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Moving the chains (really fast) on draft stocks

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Moving the chains (really fast) on draft stocks

INDIANAPOLIS For much of the next two months the gossip will swirl around whos hot, whos not and whos who in the NFL draft. The Scouting Combine is usually the unofficial launch point for a lot of that and this year is no exception, nowhere more so than for wide receivers, which is of more than a little passing interest to the Bears.

Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd ran his 40 in 4.42 secomds early Sunday morning and did himself a major solid, given his size at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds.

What also may have helped Floyd and other wideouts is that Oklahoma States Justin Blackmon declined to run the 40, this after his height was established at 6-foot for Combine purposes.

Blackmon, who posted stunning reception totals at OSU, is seeing his stock slip visavis Floyd and others, particular Rueben Randle from LSU and Kendall Wright out of Baylor. Randle was rising on unofficial draft boards whereas Blackmon is no longer considered the sure top-five pick he once was.

But the clock wasnt automatically a friend to all. Randle listed at 6-foot-2 78ths and 217 pounds, and he was timed at 4.5 sec. in his first go in the 40 and 4.65 in his second. Mohamed Sanu from Rutgers, another rising star at 6-foot-1 and 211 pounds was a disappointing 4.65 in his first 40.

Kendall Wright from Baylor, at 5-foot-10 was a strong 4.45 in his first effort, supporting the buzz that he will be gone by the time the Bears pick at No. 19.

Illinois A.J. Jenkins probably ran his way into the second round with a time of 4.37 sec. in his 40. Jenkins is slightly taller than 6-foot but was a four-year player in Champaign and had reception totals of 56 and 90 in his final two seasons with 15 combined touchdowns.

Andrew Luck ran a 4.66-second 40-yard dash in his first effort, well off the 4.38 pace of Robert Griffin III and around the 4.59 credited to Cam Newton last season.

But quarterback is less about long, straight-ahead speed and the Indianapolis Colts are not likely to change their target from Luck to Griffin or anyone else based on a sprint that every team hopes its quarterback never has to make. Luck ran his second 40 at 4.59, and if that was good enough for Newton to go No. 1, you can bet thatll be just fine with the Colts on Luck.

Under Center Podcast: State of the Bears: Defense

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Under Center Podcast: State of the Bears: Defense

JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and Paul Aspan are back with their training camp preview of the Bears' defense, looking at if it's fair to expect this group to take a step back without Vic Fangio (2:00) or if it's possible to repeat as the league's No. 1 defense (10:00). Plus, the guys look at which players the Bears need to improve to remain one of the NFL's best defenses (15:15), debate if Leonard Floyd can be better (20:00) and look at the future of the defense as a salary cap crunch looms after 2019 (25:00). 

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: 

NFL.com apparently thinks that Matt Nagy is a very average head coach

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NFL.com apparently thinks that Matt Nagy is a very average head coach

NFL.com recently ranked all of the league's head coaches, because the football season may end but creating content never will. 

The top tier consists of all the usual suspects ... except for the guy that literally won the league's award for best coach last season

Matt Nagy came in at 14 on this list, and not even the highest-ranked NFC North coach. The reasoning is a tad suspect; here's what they had to say

Matt Nagy more than delivered in his first year as the Bears' head coach, taking Chicago to the postseason for the first time since the 2010 season. What's interesting about Nagy is that his side of the ball is offense, and prior to getting hired by the Bears, he was known for his work with quarterbacks in Kansas City. Yet, it was Vic Fangio's defense that did most of the heavy lifting to get Chicago to the playoffs. A head coach does much more than run one side of the ball, though. In fact, some of them don't do that at all. They run the office, in some respects. Nagy clearly set a tone in the building, so to speak, which should not be taken lightly. Nor should Nagy's work with Mitch Trubisky, who showed improvement from Year 1 to Year 2. Why is Reich ahead of Rivera but not Nagy? Well, Nagy has yet to achieve postseason success and had stronger personnel than Reich did in 2018.

Is this fair? Probably not! But is this important? Definitely not! Still - give your incumbent COY some more love, NFL. Club Dub! Yelling boom! The visors!