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NFL Draft Profile: TCU FS Chris Hackett

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NFL Draft Profile: TCU FS Chris Hackett

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.

Chris Hackett (FS), TCU

6’0” | 195 lbs.

2014 stats:

75 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 7 INT, 6 PD, FF

Projection:

6th round

What scouts are saying:

"Hackett has limited speed and is thinner than desired for the position. He has some holes in coverage and isn't going to come up and thump as a run supporter, but there are some personnel men that think highly of him as a potential playmaker at the next level." - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

"Long-limbed athlete with a tapered frame with room for additional muscle mass. Smooth, coordinated athlete who frequently was asked to handle single-high safety coverage, as well as drop down to cover slot receivers. Very good key and diagnosis skills. Anticipates the direction of the play, making him faster to the ball than his 40-yard dash time might indicate. Impressive hand-eye coordination for a defensive back, showing the ability to extend and pluck the ball outside of his frame as well as contort his body in mid-air to make the tough interception. Disciplined defender, who will sacrifice his body to take out the legs of oncoming blockers to funnel the action back toward his teammates, rather than going for the tackle, himself, and potentially leaving cutback lanes for nifty ball-carriers to exploit. Long arms and strong hands to grab hold and drag ball-carriers to the ground. Generates impressive closing speed and has a knack for knocking the ball loose (five career forced fumbles)." - Rob Rang, CBSSports.com

Fit for the Bears:

If there's one position the Bears are thin at it's safety. Antrel Rolle, Ryan Mundy and Brock Vereen are the only safeties on Chicago's roster, and none appear to be long-term solutions at the position. The Bears will likely go into the 2015 season with at least four safeties on the roster, meaning Ryan Pace will probably address the position via draft. Hackett has seen is stock fluctuate in recent months after a dismal showing at the Combine, with most pundits pegging him as a late Day 3 selection. For a guy that possesses decent size and speed, it wouldn't be a bad idea to see Pace use a Day 3 lottery ticket on the former TCU product.

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Vegas sets Mitchell Trubisky’s pass TD total at 26.5

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Vegas sets Mitchell Trubisky’s pass TD total at 26.5

If Mitchell Trubisky has the kind of break out year in his second season under Matt Nagy that Bears fans are hoping for, he should have no problem cashing an OVER 26.5 passing TDs ticket for bettors who want to back him.

Per Bet Chicago, Caesars is rolling out division props and they set Trubisky’s touchdown pass total for 2019 at 26.5 and his pass yard total at 3,744.5.

While both those marks would be career highs for Trubisky, this number will surely be seen as a slight by the hometown fans and continue to add to the polarizing nature of the quarterback formerly known as the Pretty Boy Assassin.

In Chicago, and if you’re team Mitch, this number is ridiculously low and you’re probably already pounding the over.

Outside of Chicago, and with some analytical support, there’s a lot of doubt about Trubisky’s future as a viable option as an NFL starter, so I’d guess the Pro Football Focus crowd is probably gonna take the under.

We rolled out some props of our own on the Under Center podcast last week including:

Will Mitch Trubisky pass for 10 or more touchdowns than Craig Kimbrel has saves? (Including playoffs for both)

26.5 regular season passing touchdowns probably gives Kimbrel the edge, but it’s right in range. 

And that Trubisky – Kimbrel prop prompted this bold response from our own Bears insider JJ Stankevitz:

I don’t think I’m in the 40 club with my guy JJ, but the OVER certainly feels like the move here. At least it better be if the Bears are gonna make any sort of NFC North title defense. 

 

Former Bear Greg Olsen randomly walks into marriage proposal, catches whole thing on video

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Former Bear Greg Olsen randomly walks into marriage proposal, catches whole thing on video

Scenario: you're walking down the street and randomly walk into a marriage proposal. What do you do?

For former Bear and current Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, the answer was to capture the magical moment on video. 

Olsen was in Nashville this week to give a keynote speech at a healthcare conference. While walking back to his hotel on Thursday, he randomly stumbled into a marriage proposal. His first response: hit record on his phone and capture the whole thing on video.

"Did she say yes? I got it on video, dude," Olsen said emphatically. "I'm going to send it to you!

"She said yes and I got it all on video, and you don't even know me, but I'm going to send it to you."

The couple, according to the Panthers, is Max Harvat and Brooke Hartranft. The two were visiting Nashville for the week, but Harvat didn't necessarily plan the proposal. It was as much of a sporadic moment for him as it was random for Olsen.

"Oh my god, you're my hero," Harvat said to Olsen after the proposal.

As it turns out, Harvat grew up a Panthers fan. However, he had no idea that Olsen was the person recording the proposal in the moment, only happy that someone caught it on video. When he stood up, he realized who the mystery man was.

“When I stood up, I looked over and I started having a mini heart attack," Harvat said to panthers.com. "I was like, ‘I’m 90 percent sure that’s Greg Olsen from the Panthers!’

“I'm a huge Carolina fan. I was like, ‘Oh my God, you're telling me that Greg Olsen just recorded the whole thing?’ I was so excited. It was amazing."

The moment wasn't just special for Havrat and Hartranft, though.

"It's the best thing I've ever witnessed," Olsen said in the video.

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