Peanut Tillman Only Wants to Play for the Carolina Panthers

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Former Chicago Bears defensive back Peanut Tillman might, arguably, be the greatest cornerback in Bears history. The team Tillman played for last season (after 12 illustrious years in Chicago), the 17 win NFC Champion Carolina Panthers, might, arguably, be the greatest team not to win the Super Bowl in NFL history.

Of course, fans of the 2007 New England Patriots might have something to say about that. The Panthers #KeepPounding, are the only team Peanut Tillman wants to play for in 2016.

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2017 NFL mock draft 6-20-16

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A 2017 NFL mock draft? Yes, a 2017 mock. It’s never too early. However, it is still extremely early, thus the order was randomized and team needs were very lightly taken into account here, and in some cases not at all. The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NFL mock draft, 2016 NBA mock draft, 2016 MLB mock draft and 2016 NHL mock draft.

Enjoy the 2017 NFL mock draft, some player descriptions were filled in, others will be completed as we go along.

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The Chicago Bears are Uruguay and 7 more Copa America Analogies

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Copa America Centenario kicks off tomorrow and we got on the analogy kick (pun intended) by matching a local Chicago sports franchise with one of the teams in the United States’ Group A and Mexico’s Group B. The Chicago Bears are Uruguay, the Cubs are the USA, the Blackhawks are Mexico.

To read why and how pick up a Chicago Tribune RedEye edition today, or click on this link hereAccording to the ESPN FC Soccer Power Index, America has the second best shot at getting out of group A. Here are the SPI percentage projections for advancing out of Group A and into the knockout round:

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Chicago Bears Draft 4th Round Running Back: Meet Jordan Howard

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The Indiana Hoosiers are obviously a basketball school, not football. However, IU does have a very explosive offense and they’re quite apt at producing NFL talent at the offensive skill positions, especially at running back.

The Chicago Bears selected Indiana running back Jordan Howard in the fifth round (150th overall pick) of the 2016 NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon at the Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University in Chicago. Along with Tevin Coleman, who was drafted in the third round by the Atlanta Falcons in 2015, this is the first time since 1990-92 (Anthony Thompson, Ernie Thompson and Vaughn Dunbar) Indiana running backs have been taken in consecutive drafts.

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Illini Football Coach Lovie Smith Praised by NFL Network Pundits

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As Illinois Fighting Illini Football Coach Lovie Smith sells the program to recruits, his NFL pedigree will be a persistent theme. (We covered this in depth for RedEye on Thursday) Smith has been out of the college game for 21 years, but he takes over a program that had a really good reputation as a NFL vocational development school up until the last couple of years. Illini football excelled in winning draft night up until 2014, as the program was then shut out in 2015 and 2016.

 Fortunately for Lovie Smith, Illini football returned again to having a presence in the Draft this past weekend.

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Curtis Conway Nailed the Bears Leonard Floyd Pick on Wednesday

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NFL Network Analyst Curtis Conway will be the first to tell you that he’s not a big mock draft guy. He made one and just one this year. He makes them for the NFL.com website for fun, not for the achievement of being the most accurate.

However, he totally nailed the Chicago Bears selection of Georgia Linebacker Leonard Floyd the day before the draft.

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2016 NFL Mock Draft 4-28-16 FINAL

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Happy Draft Day!!!! This will be our penultimate 2016 NFL mock draft update, with the final version coming late this afternoon.  To get you ready for the draft, here’s a list of 40 NFL Draft buzzwords, catch-phrases and cliches that you’ll hear tonight, and all weekend, from the TV network draftniks.

“He can make all throws when you put him in space a hand in the round guy road grader space eater people mover who plays faster than his tape.”

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Experts Opine on What the Chicago Bears Will Do at #11

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Happy Draft Day everyone! It’s the Christmas of the offseason for NFL fans everywhere. We’ve done our Chicago Bears NFL Draft mocksourcing already which you can check out here. Almost everybody has published their final NFL mock draft by this point and and you can check our offering here.

Bear in mind (pun intended) that we had a more accurate mock draft, with more picks correct than both Mike Mayock and Mel Kiper Jr. last year.

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Chicago Bears 2016 NFL Draft Mocksourcing

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Chicago Bears fans, Be sure to check out the Walter Football 2016 NFL Mock draft database, now with 262 mocks included. It’s the biggest and best mock database on the whole world wide web. With their help we did some “Mocksourcing.” you know like “Crowdsourcing” or “Twittersourcing.”

Complementing our own mock, we choose a few select mocks that we know have a great track record of being accurate. We only included mocks done by draftniks that we’ve worked closely with enough to trust the integrity of their work.

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Lovie Smith Expects Former Bears Players to Visit in Champaign

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When May arrives, football season temporarily goes back down the sports pecking order until late July when football talking season starts up again with authority. In the meantime, we have quasi-news items, or pseudo news items like this one below regarding Lovie Smith and Brian Urlacher.

Don’t you love April’s sort-of kind-of football season? Between the NFL Draft and spring college football practice, the sport returns to the top of our mental que for about a month after being pushed aside since early February.

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Kiper Analyzes Chicago Bears NFL Draft Team Needs

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With football season long over with (well,pretty much) you can now look ahead to the draft Chicago Bears fans. With the #11 overall pick in the draft, I think you got to get the linebacker or offensive lineman. 

Like Curtis Conway told me at the NFL Network’s NFL Draft Media luncheon in Chicago last year:

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Chicago Bears Options in Drafting a Late Round Quarterback

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Many Chicago Bears fans really want to see the team draft a new quarterback to replace Jay Cutler next month.

Many Chicago Bears fans really don’t know what they’re talking about. Yes, Cutler still makes plenty of mistakes, and when he does make them, he makes them big. However, he’s still way better than half the QB1s in this league and he’s just coming off his most efficient season ever.

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