The Bears have plenty of needs heading into next week's NFL Draft, and the SportsTalk Live panel discussed how newly tabbed general manager Ryan Pace will have copious options to fill them.
A pair of NFL writers from 670 The Score chimed in on how they believe the first round will play out, and what the Bears may do with the 7th overall pick. You can watch the entire analysis in the video above.
"What I think they will do is let the board come to them, which is the right thing to do," Dan Durkin said. "When I heard the reports talking about they're in a position to move up I just chuckled at that. This team has so many more needs than they have resources that there's no chance this team's going to do that. So I think given the state of the roster and how many holes they have they can't go wrong with that seventh overall pick. I don't think there's any position that they draft that would shock you, given the value of this draft."
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Added Jason Goff: "Even at corner. Tim Jennings had his season two, three years ago, and since then he hasn't been very good. Kyle Fuller was one of the worst corners the last three months of the season. .....Right now Ryan Pace is in a beneficial position where whatever he does right now you're going to have to go with and trust his talent evaluation. Right now Ryan Pace can do no wrong until that player puts on a helmet."
Here's a look, in alphabetical order, at some of the options the Bears will have at No. 7, or if they trade down. Click on each link to see our Road to the Draft profiles on each player.
Clemson DE Vic Beasley
Alabama S Landon Collins
Alabama WR Amari Cooper
Florida DE Dante Fowler Jr.
Nebraska DE Randy Gregory
Washington DL Danny Shelton
Michigan State CB Trae Waynes
West Virginia WR Kevin White
USC DE Leonard Williams
The NFL 100 All-Time Team just got a serious influx of speed and athleticism. Former Bears' legend and arguably the greatest special teams player of all time, Devin Hester, was named to the squad on Friday.
Hester played with the Bears from 2006 to 2013, racking up an incredible 31 return touchdowns (18 on kick returns, 13 on punt returns). Over his 11 season career, Hester collected a total of 11,028 return yards between kick and punt returns. Hester made four Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams over his career.
The 2006 No. 57 overall pick out of Miami (FL) dazzled from the start of his NFL career, collecting 1,128 combined punt/kick return yards and 5 touchdowns.
But just as impressive as his overall effectiveness, was his penchant for rising to the moment. Hester's clutch moments included an 80+ yard punt return for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in the infamous, "They are who we thought they were game".
And, of course, all NFL fans remember how Hester became the first player in NFL history to take the opening kickoff of a Super Bowl back to the house for a touchdown.
Hester was a shoo-in to make the NFL 100 All-Time Team, as he is the NFL's all-time leader in kick and punt return touchdowns but even, so his game was about so much more than just the numbers.
Devin Hester's unparalleled combination of speed and creativity in the open field delighted NFL fans in a way that perhaps no other player in history did or ever will.
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