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2017 NFL Draft Profile: Missouri OLB Charles Harris

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Missouri OLB Charles Harris

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Charles Harris, OLB, Missouri

6'3" | 253 lbs.

2016 stats:

61 tackles, 12 TFL, 9 sacks

Projection:

First round

Scouting Report:

"High-cut pass rusher with good athleticism but concerns regarding his ability to drop anchor against the run. Ironically, Harris might be best suited as a penetrator which is something he fought against this season. His hands can be improved as pass rush weapons, but he has agility and footwork that can't be taught. Harris can play on the edge in a 4-3 or 3-4 front and should be the next in a line of early contributing defensive ends coming out of Missouri." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Video analysis provided by Rotoworld and NBC Sports NFL Draft expert Josh Norris.

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Bears vs. Packers: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

Bears vs. Packers: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

The Chicago Bears wrap up their regular-season series against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at Lambeau Field in what should be a competitive Week 15 matchup that will either keep the Bears' playoff hopes alive or give Packers fans bragging rights about their squad all but eliminating Chicago from post-season contention.

The Bears lost the first game against Green Bay back in Week 1, 10-3, in what was a sign of things to come for the first-half struggles of Mitch Trubisky and the offense. Trubisky threw for 228 yards and an interception and was unable to generate any rhythm or momentum for Chicago. It was the least amount of points the Bears have scored in a game this season, but it was also an offense that is nothing like what Chicago's been rolling out over the last few games.

Trubisky is fresh off his best game of the year -- and possibly of his career -- after Week 14's dismantling of the Dallas Cowboys and is traveling to Lambeau Field with a level of confidence we haven't seen at any other point in his nearly three-year career. His newly-found faith in himself has arrived at the best possible time for the Bears, who need to ride Trubisky on a quest to win-out in 2019 if they're to have any hope at flipping what's currently around a 4% chance to make the playoffs into a wild-card game.

The Packers defense, which ranks 22nd in the NFL in yards allowed per game, will give Trubisky an opportunity to make plays if he's decisive and smart with the football. 

Will he be? You gotta watch to find out. And here's all the ways you can:

Game Information

Chicago Bears (7-6) vs. Green Bay Packers (10-3)

Date: Sunday, December 15
Time: 12:00 p.m. CST
Location: Lambeau Field
TV: FOX

NBC Sports Chicago Coverage
Football Aftershow at the conclusion of the game

Announcers
Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis

Stream

Stream on NFL Game Pass

Radio

WBBM 780 (Chicago) and 105.9 FM

Satellite Radio

Bears feed: 805

Packers feed:  226

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What's changed about Mitch Trubisky? Nothing, and the Bears are thrilled

What's changed about Mitch Trubisky? Nothing, and the Bears are thrilled

Guess they weren’t lying after all.

All year, the Bears have been telling us that Mitch Trubisky’s as even-keeled as they come. It’s about the only sound bite that comes up every Sunday, regardless of the outcome.

“It's confidence. Mitch is confident back there,” Taylor Gabriel said back in June. “So I feel like, like I said, it's just a drastic change from last year.”

Six months later, and Trubisky would have every reason, and then some, to be having a crisis of confidence. The Bears – then presumptive NFC favorites – kicked off the NFL’s 100th birthday party by scoring three points at home. He then sprained his shoulder in Week 4, ending the game in a sling on the sideline as he watched backup Chase Daniel once again look more comfortable operating the offense. Things got even WORSE when he came back, and the Bears’ historically-bad offense was booed early and often during their midseason four-game losing streak.

People called for Cam Newton, and Andy Dalton. People even called for Eli Manning! The city of Chicago 'Irish Goodbyed' the Bears’ franchise quarterback and it didn’t change him for a second. At least, not from where the head coach is sitting.  

“You know, even within our team and our offense, you can go through some struggles,” Matt Nagy said on Wednesday. “And you feel that – and confidence is a part of that. Whether it’s individually how you’re playing, same thing.”

So has there been any change in his demeanor, now that a thousand Daves from Winnetka aren’t constantly on-the-line yelling for his replacement?

“Not really, no,” added Nagy. “It hasn’t.”

Quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone acknowledged the expectations facing Trubisky and pointed to his knack for playing well late in the game, or in important moments. To Ragone, it's the sign of a quarterback who has the skillset to make it as, as he calls it, a “Top Gun.” Trubisky will only be 25 when his fourth NFL training camp begins next July, and the Bears are thrilled with the leadership qualities they’ve seen from the 13th-youngest player on their roster.

“Obviously your play on the field is hugely important to you continuing to be the face of a franchise, but there’s a lot more that goes into playing quarterback in the National Football League than just throwing a slant route on time,” Ragone said. “Hopefully you can grow into it, and I think you see as a kid who came in here when he was 22, and is now 25, he’s maturing not just as a player, but as a person.”

As for Trubisky himself, the quarterback mentioned that if this season has taught him anything, it’s how to better stay unaffected by the media narratives he was so infamously hearing around Halas Hall. Like, for instance, when Green Bay cornerback Tramon Williams talked about how the Packers’ plan to beat the Bears in Week 1 mainly involved “forcing [Trubisky] to play quarterback.” Trubisky was unspectacular (26-45, 228 yards) in that loss, and on Wednesday, if you can believe it, mostly (mostly) wasn’t biting on the Revenge Game narrative – just like the Bears like it.

“I got enough motivation from the outside, and I guess that’s even more motivation,” he said. “I didn’t hear that. I don’t really care.”

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