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NFL Draft Profile: Fresno State DT Tyeler Davison

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NFL Draft Profile: Fresno State DT Tyeler Davison

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.

Tyeler Davison (DT), Fresno State

6’3” | 307 lbs.

2014 stats:

61 tackles, 13 TFL, 2 forced fumbles

Projection:

4th round

What scouts are saying:

"Davison is a powerful defensive tackle who has above-average athleticism and saw his overall production spike in 2014. He is well-conditioned and can play all three downs if called upon to do so. With his athleticism, balance and power, Davison has the potential to be an outstanding pro, but he must prove that he can bring those same traits into play against better competition." - NFL.com's Lance Zierlein

"The powerful nose tackle possesses a NFL frame for the position along with long arms (33 2/8") and knows how to use them to his advantage. Is very quick off the snap and is not easy to block. He is strong as an ox and is well built overall. Uses his wide frame to get off the ball and has developed an impressive resume of pass rushing skills. Can anchor and be a hard object to move especially when he plays with a low pad level. Is able to shed blocks and locate the football." - CBS Sports' Bo Marchionte

Fit for the Bears:

If you've followed us this long, by now you know the drill. The Bears defensive line is aging (Jared Allen), injured (Willie Young, Lamar Houston) and unproven (Ego Ferguson, Will Sutton). So when Vic Fangio makes the transition to a 3-4 defense he's going to need to re-tool the position, and Davison absolutely could fit in somewhere. The fact that he's got an NFL frame is a building block, and if he can play all three downs he'll find a spot on a defensive line rotation. The Bears could use him, and in the fourth round they could add to their depth (and get younger).

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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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