As part of our coverage leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 150 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.
Jordan Jenkins (LB), Georgia
6’3” | 259 lbs.
58 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 4 sacks, 2 FF
"Three-year starter who has played both outside linebacker spots in the Bulldogs 3-4 defense. With Jenkins length and outstanding power on the edge, he is a natural fit as an edge-setting strongside 3-4 outside linebacker in the pros. Jenkins may not be viewed as dangerous enough as a pass rusher to warrant a first round pick, but he’s a safe pick whose toughness and football IQ make him an early starter candidate." - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
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Deiondre' Hall's status with the Bears looks a little murkier this afternoon.
Earlier today, the NFL released a statement announcing that Hall has been suspended one game for violating the NFL's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
"Deiondre' Hall has been suspended without pay for the first game of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse," the statement read. "Hall will be eligble to return to the Bears' active roster on Monday, September 10th following the team's September 9th game against the Green Bay Packers. Hall is eligble to participate in all preseason practices and games."
The suspension comes at a time when Hall is fighting for a roster spot:
Hall has played in 10 games (eight in 2016, two in 2017) for the Bears since being drafted by the team in the 4th round of the 2016 draft. Through two years, he's totaled seven tackles, two passes defended and one interception.
Bears head coach Matt Nagy confirmed to reporters on Monday that OLB Leonard Floyd underwent surgery to repair a fracture in his right hand he sustained in the first quarter of Saturday's 24-23 preseason win over the Denver Broncos.
The good news is, the Bears are optimistic that Floyd will be available to play in Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers. The bad news is, he'll likely have to play with a cast on until his injury fully heals.
"I don't think it's going to be healed, I think he's going to have to end up playing through it," Nagy said. "It might require something in regards to having a cast or a club-type deal. There's been evidence of guys that have had that and been productive, so that's what we're hoping."
TE Adam Shaheen, who suffered a right ankle sprain on the first drive of the game, is still being evaluated and it's unclear whether or not he'll be ready by Week 1.
"We're not sure there yet," Nagy said. "We're hoping. We'll probably know more later today after the tests come back."