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.

ICYMI: The Bears lose in OT, the Bulls season nears, the Blackhawks make history


ICYMI: The Bears lose in OT, the Bulls season nears, the Blackhawks make history

The Bears suffered a heartbreaking defeat (that makes two of those), but the Bulls are days away from the start of a new season and the Blackhawks did something that has never happened before in sports history.


The Bears had a slow first half, failing to score against the shorthanded Dolphins, but picked things up in the third quarter. It all fell apart late in the fourth quarter and then again in overtime in a 31-28 defeat. Miami went up against the Bears without starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, but Brock Osweiler threw for 380 yards and three touchdowns. What does that say about the Bears' defense?

Matt Nagy was a bit chippy with the media after the game, but there were still positive signs from the offense.

Plus, Dwyane Wade was there and repped the Bears on the road.


The Bulls wrapped up the preseason Friday with a 98-93 loss to the Nuggets. Wendell Carter Jr. and Bobby Portis both showed well in the preseason finale and Jabari Parker flashed his potential as well.

With the preseason complete, Mark Strotman graded each player on the Bulls roster. You may not want to calculate the team GPA.

The roster is being finalized as well, with Ryan Arcidiacono making the team and local product Tyler Ulis getting picked up off waivers.


Saturday was an eventful day for the Blackhawks. First, it marked the 1,000th career game for Duncan Keith. Keith talked about the emotional night after the game.

As for the game itself, the Blackhawks beat the Blues 4-3 in overtime. That was the second time the Hawks beat the Blues in OT this season, adding to a 5-4 OT win in St. Louis on Oct. 6.

Unbelievably, that was the fifth straight OT game for the Blackhawks. Every game has gone to overtime this season, and not one of those has even gone to a shootout. No NHL team has done that since the league introduced a regular-season overtime period in 1983-84, per the Elias Sports Bureau. Overtimes are more rare in other sports, but that also holds true for the NBA, NFL and MLB.

The Hawks don't play against until Thursday, when the host Arizona.

Bears notes: Was Trey Burton’s penalty justified?

Bears notes: Was Trey Burton’s penalty justified?

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — In a game full of pivotal moments, one seemed to irk the Bears in particular following Sunday’s 31-28 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium.

Driving on the Dolphins three-yard line, the Bears lined up in a T formation with Jordan Howard, Trey Burton and Tarik Cohen lined up left to right in the backfield behind Mitch Trubisky, who was under center. Burton motioned out of the backfield and to the right, and ran his route into linebacker Kiko Alonso.

Trubisky threw a short pass to a wide open Cohen for a touchdown, with Alonso late getting to the running back after being hit by Burton. But that score was taken off the board for offensive pass interference, with officials ruling what Burton did amounted to an illegal pick play.

“Trey did everything I asked him to do,” Matt Nagy said, sharply.

On the next play, Trubisky forced a pass into double coverage in the end zone, which was easily picked off by Dolphins safety T.J. McDonald. Miami turned that interception into eight points on Albert Wilson’s 43-yard touchdown and an ensuing two-point conversion.

The way Burton understood the rule was that offensive pass interference was only assessed on a pick play if he intentionally ran into a defender without running a true route. That’s what Burton felt he did; the officiating crew disagreed.

“I thought I ran a route and the guy ran into me,” Burton said. “I thought they changed the rule this year or last year — if you run the route, it doesn’t matter if you pick the guy or not, you’re good. Obviously they called it.”

A Rough Return

The conversations surrounding the Bears Sunday into Monday would be awfully different had a number of things happened — Trubisky doesn’t throw that interception, the Bears’ defense gets a stop, Tarik Cohen doesn’t fumble near midfield, etc. In that same group: If Cody Parkey hits what would’ve been a game-winning 53-yard field goal in overtime.

Parkey, instead, missed that kick wide right. His career long is 54 yards, which he hit last year while with the Miami Dolphins (and that was a game-winner with about a minute left against the Los Angeles Chargers).

“I had the distance, I just didn’t kick it straight enough, bottom line,” Parkey said. “But you’ve got to move on. I’ve made game winners, I’ve missed game winners. As long as I keep playing, I’m just going to keep trying to kick my best.

“… I control what I can control, and unfortunately I missed a field goal. I’d like to have that one back, but it is what it is and I’m just going to focus on the next game. That’s all I can do.”