As part of our coverage leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of 200 prospects, including what the scouts around the league are saying and video interviews with each player.
Jamil Douglas (OG), Arizona State
6’4” | 304 lbs.
What scouts are saying:
"Quick off the snap. Plays with good leverage in pass protection to absorb bull rush, good flexibility and core strength. Slides well laterally and looks to help teammates when not covered up. Flashes a nasty streak, taking defenders to the ground." - Rob Rang, CBSSports.com
"Athletic build with desired flexibility throughout lower body. Has recovery quickness to catch delayed blitzers and twists. Flashes promising quick-set that he will use to take early lead in protection." - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
"Douglas gets by with adequate length and plus athleticism, but his play demeanor will have to ramp up in order to make it as an NFL guard. Douglas flashes enough potential to excite teams looking for athletic traits, but his lack of functional power will be hard to overlook for others. Douglas could benefit from a glass-chewing mentor in the NFL." - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
Fit for the Bears:
Douglas seems to be a nice fit for a pass-happy offense (like the previous regime) that needs athletic interior lineman oppose to physical run-blockers. With the addition of new head coach John Fox, it's unclear if a prospect like Douglas would be a good fit. Bears GM Ryan Pace will have several decisions to make as the draft progresses, including what type of players he wants to stock the roster with for added depth. Using a late round pick on Douglas could come down to what Fox wants or doesn't want and what Pace is willing to provide him, based off of his own evaluation.
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Laurence Holmes, JJ Stankevitz and Chris Bleck join Kap on the panel. The NFL wants to get a 16-game season in and would be willing to move the Super Bowl to March if necessary. But should any league even think about making plans that far in advance?
JJ writes that the Bears biggest need is interior offensive line. Do they have to take a lineman early in the draft?
Plus the guys discuss the stories about the ‘98 Bulls that they most want to hear as discuss the athletes and celebrities that they most and least want to spend time with in quarantine.
0:35 - Report: Super Bowl could be in March If start of season is delayed
4:30 - Do the Bears have to draft an offensive lineman in the 2nd round?
11:10 - NCAA gives spring sports athletes another year of eligibility
15:50 - ESPN moving up release date for “The Last Dance” about ‘98 Bulls
20:29 - Who do you most and least want to quarantine with?
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The Bears struck quickly after the new league year kicked off on March 18 when they traded a 2020 fourth-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for quarterback Nick Foles. The deal was agreed to during the legal tampering period but didn't become official until Tuesday when it was finally announced by the NFL.
Part of the delay in all of this offseason's transactions getting finalized is the social distancing required to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. Team facilities are closed. As a result, free-agent deals and trades are taking longer to process.
But the wait for Foles becoming a Bear is finally over, and he shared the moment he put pen to paper on Twitter.
Foles, 31, is expected to compete with Mitch Trubisky for the starting job in 2020 with most in football media expecting him to ultimately win the duel. He brings a resume of playoff success to Chicago, including a miraculous Super Bowl run (and victory) during the 2017 season.
Foles' stint in Jacksonville lasted just one season after signing a four-year, $88 million contract in 2019. Foles started four games (all losses) and finished the year with 736 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He was replaced in the lineup by Gardner Minshew, who took the league by storm as a mustache-wearing sixth-round pick from Washington State.
He'll get a fresh start in Chicago and if he has any sort of success in 2020, he'll be a Bear for a long time.
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