The Bears went into the 2012 draft with a core of seven players they would consider with the No. 19 pick of the draft. The draft then worked out to give them what they considered superior options at the pick both offensive and defensive linemen and they hope they came away with the pass rusher that Lovie Smith, Rod Marinelli and the defense want on the other side from Pro Bowler Julius Peppers.
Shea McClellin, defensive end, Boise State.
McClellin, 6-3, 260 pounds, was a starter his final three years at Boise State and had seven sacks last season and 9.5 in 2010. He was one of the fastest defensive ends, timed at 4.66 sec in the 40-yard dash, and fits the speed model the Bears have liked in Alex Brown.
The San Diego Chargers picking at No. 18 selected South Carolina pass-rushing end Melvin Ingram, one of the handful of players either brought in to Halas Hall for an extra meeting with coaches and scouts.
A draft breaking their way
The first round was marked by scrambling in the top seven as only the Indianapolis Colts drafted in their original spot. More important for the Bears, none of the teams were chasing defensive linemen.
The first D-lineman didnt go until No. 11 when the Kansas City Chiefs took nose tackle Dontari Poe, followed by Mississippi State tackle Fletcher Cox going to the Philadelphia Eagles, who traded up from No 15 to get Cox.
But the edge rushers were getting no play. Massive LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers went at No. 14 to the Rams and then Seattle made the first true shocking pick when they took West Virginia linebackerdefensive end Bruce Irvin.
North Carolina, projected by some to be a top-10 pick, was selected by the New York Jets at 16 where Rex Ryan was expected to grab an outside rusher instead. Then the Bengals took the third cornerback in the span of 12 picks when they chose Alabamas Dre Kirkpatrick.
Carlos Rodon played catch in front of Don Cooper on Monday afternoon but only added to the intrigue surrounding his health when he declined to talk to the media.
On the 10-day disabled list with a biceps strain, the White Sox said Rodon continues to make progress in his rehab program. Cooper said the third-year pitcher felt and looked fine as he played catch in left field. But neither he nor manager Rick Renteria offered many more details on when Rodon may return or even when he could throw off a mound.
"He looked like he played catch good," Cooper said. "His throwing program is progressing. He felt fine. He threw the ball fine. That's kind of where we are at. He threw fine and move on to the next."
Rodon is in town for several days to be observed by the White Sox. On Friday, general manager Rick Hahn described the visit as a "routine follow-up visit." But other than making sure they're cautious with Rodon, the club hasn't been able to offer a specific timetable for their prized pitcher.
"I can't tell you in detail what the program is," Renteria said. "I know it involves throwing and making sure he's getting treatments and making sure it's taken care of, the issue he had with his biceps. We know it's getting better."
But the improvement hasn't made the situation any easier to deal with. When they started him on a delayed program this spring, the White Sox had Rodon pegged for 33 starts and 200 innings. As of now, there's no certainty when he'll make his first turn and the calendar is nearing May.
"He's frustrated," Cooper said. "He wants to get through this, through all of it. We are just there to try to make sure he's doing things right and there's progression.
"Well, I mean we've already taken a lot of caution. He's important to us now and in the future. We wouldn't rush with him or anybody."
In the latest edition of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, CSN's David Kaplan is joined by the Chicago Tribune's David Haugh and the Chicago Sun-Times' Adam Jahns to discuss the Bulls falling to a 2-2 series tie with the Celtics.
The guys predict how the first-round playoff series will end and talk about how Isaiah Canaan will fare as the starting point guard in Game 5.
Then, the panel discusses whether Matt Davidson should be in the White Sox lineup more and who will still be playing on the South Side when the White Sox rebuild is done.
Finally, the panel discusses a couple of contract extensions for Pat Fitzgerald and Chris Collins at Northwestern.
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