Kip Lewis' 2016 NFL Mock Draft

Kip Lewis' 2016 NFL Mock Draft

The Bears have pressing needs on the defensive line, in the secondary and at tight end.

Will they get the right player at No. 11? How will earlier picks impact who the Bears select in that spot?

Here is my 2016 NFL mock draft: 

1. St . Louis Rams – Jared Goff, QB, California
2. Philadelphia Eagles – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
3. San Diego Chargers – Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
4. Dallas Cowboys – Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio St.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio St.
6. Baltimore Ravens – Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
7. San Francisco 49ers – Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
8. Cleveland Browns –DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jalen Ramsey, CB, FSU
10. New York Giants – Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
11. Chicago Bears – A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
12. New Orleans Saints – Jack Conklin, OT, Mich. State
13. Miami Dolphins – Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
14. Oakland Raiders – Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
15. Tennessee Titans – Eli Apple, CB, Ohio St.
16. Detroit Lions – Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
17. Atlanta Falcons – Darron Lee, LB, Ohio St.
18. Indianapolis Colts – Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio St.
19. Buffalo Bills – Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
20. New York Jets – Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
21. Washington Redskins – Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
22. Houston Texans – Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
23. Minnesota Vikings – Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
24. Cincinnati Bengals – Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
25. Pittsburgh Steelers – William Jackson III, CB, Houston
26. Seattle Seahawks – Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
27. Green Bay Packers – Andrew Billings, NT, Baylor
28. Kansas City Chiefs – Artie Burns CB, Miami FL.
29. Arizona Cardinals – Mackenzie Alexander, CB, Clemson
30. Carolina Panthers – Jason Springs, OT, Indiana
31. Denver Broncos – Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

Eddie Jackson says the Bears defense has to 'make a statement game' against Saints


Eddie Jackson says the Bears defense has to 'make a statement game' against Saints

The Bears defense gave up a season-high 24 points in the Week 5 loss to the Raiders. The bye week that followed meant they had to stew on that performance for an extra seven days.

Bears safety Eddie Jackson admitted the defense “didn’t hold up” in an interview on the Mully & Haugh Show on 670 The Score on Tuesday morning. It sounds like they are fired up to not have a repeat performance against the Saints.

“We want to get that bad taste out of our mouths,” Jackson said. “Unfortunately, we had to wait for a bye week.

“Now we got to make a statement game here at home.”

That statement game will have to come without stud defensive lineman Akiem Hicks. Hicks got injured in the loss to the Raiders and is expected to miss significant time.

Jackson talked about what Hicks’ absence will mean to the defense.

“That’s a tough loss for us,” Jackson said. “The style of play Akiem brings is hard to fill. Right now we’re doing a good job holding up with guys coming in and stepping up, but at the end of the day that’s Akiem. His resume speaks for itself. What he does speaks for itself. Film, everything. It’s a tough loss, man. We’re hoping to have him back real soon for playoffs or the end of the season. It really hurts us, but we ride with him. He still comes around. He’s still engaged and meetings and things like that.”

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Will the Bears face the Saints without Drew Brees AND Alvin Kamara?

Will the Bears face the Saints without Drew Brees AND Alvin Kamara?

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees isn't expected to play Sunday at Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears as he continues to rehab his thumb injury. Teddy Bridgewater has thrived in his absence, completing over 69% of his passes for 1,089 yards, seven touchdowns and just two interceptions in five games (four starts).

But the engine that makes the Saints offense go is RB Alvin Kamara, who tweaked his knee against the Jaguars Sunday. He was dealing with an ankle injury heading into the game, too, and played his least amount of snaps of any game this season.

New Orleans worked out RB Travaris Cadet Monday which at least signals some concern on the team's part that Kamara may not be able to play.

According to ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett, Kamara's status won't become clear until Thursday or Friday.

The Bears defense is more than capable of stopping New Orleans' offense with or without Kamara in the lineup, but their job will be much easier if the dynamic third-year pro is held out. Through six games this season, Kamara's totaled 373 rushing yards, 276 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

If Kamara can't play Sunday, the Saints will unleash a heavy dose of RB Latavius Murray, who Chicago is very familiar with after facing him five times while he was a member of the Minnesota Vikings. Murray's run for 214 yards and two touchdowns in his career against Chicago, but doesn't offer nearly the kind of game-changing ability that Kamara possesses. 

We'll have more on Kamara's status as the week progresses.