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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

 

 

Under Center Podcast: Chris Simms fixes the Bears

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Under Center Podcast: Chris Simms fixes the Bears

Laurence Holmes is joined by NBC Sports NFL analyst Chris Simms live from radio row in Miami as they try to fix the Bears. They also discuss what the Bears can learn from the San Francisco 49ers and their head coach Kyle Shanahan.

(1:57) - How to fix the Bears/Trubisky

(6:54) - What would he tell Mitchell Trubisky

(9:24) - What people don't understand about Khalil Mack

(11:44) - Kyle Shanahan is a football genius

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Bears' odds to sign Teddy Bridgewater just got better

Bears' odds to sign Teddy Bridgewater just got better

When Bears GM Ryan Pace selected quarterback Mitch Trubisky with the second overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, he referred to future Hall-of-Famer, Drew Brees, as the kind of passer he envisioned the former North Carolina product becoming. After three underwhelming seasons under center in Chicago, Trubisky's fallen way short of those expectations. It's unclear whether he can even become an average starter at this point.

The 2020 offseason is expected to bring competition for Trubisky and it's most likely to come via free agency. Pace will have an opportunity to tap into the Brees-led Saints quarterback room to find that competition, as all three passers (Brees, Taysom Hill and Teddy Bridgewater) are scheduled to hit the open market.

The reality, however, is that only one of the three will likely be available. According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, it'll be Bridgewater.

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Brees will call his own shot; if he wants to return to New Orleans, he will. And while Bridgewater played well enough to warrant a starting opportunity in 2020, he'd also serve as the perfect starter-in-waiting for the Saints. But that player is Hill, who Glazer said New Orleans views as a legitimate franchise quarterback.

This is actually great news for the Bears. Of the three Saints quarterbacks, Bridgewater would make the most sense as a target for Chicago. He'll turn 27 next season and still has several years of high-level play remaining in his arm. In the 2019 regular season, Bridgewater started five games (he went 5-0), completed nearly 68% of his passes, and threw for 1,384 yards, nine touchdowns and just two interceptions. 

Is Bridgewater an elite player? No. Is he a franchise-changing quarterback? No; but that's not what the Bears are looking for. Instead, Pace needs to sign a veteran who is consistent and reliable enough to support an elite defense with enough points to win. Trubisky's failed mightily at that, and Bridgewater proved in relief of Brees in 2019 that he's not only capable of it, but he can thrive in that role.

Bridgewater's projected market value is a three-year, $60.1 million deal (or $20 million per season) per Spotrac. It may seem like a lot of money to pay to a quarterback whose signing wouldn't come along with a guaranteed starting job, but when combined with Trubisky's $9.3 million salary in 2020, as long as the Bears receive quality play from whoever their starting quarterback is, the cost will be in line with those teams that have respected starters on their payroll.

It's possible Bridgewater won't sign with a team that doesn't promise him the starting job. But is a promise even needed with Trubisky being the only roadblock in Bridgewater's way? It wouldn't take long for him to distance himself at the top of the depth chart, and maybe, once and for all, the Bears can enjoy some Saints-like quarterback play. 

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