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NFL Draft: Dabo Swinney compares Deshaun Watson to Michael Jordan

NFL Draft: Dabo Swinney compares Deshaun Watson to Michael Jordan

Chicagoans take comparisons to Michael Jordan very seriously.

So it was intriguing to hear Clemson quarterback — and newly-minted national champion — Deshaun Watson compared to "His Airness."

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney (aka the next Joe Maddon) discussed Watson at the Senior Bowl and name-dropped MJ.

"He's humble, the same guy every day and always ready," Swinney said, according to ProFootball Talk. "He comes to every meeting prepared. That's how you change things. You change the culture through — for me, it's through discipline and recruiting, staffing and all that stuff.

"For [NFL teams], it's decision-making, it's who you pick. And I'm just telling you: They pass on Deshaun Watson, they're passing on Michael Jordan. I mean, I don't know what the heck I'm talking about, I'm just an old funky college coach, but Deshaun Watson is the best, by a long shot."

[SHOP: Gear up Bears fans!]

Swinney was talking specifically about the Cleveland Browns with the No. 1 pick in this spring's NFL Draft, but as of right now, many pundits believe the Browns will go with edge rusher Myles Garrett.

The San Francisco 49ers hold the second pick and they appear to be in the market for a quarterback, too.

But if Watson is still around when the Bears pick at No. 3, would they take the chance? Or is that a reach?

By the way, guess when Michael Jordan was drafted: No. 3 overall.

Coincidence?

Under Center Podcast: Mitchell Trubisky is a Pro-Bowler!

Under Center Podcast: Mitchell Trubisky is a Pro-Bowler!

JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and Paul Aspan wonder if Mitchell Trubisky’s trip to the Pro Bowl can be beneficial. Plus, they talk about the Bears going to London next year and how Ryan Pace can fix issues at kicker and running back in the offseason. You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below:

0:25: What if you had someone who both knew Sean McVay and was friends with Manny Machado? Would they be an NFL head coach or be playing for the White Sox?
1:20: Mitchell Trubisky is a Pro Bowler. Did he deserve it? Does it matter?
6:30: Why it’s cool to see Charles Leno and Cody Whitehair get Pro Bowl nods, too
9:05: The Bears are going to London! Neat opportunity, or cause for concern?
12:45: Did the NFC/AFC Championship games make you think the Bears are closer or farther to the Super Bowl?
15:10: Would you rather your team lose on Cody Parkey’s double-doink or on an absurdly missed pass interference call?
19:10: How should the Bears go about fixing their kicking situation?
23:00: What does Ryan Pace need to do to address the run game?
26:40: Sneaky positions of need for the Bears in 2019
 

The Bears were the best bet in the NFL this season

The Bears were the best bet in the NFL this season

The Bears were the most profitable NFL team against the spread in the 2018 season. According to The Action Network, the Bears were 12-4 against the spread (ATS), and almost automatic at home, going 7-1 for bettors backing them at Soldier Field.

The NFC Champion Rams, despite going 13-3 during the regular season, were not a great bet, going just 7-7-2 ATS.

The second most profitable teams for bettors backing them? The 13-3 Saints who rewarded bettors with a 10-6 record…and believe it or not, yes, the Cleveland Browns, who despite finishing 7-8-1, also went 10-6 against the spread.