Boise State battle in NFC North someday?


Boise State battle in NFC North someday?

The Bears selected Boise State defensive end Shea McClellin with their No. 1 pick. At some point in his Chicago career, maybe sooner rather than later, he may be called on to take down a record-setting quarterback and it wont be Aaron Rodgers.

Boise State teammate Kellen Moore went undrafted, signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent hopeful behind Matthew Stafford and Shaun Hill, and told the Idaho Statesman, I dont think there will be a more motivated quarterback than me.

Moore, who won a college-record 50 games, was not one of the 11 quarterbacks drafted, finishing with Northern Illinois Chandler Harnish as the final pick of the 2012 draft. Two reasons:

Moores size (6-foot, 197 pounds) is a concern and he doesnt have special arm strength to offset that. He has a lot to overcome, said ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay.

Additionally, not a lot of teams were drafting quarterbacks (11, in fact). The Bears, for example, had taken one in each of the last two drafts (Dan LeFevour, Nathan Enderle) but this offseason signed Jason Campbell and re-signed Josh McCown.

There also werent a lot of teams looking for quarterbacks, McShay said. But theres a legitimate shot Moore can make that team as the No. 3.

Fire draft two Charlotte 49ers to close out draft


Fire draft two Charlotte 49ers to close out draft

The Chicago Fire drafted three players in the first two rounds of the MLS draft on Friday and added another two players in the draft's final two rounds on Tuesday.

The Fire selected two players out of Charlotte in the final two rounds. Midfielder Brandt Bronico went with the third pick in the third round, No. 47 overall, and defender Matej Dekovic was picked with the third pick in the fourth round, No. 69 overall.

Bronico was a key cog all four years at Charlotte. He was a three-time First-Team Conference USA selection and Conference USA Player of the Year as a senior. He totaled 25 goals and 23 assists in four years, including nine goals and five assists in 18 matches as a senior. He had eight goals and 10 assists as a junior.

Bronico also scored an eye-catching goal on the final day of the MLS Combine.

Dekovic is a defender born in Zagreb, Croatia. He was a First-Team Conference USA pick this fall while playing at left back. The Fire don't have much depth currently at outside back, but Dekovic's status as an international player will give him an uphill battle to make the team.

The Fire open preseason camp in six days on Monday, Jan. 23.

White Sox prospect Michael Kopech fires a 110 mph max velocity throw


White Sox prospect Michael Kopech fires a 110 mph max velocity throw

It's no secret that White Sox pitching prospect Michael Kopech throws hard.

Acquired in the trade that sent ace Chris Sale to the Red Sox, Kopech was clocked throwing a pitch 105 mph last July while pitching for the Salem Red Sox.

But that's nothing compared to what the No. 4 right-handed pitching prospect in baseball did on Tuesday.

Granted, Kopech was throwing an underload baseball (which he confirmed in a response to the original tweet), but 110 mph is 110 mph.

The White Sox would settle for a few miles per hour less on the mound, but either way it looks like they've got a good one.