If the NFL would just listen to Mel Kiper, the Bears would be very happy.The ESPN draft analyst has Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus going to the Bears at No. 19 in both the mock draft published in his 2012 Draft Report and in his revised three-rounder on Wednesday.CSNChicago.coms View from the Moon first-round will be out after this weekend but you get an early peek at No. 19 now its Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones, who Mel has going to San Diego at No. 18.In the second round, Mel initially had the Bears landing LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle but has tweaked that in the direction of wideout Brian Quick,who had202 catches and 31 TDs in four seasons at Appalachian State.And in a third-round surprise, the Bears would absolutely love, Mel projects them selecting Penn State defensive tackle Devin Still. That would address a level-one need with a 6-foot-5 inside force that Pro Football Weekly and View from the Moon (theres another preview hint for you) see as a first-round selection.GM Phil Emery has positioned the Bears this offseason to have options on draft days, something they havent always had. Chris Williams (2008) and Gabe Carimi (2011) were picks in years when the Bears made no secret of their premium on getting an offensive tackle.Coach Lovie Smith has voiced the annual wish for more pressure rushing the passer and that is probably as close to a true need as the Bears have going into next weekend.Peter King over at Sports Illustrated adjusted his mock draft Friday to the Bears selecting Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wrightat No. 19 and Mercilus going 20 to Tennessee. I can see the Mercilus pick by the Titans but with the options available in round two (Quick, Randle, Alshon Jefferey), taking a wideout with the first-round pick seems more than a little unlikely.Draft boards are being put into more filled-out conditions around the NFL this weekend and mock drafts begun in earnest. Less than a week from now, no more mock to it.
Javon Wims left the Bears' Week 14 victory over the Cowboys in the second quarter with an apparent knee injury.
The severity of the injury was unknown at the time, but fortunately, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Friday that it's "nothing major."
Injury updates from last night:— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 6, 2019
— #Bears WR Javon Wims has a slight knee sprain, source said. Nothing major.
— #Cowboys WR Cedrick Wilson’s ACL is intact & no surgery for him, sources said. But he has a knee sprain & is a candidate for Injured Reserve based on the time of year.
Saturday afternoon, Wims posted a rather comical exchange between himself and a car driver (presumably an Uber driver, though that's not confirmed), wherein he discussed his injury as if he was just another fan.
"Nah he's not too bad," Wims assured the driver, after the driver said he hoped Wims wasn't seriously hurt. "I think he'll be alright... You know, I was at that game, so I saw him walk off. He walked off pretty gingerly, but it looked like he was okay.
"That kid got a bright future ahead of him, he got all the intangibles," Wims continued.
The two shared a laugh when Wims revealed his true identity. Wims' status for next week's matchup with the Packers isn't clear at the moment, but it's nice to see him making lemonade out of lemons for the time being.
The Lions fought admirably in their Thanksgiving day loss to their Bears — even without starting QB Matthew Stafford, who missed the game with a back injury.
With third-stringer David Blough under center, Detroit hung around all game, but were outdone by a late Mitch Trubisky game-winning drive, falling 24-20.
In the moment, Stafford's absence was a surprising development. Now, according to a report by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the Lions organization, head coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn are all facing fines for not properly updating Stafford's status in advance of the game:
The NFL has fined the #Lions organization $75,000, head coach Matt Patricia $25,000 and GM Bob Quinn fined $10,000 for violating the NFL Injury Report Policy by failing to properly update the game status of QB Matthew Stafford prior to the Nov. 10 game against the Chicago Bears.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 7, 2019
It's insult to injury for a team currently in the basement of the NFC North at 3-8-1. Two victories over the Lions over a span of four weeks helped spark Trubisky and the Bears to the late-season surge they're currently enjoying.