft picks and discuss how they proceed into the season.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Monday, April 25, 2016

Final Bears 7-Round Mock Draft!

The Chicago Bears had a strong class of picks under GM Ryan Pace's first draft last year.  Who will the Bears pick in the 2016 NFL Draft?

This is our final mock draft of 2016.  4/25/2016

FIRST ROUND:

Ronnie Stanley, OT (Notre Dame)



The Bears have a probowl RG, a big free agent pick up at RT, big competition at C and LG.  You add a solid pick at LT and the Bears o-line is in business.


SECOND ROUND:

Keanu Neal, S (Florida)



Antrel Rolle is old and can't play anymore.  Adrian Amos can only play one of the two spots.  So what do you do?  You add a hit machine.


THIRD ROUND:

Derrick Henry, RB (Alabama)




In a shocker, the giant falls to the early third round.  The Bears swoop in and suddenly that running game is potent.


FOURTH ROUND:

Maliek Collins, DR (Nebraska)



I was torn about this pick.  Will need to get much stronger, but he's super athletic and quick, especially for his size.


FOURTH ROUND:

Eric Murray, CB (Minnesota)




Good cover skills.  Tough against the run.  Just a bit short.

FIFTH ROUND:

Thomas Duarte, TE/WR (UCLA)




Route running of the WR, but he is a bit of a tweener.  Likely to be a tough matchup at TE.  I think he could be a steal in this round.


SIXTH ROUND:

Ron Thompson, DE (Syracuse)




Really athletic guy.  Undersized to be a 4-3 DE, which is what he played in college.  I think he could be an ideal 3-4 OLB.  Bears get a steal here.


SIXTH ROUND:

Beau Sandland, TE (Montana State)




JUCO transfer.  HUGE potential, but will need a lot of work.  This is a project you put on the practice squad and he's a player for you next year.



SEVENTH ROUND:

Trevone Boykin, QB (TCU)




Too short.  System quarterback.  But he is athletic enough and has a strong arm that you might as well take a flyer on him.  

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Podcast: Blackhawks force a game 7, NFL Draft is here, and Cubs/Sox kicking butt

Cubs rolling.  White Sox off to a hot start.  The Blackhawks and Blues go to game 7 in the Stanley Cup playoffs.  And we talk for the last time prior to Thursday's NFL draft.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Monday, April 18, 2016

Podcast: Cubs and Sox off to solid starts. NFL draft around the corner. STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS!!!

Cubs rolling.  White Sox off to a hot start.  Bulls brass slinks off after the season.  The Blackhawks and Blues in a tough battle in the Stanley Cup playoffs.  And we do our penultimate NFL mock draft.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Podcast: MLB opening week, Schwarber injury, Edge Rushers in the NFL draft

MLB opening day is here!  We talk about Kyle Schwarber's injury, the Cubs and White Sox hot starts.  We share our disgust at this year's Bulls teams.  And we talk Stanley Cup playoffs.  And we discuss the Edge Rushers in this years NFL draft.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago.
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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Chicago Bears 7 round mock draft 7.0

The Chicago Bears had a strong class of picks under GM Ryan Pace's first draft last year.  Who will the Bears pick in the 2016 NFL Draft?

With the aid of the site First-Pick.com, here is our mock draft 7.0 from April 9, 2016.

FIRST ROUND:

Shaq Lawson, OLB (Clemson)


Not the exact situation Ryan Pace is looking for with Goff, Wentz, Tunsil, Stanley, Ramsey, and Buckner off the board.  But you make do, right?  Shaq Lawson reminds me a lot of Pernell McPhee.  On one hand, that's because McPhee is the Bears best defensive player.  On the other hand, McPhee isn't a double sack guy.  With the #11 pick, you really want an elite pass rusher.  This is what happens in a draft class that lacks elite players.


SECOND ROUND:

Connor Cook, QB (Michigan State)


Let's face it.  The Bears need a long term answer at quarterback.  Jay is an above average QB, but he's on the wrong side of 30 and makes a lot of money.  I really only like 3 quarterbacks in this draft.  In this mock, two are already off the boards.  If you can get your third favorite in the second round...score!


THIRD ROUND:

Karl Joseph, S (West Virginia)



He suffered a season-ending knee injury.  That's the bad news.  The good news is he's a really heavy hitter that will use his body as a human missile.


FOURTH ROUND:

Bralon Addison, WR (Oregon)


Very quick.  Wore weird Oregon uniforms in college.  Didn't show any ill effects from a 2014 knee injury.  Probably winds up playing the slot position for the Bears when Eddie Royal gets hurt.


FOURTH ROUND:

C.J. Prosise, RB (Notre Dame)



Very limited experience at the runningback position.  Still has some kinks in his form.  But shows a ton of promise and when you put him in a rotation with Langford and Carey...I dig it.

FIFTH ROUND:

Bryce Williams, TE (East Carolina)



Poor man's Greg Olsen.  Other than his inability to block, I like Greg.  So there...


SIXTH ROUND:

Daryl Worley, CB (West Virginia)



Good size, good quickness, bad tackler.  Luckily you can learn tackling.


SIXTH ROUND:

D.J. Reader, DT (Clemson)



Big, athletic guy.  Can play 3-technique, but stout enough to play DE in a 3-4 defense. Had a great senior bowl week, but nothing spectacular in his college career.  



SEVENTH ROUND:

KeiVarae Russell, CB (Notre Dame)



Was a day 1 starter for Notre Dame until he had some university issues which cost him his college career.  Late 2-mid 3 round talent that falls to late or undrafted status.  Well worth the shot.

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