2017 NFL Mock Draft 3-23-17


Time for another 2017 NFL mock draft update.

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Four Teams Where Jay Cutler Might Land this Free Agency Period

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Now that Jay Cutler is officially gone from Chicago, it’s time to look at where he might land. It’s also time to consider what exactly the Cutler legacy with the Chicago Bears will be, and we’ve already done that over at this link.

Here are four teams to consider:

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Jay Cutler Officially Done in Chicago; what will his Legacy with the Bears Be?

Recently, there have been numerous reports that the Chicago Bears were aggressively shopping Jay Cutler. In a way that’s not really news as the Bears tried to move him on NFL Draft day a couple years, reportedly to the Tennessee Titans, who supposedly ended up not quite interested enough to take him.

Then, in the next Jay Cutler news cycle, there was talk that the polarizing quarterback was considering early retirement.
That’s obviously a euphemism for “no takers.” Now, on March 9th, the news became official- the Bears will release him, and he shall become a free agent.

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Deshaun Watson Could be the Chicago Bears Anti-Jay Cutler


Opinions on the NFL Draft stock of former Clemson QB Deshaun Watson are extremely polarized. Many find the winner of all winners and achiever of all achievers in this quarterback class as the #1 signal caller available.

Others see a spread-formation quarterback, who will have issues adjusting to life as a primary pocket passer. It’s not just an issue for Deshaun Watson, but all former spread QBs. It’s a question that he just couldn’t answer at the NFL Scouting Combine, because the event doesn’t lend itself to doing so.

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How Would Mitch Trubisky fit in with the Chicago Bears?

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Former North Carolina Quarterback Mitch Trubisky asked people to start calling him Mitchell during the Scouting Combine this past weekend. Okay, how about we call him Mitchell, but then give him a nickname, I suggest “Mitch.”

Mitchell, or well we’ll just stick with Mitch Trubisky for now, is rated the third quarterback on the board for NFL Network Draft guru Mike Mayock.

“He’s polished,” Mayock said when he met the media during the combine availability post QB workouts.

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Brian Urlacher Talks Bears, Hair Restoral, Cubs, Illini and More (Semi-Exclusive)

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“Anything that Brian is doing, of course should be entertaining,” said former Chicago Bears and current Illinois Fighting Illini Head Coach Lovie Smith this past week.

“I’m sure they’ll all have a great time with it,” Smith responded when we informed him exactly what Brian Urlacher would be up to this Sunday.

Smith was spot on, and perhaps even understating it a bit. Urlacher was one of the many celebrities appearing at the 17th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge Sunday morning at North Avenue beach, benefiting Special Olympics Chicago. Urlacher met with fans, took lots of pictures and served up bratwursts for Johnsonville, on a 65-foot semi-truck grill which can reportedly cook 2,500 brats an hour.

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Martellus Bennett Only Patriot Speaking Up Against Trump, Not “Sticking to Sports”


New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett is as colorful a character as any in the NFL. He’s also among the most courageous and socially active. It’s hard to root against anyone with that both that much personality and qualities deserving of admiration.

As Nancy Armour of USA Today reported, the point of Media Day sessions are to talk without ever saying anything. To meet the press, and give them very little, if any, soundbites of actual news value. For Super Bowl Media week, those “goals” are magnified.

It gets kicked up a notch when you have the Patriots in the bowl, because “The Patriot Way” is to always speak to all media members in worthless coachspeak cliches and meaningless Bradyspeak platitudes.

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12 Potential Chicago College Football Bowl Game Names


With the idea of bringing a college football bowl game to Chicago gathering steam, we penned an op-ed on this idea for the Chicago Tribune RedEye edition. You can read it in full over at this link, and we excerpted part of the introduction below:

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2017 NFL mock draft 12-22-16


In our 2017 NFL mock draft, we based the order on the actual current order as of December 21st, with some good help from our friends at NFL Trade Rumors.

Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account, as team needs are a very fluid situation. Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Season’s Greetings, Happy Kwanza, Joyous Hannukah, Joy Noel, Make the Yuletide gay and a warm festivus for the rest of us.

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Jay Cutler Done in 2016, Likely in Chicago Too, We Mean it this Time


As the last days of 2013 winded down the future of Jay Cutler was in limbo. When his Chicago Bears blew a regular season finale that functioned as a playoffs play-in game versus the Green Bay Packers, his season was over and his contract was up. Then came reports he might not be staying, followed by Cutler himself talking that potential talk in press opportunities.

Perhaps it was just agent-driven posturing, maybe it was legitimate, maybe it was a little of both, but it certainly worked as the Chicago Bears realized what they might lose and therefore locked up with a monster contract as they ushered in 2014.

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Reports: John Fox on Hot Seat, Jay Cutler Exit Not Inevitable


In the words of Tribe Called Quest, “here we go yo, here we go yo, so what so what so what’s the scenario” with the Chicago Bears moving forward?

We’ve heard all about outside consultants coming in to evaluate the organization from top to bottom.

We’ve heard the pressure could be ramping up on both Head Coach John Fox and General Manager Ryan Pace. We’ve heard Jay Cutler could be done for the season, due to a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, and thus also finished as a Chicago Bear because he’s supposedly out the door once the season is over.

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Interest in the Chicago Bears as Low as It’s Ever Been

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Today was more than just one of those @EmptySeatPics kind of days at Soldier Field. It was a people will break into your house in order to leave you Chicago Bears tickets kind of days. The lakefront stadium had a “oh, what time is the game?”

“Well, what time can you get here” kind of Sundays. I guess people in Chicago were still focused on Black Friday sales. Here take a look:

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