Bears content with draft options at No. 7 but still willing to move


Bears content with draft options at No. 7 but still willing to move

Bears general manager Ryan Pace said Wednesday that they have identified seven players deemed to be of sufficient quality to be worth the No. 7 pick when the 2015 draft opens Thursday evening. But that doesn’t mean the Bears are locked into staying at No. 7.

The Bears have talked to teams above and below them in the draft order, as teams do every year. And while they have seven they’re comfortable with, those players are not all graded equally, meaning that someone dropping unexpectedly could have them on the phone to make a deal, including on to move higher.

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“There’s a chance we could move up,” Pace said, adding, “there’s a chance we could move up or back, so all those options are out there. We’ve talked to teams in front of us; we’ve talked to teams behind us. Doing our due diligence is necessary because you just don’t know. We have those seven guys stacked and ranked. If our No. 1 guy was falling there’s a chance we would go up.”

Pace laughed off questions as to what positions in particular are in those seven players, except to emphasize, “if we stay at seven, there’s seven players we’ve identified that we feel really, really good about. I know there’s going to be a player that we can select that’s going to be there that we feel really good about, that we’re excited about.”

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Part of the draft process included laying out multiple scenarios for the picks ahead of the Bears. Every team does a number of mock drafts and “I feel certain with how we have them,” Pace said. “There will be couple things every year that surprise you. And hey, when that happens, that’s a good thing, because there’s now players being pushed down to us.

“I feel confident and certain where we have our guys stacked in front of us. As far as projecting what other teams will do, who knows?”

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.

According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.

The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.

For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.

Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.

These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

The Chicago Bears will kick off the fourth season of "Meet the Rookies" on June 25, a series that profiles four of the team's 2018 draft picks for a behind-the-scenes look at their journey to the NFL.

The four-episode series will air on at 7:00 p.m from June 25 - 28 and will feature one rookie per night. 

Monday's episode will cover the Bears' first-round pick, Roquan Smith. Selected with the eighth-overall pick, Smith is expected to become an instant-impact player on defense. He's expected to make an impact off the field, too, as a high-character leader. Smith's linebacker-mate Joel Iyiegbuniwe is the focus of Tuesday's episode, with Anthony Miller (Wednesday) and James Daniels (Thursday) rounding out Season 4.

For a deeper dive into what's in store in "Meet the Rookies," check out this description.