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Moon's Mini-Mock NFL Draft: Bears pick Alabama DT A'Shawn Robinson

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Moon's Mini-Mock NFL Draft: Bears pick Alabama DT A'Shawn Robinson

The NFL owners meetings were not directly draft-related but some actions and statements during the sessions, along with signings and pro days elsewhere, have had draft implications.

During those meetings, GM Ryan Pace said that Akiem Hicks was “the start” of adding defensive linemen. While coach John Fox was clearly pleased with the rehab work of Ego Ferguson coming back from knee surgery, Ferguson projects as only one piece of the base 3-4 rotation.

Former Bears quarterback and CSN Chicago analyst Jim Miller posits the Bears grabbing Alabama defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson to this point. Despite more than a dozen other players being mock-draft’ed to the Bears at No. 11, CSNChicago.com’s is staying on that same tack with the draft now four weeks distant.

The overall here actually has gotten borderline-comical. SBNation’s informal survey of mocks detailed the Bears taking, in no particular order, Ezekiel Elliott, Jack Conklin, Ronnie Stanley, DeForest Buckner, Shaq Lawson, Noah Spence, Sheldon Rankins, Robinson, Darron Lee, Reggie Ragland, Leonard Floyd, Vernon Hargreaves, Jarran Reed and 19.5 percent “other.”

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If you weren’t keeping count, that would be more possibilities than there are picks through the Bears at No. 11.

Every NFL team has its draft board, ranking the upcoming candidates for the year’s selection process that begins Thursday, Apr. 28. Those grades can fluctuate based on private workouts, pro days, uncovered information and any number of factors that emerge on a weekly, sometimes daily basis.

Accordingly, CSNChicago.com will publish its timely, up-do-the-latest “Mini-Mock” draft every Thursday, culminating to Day 1 of the 2016 NFL Draft. “Mini-Mock” will target the Top 15 picks of the draft, the range in which the Bears reside (No. 11). “Mini-Mock” also will incorporate all the latest mock-draft predictions for the Bears’ pick, news, reports, information from pro days and workouts, and relevant available data, as well as specific updates on selected other significant draft prospects.

Moon's Mini-Mock NFL Draft

1. Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil, T, Mississippi

Comment: Tunsil not running “40’s” due to hamstring and has some injury history. But did “explosive” 34 reps of 225 lbs. Besides showing nimble feet in drills. Also, Titans sent massive presence to Florida State Pro Day for defensive back Jalen Ramsey.

2. Cleveland Browns: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

Comment: Browns signed RGIII with understanding that competition would be coming. Wentz completed 62 of 65 scripted passes at Pro Day. But do Browns like Jared Goff better?

3. San Diego Chargers: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

Comment: Ramsey rising, could go here, but elite defensive line talent is more prized, and Buckner considered elite. Team wanting quarterback could trade up to here for Goff or Wentz.

4. Dallas Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

Comment: Interest in Matt Forte says running back a priority but issues with Greg Hardy, Randy Gregory could push ‘Boys to Bosa.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Comment: Edge rusher complements Malik Jackson signing for interior. Bosa also did drills at OSU Pro Day.

6. Baltimore Ravens: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

Comment: Pro Day performance dispelled knee concerns and could move Jack top-5. Jack also has April 1 private Pro Day. 

7. San Francisco 49ers: Jared Goff, QB, California

Comment: Still no Colin Kaepernick trade and Goff’s Pro Day may have vaulted him ahead of Wentz but quarterback still looks like the call for team in need.

8. Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State

Comment: New coach Doug Pederson put Goff and Wentz through private workouts. But Ramsey is self-proclaimed “best player in this year’s draft” and somebody’ll agree.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida 

Comment: Mini-run on defensive backs? Brent Grimes settles one cornerback spot but Hargreaves best-available if Bucs don’t grab A'Shawn Robinson.

10. New York Giants: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

Comment: First five free agent signings were on defense. Giants shopped for offensive tackles but get Eli Manning heir-apparent here. 

11. BEARS: A’Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama

Comment: Will go best-available, and cornerback could fall, but still a defensive line spot open and Bears like the talent pool.

12. New Orleans Saints: Shaq Lawson, DE/LB, Clemson

Comment: Lawson or Georgia’s Leonard Floyd fill need for edge pressure.

13. Miami Dolphins: Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky

Comment: Buzz building that Spence, who did only defensive line drills at Pro Day, has quieted some character concerns, which could bump him higher.

14. Oakland Raiders: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

Comment: Raiders dumped middle linebacker Curtis Lofton.

15. Los Angeles Rams: Leonard Floyd, DE, Georgia

Comment: Chris Long exit leaves Rams weak on edge after Robert Quinn injury dip in ’15.

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How others see the Bears pick:

DeForest Buckner (Lester Wiltfong Jr., Windy City Gridiron/SB Nation)

Leonard Floyd (Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com and Mel Kiper, ESPN)

Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame (Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com)

Joey Bosa (Ike Taylor, NFL Media analyst)

Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama (Rob Rang, CBS Sports)

Ezekiel Elliot (Charles Davis, NFL Network)

A’Shawn Robinson (Jim Miller, Comcast SportsNet, Sirius Radio)

Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State (Cris Collinsworth, NBC)

Noah Spence (Michelle Bruton, Bleacher Report)

Leonard Rankins, DT, Louisville (Dane Brugler, CBS Sports)

Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State (Matt Miller, Bleacher Report

Shaq Lawson (Todd McShay, ESPN)

[MORE: Complete NFL Draft coverage on CSNChicago.com]

Remaining first round order:

16. Detroit Lions
17. Atlanta Falcons
18. Indianapolis
19. Buffalo
20. N.Y. Jets
21. Washington
22. Houston
23. Minnesota
24. Cincinnati
25. Pittsburgh
26. Seattle
27. Green Bay
28. Kansas City
29. Arizona
30. Carolina
31. Denver

(Note: New England forfeited 1st round pick)

NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots

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NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots

The great Ricky Bobby once said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Talladega Nights hit a little too close to home for the Bears in Week 7.

They came into Sunday at 3-2 at the top of the NFC North. After a 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots, they dropped to the bottom of the division.

The Detroit Lions defeated the Miami Dolphins 32-21 to improve to 3-3, leaving them tied with the Bears in the cellar.

The Minnesota Vikings’ 37-17 victory over the New York Jets jumped them to 4-2-1 overall and first place in the division over the 3-2-1 Green Bay Packers, who were off for their bye week.

The NFC North remains the most tightly contested division in the NFL, the only one with no teams under .500 through seven weeks of the season.

The final standings may not be decided until Week 17, and the Bears have already blown the early season cushion they built for themselves while the Vikings and Packers were struggling.

The divisional action will pick up in November, and Chicago only has a pair of games left to put it all together before back-to-back-to-back games against the Lions, Vikings and Lions again.    

Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots

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Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots

Matt Forte, Lance Briggs and Alex Brown join Laurence Holmes to break down the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots. What happened to the Bears defense over their bye week, and how did the special teams struggle so bad against New England? Plus – the guys debate Mitchell Trubisky’s decision making in the red zone and Matt weighs in on how the Bears should play his former team – the New York Jets – next week.

0:35– Special teams to blame for loss?

4:12– Where did the Bears pass rush go? 

5:27– Bad tackling followed Bears from Miami

7:25– Are the coaches to blame for the defense after the bye?

10:10– Evaluating Mitchell Trubisky’s game

11:55– Agree with Matt Nagy on Mitch’s “mental” game?

13:30– Trubisky’s red zone decision making

17:10– Are the Bears giving away games so Mitch can learn?

18:00– Bears need to run the ball more

21:04– Matt Forte scouts his former team, the New York Jets

Listen to the full podcast here or in the embedded player below.

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