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SportsTalk Live: Who should the Bears target at No. 7?

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SportsTalk Live: Who should the Bears target at No. 7?

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

2021 NFL Draft: Top WR prospect Rashod Bateman opts out of 2020 season

2021 NFL Draft: Top WR prospect Rashod Bateman opts out of 2020 season

NFL players aren't the only ones who are choosing to opt out of the 2020 football season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. College players are too, including top prospects for the 2021 NFL Draft.

First, it was Caleb Farley, the talented Virginia Tech cornerback who's projected to be a first-round pick. Now, it's Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman, who has a chance to be the first pass-catcher selected in next April's draft.

Bateman finished the 2019 season with 60 catches for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns and was slated to be QB Tanner Morgan's top target in a year that he would've challenged LSU's Ja'marr Chase to be the most coveted wide receiver in the country.

Bateman's decision to opt out of the season shouldn't hurt his draft stock all that much. He doesn't have a significant injury history and with more time to train for the NFL Combine and his pro day (assuming he has one), he should test exceptionally well at an estimated 6'2 and 210 pounds.

Report: NFL, NFLPA close to signing updated CBA with COVID-19 conditions

Report: NFL, NFLPA close to signing updated CBA with COVID-19 conditions

The NFL could be one step closer to returning, soon. According to Ian Rapoport, the NFL and NFLPA are close to signing their updated collective bargaining agreement for playing in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two sides agreed to a new CBA back in March but came back to the table to revise after the global pandemic hit the United States hard.

This news comes after the NFLPA player representatives voted 29-3 in favor of the changes on Friday.

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The new deal allows for 16-man practice squads, no preseason games for 2020, and high-risk and voluntary opt-outs for players. According to Tom Pelissero, high-risk players who opt out will receive a $350,000 stipend. Voluntary opt-outs for non-high-risk players will receive a $150,000 salary advance. Contracts will toll in each case, meaning it will be treated as a regular year of service time.

According to Ian Rapoport, training camp will now include a 20-day ramp-up period with no more than 14 padded practices.

In addition, Rapoport reports that rosters will need to be trimmed down to 80 players by Aug. 16, and no more than 80 people will be allowed in team buildings at a time.

"The NFL clubs and the NFL Players Association approved an agreement that broadly resolves all outstanding issues relating to the opening of training camps and start of the 2020 season," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "Training camps will begin as scheduled.

"We have worked collaboratively to develop a comprehensive set of protocols designed to minimize risk for fans, players, and club and league personnel. These plans have been guided by the medical directors of the NFL and the NFLPA and have been reviewed and endorsed by independent medical and public health experts, including the CDC, and many state and local public health officials.

“The season will undoubtedly present new and additional challenges, but we are committed to playing a safe and complete 2020 season, culminating with the Super Bowl."


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