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2015 NFL Draft: Recap of second and third round picks in Day 2

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2015 NFL Draft: Recap of second and third round picks in Day 2

Day 2 of the 2015 NFL Draft is complete. Here's a recap of the second and third round picks, which include draft profiles.

[2015 NFL Draft: Recap of first round picks]

TEAM (ROUND 2) SELECTION
33. New York Giants (From TEN) Landon Collins, S, Alabama
34. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Donovan Smith, T, Penn State
35. Oakland Raiders Mario Edwards Jr., DT, Florida State
36. Jacksonville Jaguars T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama
37. New York Jets Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State
38. Washington Redskins Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State
39. CHICAGO BEARS Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
40. Tennessee Titans (From NYG) Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
41. Carolina Panthers (From STL) Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan
42. Atlanta Falcons Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
43. Houston Texans (From CLE) Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State
44. New Orleans Saints Hau'oli Kikaha, LB, Washington
45. Minnesota Vikings Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA
46. San Francisco 49ers Jaquiski Tartt, S, Samford
47. Philadelphia Eagles (From MIA) Eric Rowe, CB, Utah
48. San Diego Chargers Denzel Perryman, LB, Miami
49. Kansas City Chiefs Mitch Morse, G, Missouri
50. Buffalo Bills Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State
51. Cleveland Browns (From HOU) Nate Orchard, DE, Utah
52. Miami Dolphins (From PHI) Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma
53. Cincinnati Bengals Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon
54. Detroit Lions Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska
55. Baltimore Ravens (From ARZ) Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
56. Pittsburgh Steelers Senquez Golson, CB, Mississippi
57. St. Louis Rams (From CAR) Rob Havenstein, T, Wisconsin
58. Arizona Cardinals (From BAL) Markus Golden, DE, Missouri
59. Denver Broncos Ty Sambrailo, T, Colorado State
60. Dallas Cowboys Randy Gregory, LB, Nebraska
61. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (From IND) Ali Marpet, OL, Hobart
62. Green Bay Packers Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (OH)
63. Seattle Seahawks Frank Clark, DE, Michigan
64. New England Patriots Jordan Richards, SS, Stanford
TEAM (ROUND 3) SELECTION
65. Indianapolis Colts (From TB) D'joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic
66. Tennessee Titans  Jeremiah Poutasi, G, Utah
67. Jacksonville Jaguars  A.J. Cann, G, South Carolina
68. Oakland Raiders Clive Walford, TE, Miami
69. Seattle Seahawks (From WSH)  Tyler Lockett, WR, Kansas State
70. Houston Texans (From NYJ)  Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
71. CHICAGO BEARS Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
72. St. Louis Rams  Jamon Brown, T, Louisville
73. Atlanta Falcons  Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana
74. New York Giants  Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA
75. New Orleans Saints  Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State
76. Kansas City Chiefs (From MIN) Chris Conley, WR, Georgia
77. Cleveland Browns Duke Johnson, RB, Miami
78. New Orleans Saints (From MIA) P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
79. San Francisco 49ers  Eli Harold, LB, Virginia
80. Detroit Lions (From MIN via KC) Alex Carter, CB, Stanford
81. Buffalo Bills  John Miller, G, Louisville
82. New York Jets (From HOU) Lorenzo Mauldin, LB, Louisville
83. San Diego Chargers  Craig Mager, CB, Texas State 
84. Philadelphia Eagles  Jordan Hicks, LB, Texas 
85. Cincinnati Bengals  Tyler Kroft, TE, Rutgers 
86. Arizona Cardinals  David Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa
87. Pittsburgh Steelers  Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn
88. Minnesota Vikings (From DET) Danielle Hunter, DE, LSU 
89. St. Louis Rams (From CAR)  Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State 
90. Baltimore Ravens Carl Davis, DT, Iowa 
91. Dallas Cowboys  Chaz Green, T, Florida
92. Denver Broncos  Jeff Heuerman, TE, Ohio State
93. Indianapolis Colts  Henry Anderson, DE, Stanford 
94. Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford
95. Washington Redskins (From SEA)  Matt Jones, RB, Florida
96. Cleveland Browns (From NE) Xavier Cooper, DT, Washington State
97. New England Patriots Geneo Grissom, DE, Oklahoma
98. Kansas City Chiefs                 Steven Nelson, CB, Oregon State
99. Cincinnati Bengals Paul Dawson, LB, TCU

 

 

Bears coaching upheavals portend inevitable stumbles

Bears coaching upheavals portend inevitable stumbles

Call it a small Bears reality check, if not a full wake-up call, then at least a nudge in the night. And this sort of thing should be expected, not just in OTAs, not just in training camp or preseason, but when it all counts.

And it should serve as a lesson of sorts. Because some of the underlying reasons are worth a little highlighting and patient understanding around a team that has spent its offseason and millions of dollars refashioning an offense, beginning with coach Matt Nagy and coordinator Mark Helfrich, and that offense wasn’t particularly good on Wednesday.

In a sport where the operative cliché is “just get better each and every day,” the Bears didn’t, but as far as their coach is concerned, “there’s two ways to look at it,” Nagy said. “Whether you say on our side, on offense, trying to see a bunch of different looks a defense can give you, is it too much or not? It’s good for us. It’ll help us out in the long run. It’s good for our players and they’ve handled it well. There’s going to be mistakes but they have it on tape to be able to look at. “

This is about more than just a few bad reps or missed assignments. It’s part of the good-news-bad-news reality that a sea change brings to a team.

The good news is that the Bears have a new coaching staff on offense.

The bad news is that the Bears have a new coaching staff on offense.

The Bears defense is predictably ahead of the offense, hardly a surprise, given that most of the core of the top-10 unit has remained in place. That said, you do have to like the attitude of the barely-above-rookie No. 1 quarterback challenging that assessment Wednesday, with a “Who says that?”

This while the offense has myriad moving and new parts, and interceptions, blown plays and such were occurring for an offense that, like Halas Hall, is a massive building work in progress.

“Well, today was a bad ‘build,’ but that’s to be expected,” Helfrich acknowledged. “We’re adding a chunk each day, I thought today was the first day where we had somebody do something that just like, ‘wait, OK’ – a few positions here and there, a few new guys, obviously a few veterans here and there that it’s all new to, hit the wall.”

It’s a “wall” that arguably is inevitable with a coaching change.

Not to make excuses, but….

For a sense of perspective, scroll back to Jay Cutler, who went through offensive coordinators perhaps faster than he went through socks: a year with Ron Turner, two with Mike Martz, one with Mike Tice, two with Aaron Kromer, one with Adam Gase, one with Dowell Loggains, who at least was a holdover from the Gase year. (Whether Cutler’s failure to match potential with production was the cause of or because of that turnover, this humble and faithful narrator leaves to you, the reader).

More than a few current Bears can only dream of that kind of “stability.” And because of that, the 2018 pre- and regular seasons may be bumpier than the optimism surrounding the Nagy hire was anticipating.

Guard Kyle Long, still not practicing full-go while he rehabs from surgeries, is on his fifth offensive-line coach in six NFL seasons. Center Cody Whitehair, who has started every game since the Bears drafted him in the 2016 second round, has had three different line coaches in as many seasons: Dave Magazu for 2016, Jeremiah Washburn for 2017 and now Harry Hiestand. Left tackle Charles Leno was drafted in 2014, making Hiestand Leno’s fourth O-line coach.

And this is the offensive line, the unit that most engenders use of the term “continuity.”

“Each coach brings in a little bit, different techniques,” Whitehair said. “There’s a lot of time for us to hone in and get to know what he’s trying to teach us. But in the end it’s still football.”

Kevin White is entering his fourth NFL season. He is on his fourth receivers coach (Mike Groh, Curtis Johnson, Zach Azzanni, Mike Furrey) and third different season-starting quarterback (Jay Cutler, Mike Glennon, Mitch Trubisky), not including offseason battery mates ranging from Jimmy Clausen, Brian Hoyer, David Fales and Connor Shaw, depending on how much rep time he spent with which unit at various times during his training camps.

“It doesn’t matter,” White said. “Roll with the punches, come here and do my job every day.”

Regardless of how many bosses you’ve reported to.

Kevin White, Bears focusing on the present and not his unlucky past or uncertain future

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Kevin White, Bears focusing on the present and not his unlucky past or uncertain future

Kevin White had little interest in engaging with reporters on Wednesday, the first time he was made available to the media since suffering a season-ending broken scapula in Week 1 of the 2017 season. His answers weren’t combative, but they were short and terse. 

Then again, how was he supposed to handle yet another round of questions — none of which were unfair — about his star-crossed past or his uncertain future? He did offer up this quote-worthy line when asked what he’s learned about himself after all the adversity he’s faced since being drafted with the seventh overall pick in the 2015 Draft:

“Built Ford Tough.”

If White would rather live in the present than in the past or future, that’s fine. It’s actually ideal if the Bears want to get something out of him in the final year of his rookie contract. And it’s also the mindset preached to him by wide receivers coach Mike Furrey, his fourth position coach in four years in the NFL. 

“We sat down from Day 1 and I said listen, I don’t know anything about your past, I don’t want to know anything about your past,” Furrey said. “From here on out it’s just going forward and just doing everything that we can control day in and day out and that’s it. I won’t talk to you anything about tomorrow, I’ll only talk to you about what we’re doing today and how we’re building today.”

If the Bears hope to get anything out of White in 2018 — and if White hopes to revive his career without job security beyond this season — that narrow mindset is a good starting point. It’s even more important during OTAs here in late May, with there still being about two months until the Bears’ first padded practice and two and a half months before preseason play begins. 

The Bears insulated themselves from needing White to produce this year by adding targets for Mitch Trubisky in Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Trey Burton and Anthony Miller over the last two months. The spotlight is off White, in a sense, and he’s okay with that — “I don’t need attention,” White said, “I just come here and do my job.”

But in another sense, there’s an immense amount of pressure on White to prove himself worthy of a roster spot not in 2018, but in 2019. Not many receivers with White’s numbers — 21 catches on 40 targets, 193 yards, no touchdowns in five games — are able to hang around the league for long without being a special teams ace (like Josh Bellamy, for instance). Neither the past nor future for White is particularly rosy. 

So that’s why White said he doesn’t have any specific goals for the season: “Doesn’t matter,” he said, “As long as I’m out here.” 

All White can do is show up to Halas Hall and, eventually, Olivet Nazarene University ready to practice with a narrow mindset on that day, and that day only. If he sticks with that approach — and doesn’t suffer another horribly-unlucky injury — eventually, he’ll arrive at Lambeau Field in September for the season opener, finally given the opportunity to prove himself. 

But that’s a long ways away. For now, White’s well within his rights to not want to entertain any thoughts about what happened in the last three years or what lies ahead. 

“I don’t know the past and I don’t want to know the past,” Furrey said. “Everything from here on out is going to be everything in the future. We’ve kind of established that and that kind of allows him to relax a little bit and not be judged and to have all these things said about him — because I don’t know. I don’t want to read it, I don’t want to hear about it, I don’t even want to know. 

“All I want (is for) him to be comfortable and be able to learn a new system and be able to learn it as fast as he can so he can go out there — and everybody sees it, he’s very gifted. He’s very powerful, lower body powerful. He can run, he’s got a great catch radius. He has all those intangibles and that’s exciting, but it’s really what you do with those every day. So we’ll just continue to have the daily routine and hopefully get better every day and then be able to put it together when we gotta go.”