What will Bears, NFC North rivals look to do in NFL Draft?

What will Bears, NFC North rivals look to do in NFL Draft?

Rotoworld's Evan Silva went team by team to preview the upcoming NFL Draft. Check out what Silva had to say about the Bears and the rest of the NFC North.

Bears (nine draft picks)

Round 1, 11
Round 2, 41
Round 3, 72
Round 4, 106
Round 4, 127
Round 5, 150
Round 6, 185
Round 6, 206
Round 7, 230

Overview: Bears second-year GM Ryan Pace had only six picks in his first draft, with just three selections in the top 105. Pace has nine picks this year, five in the first four rounds and six inside the top 150. Chicago added both of its sixth-rounders in 2015 trades "costing" the Bears LB Jon Bostic (Patriots) and DE Jared Allen (Panthers), before sending one to New England with Martellus Bennett for pick No. 127. At No. 11, the Bears are a wild card as one of the NFL's neediest teams, positioned to stay true to their board and draft best player available. They could look at Notre Dame LT Ronnie Stanley, Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott, Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves, Clemson DE Shaq Lawson, or Georgia OLB Leonard Floyd.

Detroit Lions (10 picks)

Round 1, 16
Round 2, 46
Round 3, 95
Round 4, 111
Round 5, 151
Round 5, 169
Round 6, 191
Round 6, 202
Round 6, 210
Round 7, 236

Overview: Detroit's third-round pick is compensatory (Ndamukong Suh); fired GM Martin Mayhew traded what turned out to be the No. 77 selection in exchange for using a 2015 fourth-round pick on DT Gabe Wright. (Wright played 130 snaps as a rookie.) Still, new GM Bob Quinn has flexibility with six picks in the first five rounds. Detroit's most-glaring needs are offensive tackle, center, secondary, and defensive end. They've been linked to Michigan State OT Jack Conklin, Ohio State OT Taylor Decker, and Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins. Notre Dame LT Ronnie Stanley would seemingly be a no-brainer if he lasted until the Lions' first-round pick. Alabama C Ryan Kelly could be a darkhorse at No. 16 overall.

Green Bay Packers (nine picks)

Round 1, 27
Round 2, 57
Round 3, 88
Round 4, 125
Round 4, 131
Round 4, 137
Round 5, 163
Round 6, 200
Round 7, 248

Overview: The Packers' draft is intact, with two additional fourth-round picks awarded as compensation for CBs Tramon Williams (Browns) and Davon House (Jaguars). Next offseason, GM Ted Thompson should gain 2017 compensatory picks for losing CB Casey Hayward (Chargers) and QB Scott Tolzien (Colts). As has annually become the case, Green Bay needs help at inside linebacker and more defensive line talent. Thompson will have four shots at upgrading DC Dom Capers' front-seven personnel in the top-125 picks.

Minnesota Vikings (eight picks)

Round 1, 23
Round 2, 54
Round 3, 86
Round 4, 121
Round 5, 160
Round 6, 180
Round 7, 240
Round 7, 244

Overview: After missing on Cordarrelle Patterson in the 2013 first round and Mike Wallace in last year's trade with the Dolphins, GM Rick Spielman's biggest 2016 draft priority should be emerging with a legitimate RAC threat to bookend Stefon Diggs. The Vikings also have needs at safety and arguably offensive tackle and weak-side linebacker.

Check out Silva's complete team-by-team draft preview right here.

USWNT star Carli Lloyd has received inquiries from NFL teams after hitting 55-yard field goal


USWNT star Carli Lloyd has received inquiries from NFL teams after hitting 55-yard field goal

Could Carli Lloyd become the next big multi-sport athlete?

Lloyd, a star soccer player and two-time World Cup champion with the U.S. women's national team, attended Philadelphia Eagles training camp this week. The 37-year-old lined up for a few field goals, drilling a 55-yarder along the way.

NFL teams took notice of Lloyd's kicking prowess. In an interview with Sports Illustrated's Planet Fútbol TV, Lloyd said she's received some inquiries following her kicking demonstration.

“I’ve definitely got some inquiries, I’ve definitely got some people talking," Lloyd said. "Anything is possible but right now, I’m strictly a soccer player and we’ll see what the future holds.”

Lloyd is a legendary soccer player, so one shouldn't be surprised at her kicking prowess. However, her accuracy is extremely impressive, especially considering that she was kicking through skinny/non-NFL regulation uprights.

Following the double doink that ended their 2018 season abruptly, the Bears' offseason has been defined by their kicking vacancy. Even though Lloyd said she's strictly a soccer player, perhaps the Bears should give her a call. Maybe they already have?

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Report: Colts will start third-string quarterback against Bears


Report: Colts will start third-string quarterback against Bears

Don’t call the Bears third preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts a “dress rehearsal,” because neither team is treating it that way.

Matt Nagy has been clear about how he feels about playing his starters in the preseason, and injury concerns are leading the Colts to follow the trend.

With Andrew Luck injured, backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett is their de-facto starter, so head coach Frank Reich plans to sit him too, according to The Athletic.

Third-string quarterback Chad Kelly is expected to get the start, with former undrafted free agent Phillip Walker to follow.

The nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly was a seventh-round pick by the Denver Broncos in 2017. He connected on just under 70 percent of his passes in the first two preseason games but is averaging only 6.6 yards per attempt.

Nicknamed “Swag” Kelly, he’s known as somewhat of a gunslinger, which could make for a more exciting preseason opponent under center.

He hasn’t had a turnover yet this preseason, but the Bears defense will be looking to nab his first.

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