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McCown dissed by Viking?

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McCown dissed by Viking?

It wasnt exactly Brian Urlacher describing Tim Tebow the quarterback as a good running back, but Jared Allen didnt really have a fix on what kind of quarterback Josh McCown is.

He did a heck of a job handing the ball off, Ill tell you that much, because the Bears ran the stuff out of the ball, the Minnesota Vikings defensive end said Wednesday. Ill have to watch more film to really kind of get what hes doing.

The Bears dont have to watch more film to know what Allen is doing. He is a starter in the Pro Bowl with his league-leading 18.5 sacks and he has a higher personal goal that could directly affect the health of one Josh McCown.

Heck, 22.5 will be a personal goal, Allen said, laughing, referring to the NFL single-season sack record. Honestly, my only real goal this year was to try to get to 17 because that was going to put me at 100 for my career. Now that Im in this spot, my real goal is to try to hang on to the sack lead for the league, obviously for the season.

Six of the top seven pass rushers, based on sack totals are from the NFC going into the final weekend: Allen (18.5), Demarcus Ware, Dallas (18), Jason Babin, Philadelphia (18), Jason Pierre-Paul, New York, Aldon Smith, San Francisco (14) and Chris Long, St. Louis (13). Terrell Suggs, Baltimore (13), is the only AFC representative in the top seven.

Julius Peppers (10) is the highest-ranked Bear, tied at No. 14 with Andre Carter of New England and Trent Cole of Philadelphia.

A fan's guide for how to watch the NFL Combine

A fan's guide for how to watch the NFL Combine

The 2020 NFL Combine will go a long way in determining the final draft grade for each of the 337 prospects participating in on-field drills. General managers and scouts want to see whether their athletic testing matches the traits noted on film. If a player runs faster than he plays, scouts will question his on-field instincts and overall football IQ. In the alternative, if he runs slower than he plays, questions about level of competition and the ability to 'win' on the NFL level will be raised.

But in order to understand whether or not a prospect is having a good performance, you first have to know what the NFL is looking for as its minimum time/result required for each position and drill.

NFL Hall-of-Fame executive Gil Brandt, one of the legendary draft minds in the sport, shared what has become the standard breakdown each team uses when assessing a player's 40 time, 3-cone drill, broad jump, vertical jump and more.

Check it out:

Keep this page bookmarked this week and refer back to this chart as your favorite Bears prospects try to run and jump their way to Chicago. 

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2020 mock draft sends Bears OL, CB in 2nd round

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2020 mock draft sends Bears OL, CB in 2nd round

The 2020 NFL Draft is front and center with the NFL Combine kicking off this week in Indianapolis. The week-long underwear Olympics represents the real start of draft season for the casual fan. Two months from now, we'll find out who the next class of Bears will be, and many of those players will make their case to GM Ryan Pace and the rest of the team's decision-makers over the next several days.

With the unofficial start of draft season comes the need to review the 2020 mock draft landscape. Pace has a chance to add two starters in the second round, and it's important to get a feel for which players could be within reach when Chicago picks at Nos. 43 and 50.

In Joe Marino's latest mock draft for The Draft Network, the Bears add a legitimate starting interior lineman and a cornerback who can challenge to do the same.

At No. 43, Marino sends Chicago Matt Hennessy, the standout center from Temple who can serve in the same capacity for the Bears if Nagy decides to kick Cody Whitehair back to guard. Hennessy was arguably the most impressive offensive lineman at the 2020 Senior Bowl. He routinely won his one-on-one reps and looked every bit the part of a decade-long starter in the middle of an NFL offensive line. 

What makes Hennessy so appealing is his ability to play either center or guard. We saw last season what a position change can do (both good and bad) along the interior of Chicago's offensive line, so depending on what the long-term outlook is for James Daniels and Whitehair, a player like Hennessy can fit any outcome. He'd be a great selection.

At No. 50, Chicago takes Mississippi State cornerback, Cameron Dantzler. This is the first mock draft that has Dantzler pegged to the Bears and it probably won't be the last that has Pace using one of his two second-rounders on a cornerback. The release of Prince Amukamara last week will move cornerback higher on the team's priority list.

Dantzler started 22 games for Mississippi State and totaled five interceptions over the last three seasons. At 6-2, 185 pounds, he brings good height and length to the pros. He projects like a fit in almost any defensive system and could come off the board much higher than the average fan is expecting at this point. How he performs in the athletic testing at the NFL Combine will be critical in his final evaluation. 

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