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NFL Draft Profile: Auburn C Reese Dismukes

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NFL Draft Profile: Auburn C Reese Dismukes

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.

Reese Dismukes (C), Auburn

6’3” | 296 lbs.

Projection:

3rd round

What scouts are saying:

"Is almost light for today's standards and doesn't possess ideal length or power. Short arms (32") and small hands (8 1/4") that actually were the smallest measured by any player in the 2015 Senior Bowl. Struggled when covered up by a powerful nose guard, failing to get consistent movement at the point of attack." — Rob Rang, CBSSports.com

"Shows good quickness and good awareness in pass protection. Has a good punch on quick sets and pass-sets with depth when sorting out blitzes and twists. Works up to the second level and will seal and latch linebackers. Stays low when uncovered and works well with his guards. Showed an ability to take care of business when asked to block on the move in Senior Bowl practices." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

"Steady four-year starter who was considered a leader in the locker room for Auburn. Despite being highly decorated at Auburn, his tape was very marginal as a base blocker; however, his ability to play in space was highlighted at the Senior Bowl and could get him drafted on the third day." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Fit for the Bears:

With the departure of Roberto Garza, the Bears confirmed they're headed in a different direction in hopes of getting younger at the center position. Will Montgomery, 32, signed a one-year deal with Chicago, but seems to be more of a rental than a long-term solution. Reese Dismukes, who started all four years at Auburn facing SEC competition, could be the answer and would quickly evolve into a leader in the locker room, something the Bears lacked last year. It's unclear when the Bears will shift their attention to offense during the NFL Draft, but Dismukes is a very reasonable option in the third round.

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Bears sign LB Devante Bond to replace Roquan Smith on active roster

Bears sign LB Devante Bond to replace Roquan Smith on active roster

The loss of Roquan Smith to injured reserve on Monday (torn pec) created an obvious need for the Bears at linebacker on the depth chart.

Fellow starter Danny Trevathan will likely miss Sunday's game against the Packers as he continues to rehab his elbow injury, which leaves little depth behind Nick Kwiatkoski and Kevin Pierre-Louis, the reserves-turned-starters in Week 15.

As a result, Chicago signed former Buccaneers linebacker Devante Bond on Monday.

Bond, 26, was selected by Tampa Bay in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft after a strong career at Oklahoma and has six starts on his resume over the last three years. He was released by the Buccaneers on October 19 after being suspended by the NFL for four weeks for violating the league's PED policy. 

Bond will slide into a reserve role for the Bears.

Allen Robinson's 'Within Reach Foundation' hosts holiday shopping spree for Chicago Youth Centers

Allen Robinson's 'Within Reach Foundation' hosts holiday shopping spree for Chicago Youth Centers

Bears wide receiver has had his best stretch of the season recently, collecting at least 5 receptions and a touchdown in each of his last three games. But Robinson is taking the cake as perhaps the Bears MVP off the field too, as his "Within Reach Foundation" just accomplished an awesome goal in providing quite a great experience for a group of underprivileged youths. 

Robinson's Within Reach Foundation hosted 25 kids from the Chicago Youth Center and gave the kids an excellent experience that started with an early Christmas shopping spree for each kid. Also as a part of the event, each child received football with Robinson's autograph on it and a $150 gift card to Dick's Sporting Goods. 

"A lot of kids don't have things under the Christmas tree... being able to do this for kids is fun," stated Robinson. 

The ultimate goal of Robinson's Within Reach Foundation is to positively impact at least 5,000 students by the end of 2020 through their various outreach programs. 

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