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Bears thinking beyond first round with WR Jeffrey

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Bears thinking beyond first round with WR Jeffrey

The Bears brought South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery to Halas Hall for a visit. Best guess is that they could be planning a move in his direction in the second round of next weekends draft.

NFL Network game analyst Mike Mayock does not rate Jeffery as a first-round pick. Indeed, Mayock posits four receivers worth first-round picks: Oklahoma States Justin Blackmon, slotted to the Rams at No. 6; Notre Dames Michael Floyd, who could go No. 7 to Jacksonville; Kendall Wright from Baylor; and possibly Stephen Hill from Georgia Tech, the great unknown with speed but limited college production.

Hill is really raw but boy, is he athletic, Mayock said.

Floyd has been projected to the Bears at No. 19 in some early mock drafts but he is not expected to last until then. The Jaguars have a crying need for receiving help but the organization has shied away from players with even minor offseason questions and I dont think theyll pull the trigger on Floyd because of the off-the-field issues, Mayock said.

So assuming that the top four are gone by early in the second round, the next receiver is likely to be LSUs Rueben Randle, a true vertical threat.

After that and the Bears sit at No. 18 in the second round, the 50th pick overall Jefferey could well be dropping into the Bears slot and plans. He is 6-4, not a speed threat, but a player with a rep for fighting for balls, a quality the Bears (and quarterbacks) treasure.

Jefferey is 6-4, 230 pounds same as Brandon Marshall. But I worry about what his weight is going to be, Mayock said. Hes a gifted kid who doesnt run very well.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 49th homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 49th homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa's 49th homer of the season came with a runner on 1st and one out, when Oriel Hershiser served up a high fastball that Sammy belted 415 feet into the last few rows in left-center field. 

Sosa would later start the game-winning rally in the bottom of the ninth, scoring the game-tying run on a Henry Rodriguez single through the right side of the infield. Jose Hernandez would step in the next at-bat and walk it off with a base hit that scored Mark Grace, as Sammy and the Cubs bested the Giants 6-5. 

Fun Fact: A 33-year-old Barry Bonds would hit home run No. 25, finishing the season with 37 homers. He would finish the next season with 34 dingers but would string five consecutive seasons with at least 45 home runs, of course hitting a record 73 home runs in 2001. 

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Michael Kopech prepares for The Show

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Michael Kopech prepares for The Show

Pete McMurray, David Haugh and Ben Finfer join David Kaplan on the panel and discuss the long-awaited arrival of Michael Kopech for the White Sox, Yu Darvish's short rehab start and Mitch Trubisky's second preseason game.

Plus, they discuss new NFL rules and when Eloy Jimenez could get his call up.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: