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Rotoworld NFL mock draft: At No. 1, the Browns select...

Rotoworld NFL mock draft: At No. 1, the Browns select...

NBCSports' and Rotoworld's NFL Draft expert Josh Norris released his first 2017 NFL mock draft. Here are the Top 5 picks. Also, be sure to check out the entire mock draft here:

This mock draft will change. Frequently.

The process is still young. The full list of underclassmen declarations is still not finalized. The All-Star circuit has not started. Free agency is months away. So as of now, I’m focusing more on current team needs and possible changes in the coming months. Future iterations will be more fleshed out.

1. Cleveland Browns: EDGE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M - Likely viewed as the draft’s top prospect. Reportedly dealt with a high ankle injury this season. NFL teams have to rush the passer, and drafting players like Emmanuel Ogbah and Carl Nassib don’t prevent you from adding Garrett.

2. San Francisco 49ers: EDGE Derek Barnett, Tenn - This is a difficult one. The 49ers likely won’t draft Jonathan Allen after adding Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner over the last two years. Maybe they like a quarterback. If not, Barnett could be viewed as the second-best edge rusher.

3. Chicago Bears: QB Mitch Trubisky, UNC - If you think previous years included conflicting quarterback opinions, just wait on the 2017 NFL Draft. Trubisky was a starter for one season. It is vital to evaluate his play when pressured and forced outside of structure, since so much of UNC’s offense is about rhythm.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars: DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama - This would be a great selection, and many teams might view Allen as the No. 1 player in the draft. The Jaguars invested cash and picks into the defensive line, but a team can never have enough disruptors.

5. Tennessee Titans (via LA): FS Malik Hooker, Ohio State - Some might render football down to turnovers and big plays. Hooker can create big plays and turnovers thanks to his extreme range from his safety spot.

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Cody Parkey will kick at Soldier Field Wednesday night

Cody Parkey will kick at Soldier Field Wednesday night

Cody Parkey downplayed the significance of going to practice kicking at Soldier Field Wednesday night, saying he’s heading there to “check all my boxes” and that “it can’t hurt.”

But Parkey’s trip from Halas Hall to the lakefront is noteworthy in the aftermath of the Bears’ kicker missing four PAT/field goal attempts, all of which went off an upright, in Sunday’s 34-22 win over the Detroit Lions. It’ll result in a long day for Parkey, who estimated he’d get back to Halas Hall around 11 p.m. Wednesday night. 

“As a kicker, this is my fifth season doing this, I’ve had highs, I’ve had lows,” Parkey said. “So unfortunately it comes with the territory sometimes. I don’t get down on myself, I know I’m a great kicker. I’m just gonna go out there Sunday and try my best.”

Parkey hasn’t got caught up in the reaction to his historically-bad game, staying off social media and saying he couldn’t care less about ignominiously making a Jimmy Fallon monologue this week. 

“I go home to my wife and my dog, and they don’t really care if I make field goals or not,” Parkey said. “So I find peace in that. I talk to my family, stuff like that. But I don’t beat myself up, I don’t go on social media, I don’t do any of that. I could care less about what anyone thinks of me other than people in this locker room.”

Logistically, getting to Soldier Field from Halas Hall can be an traffic-fueled annoyance, but it’s one the Bears felt was important enough to go ahead and do. Former Bears kickers Robbie Gould and Kevin Butler used to practice kicking at Soldier Field during the week, for what it’s worth. 

The Bears will need Parkey to be better on Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings, in what could be a close, critical game for control of the NFC North. But Parkey won’t change his mental approach for that night, even if his midweek work is now switched up a bit. 

“Same as last week, same as the week before,” Parkey said. “I just try to go out there and make my kicks.”

PFF grades Mitchell Trubisky, Bryce Callahan as Bears' best against Lions

PFF grades Mitchell Trubisky, Bryce Callahan as Bears' best against Lions

Everything seemed to click for Mitchell Trubisky against the Detroit Lions. Matt Nagy called it his best game of the season, even surpassing his breakout performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in Week 4.

Pro Football Focus largely agreed with the Bears’ head coach, as Trubisky was the offense’s highest-graded starter in the game at 88.6 overall.

The young quarterback particularly excelled under pressure, a big step forward from previous weeks. He had a perfect 158.3 passer rating under duress, going 5-of-6 for 89 yards and a touchdown according to PFF.

He wasn’t much worse from a clean pocket, completing 75 percent of his passes for 266 yards and a 138.5 passer rating.

Trubisky had only one incompletion on passes less than 10 yards down field, and PFF credited him with two avoided tackles on scrambles past the line of scrimmage.

On the other side of the ball, cornerback Bryce Callahan led the way with a 90.3 overall grade, the highest grade of any cornerback in Week 10.

PFF charted him with six targets in coverage, and he allowed three catches for only 16 yards to go with one PD and his interception.

Callahan added a sack and two hurries on only four blitzes, continuing his strongest season to date in the slot.

He and wide receiver Allen Robinson made PFF’s Team of the Week for their performances against the Lions: