The Bears dont have a general manager in place but they already have their first-round draft choice. At least according to one early mock draft (and you thought Christmas decorations went up early?).
Andrew Perloff over at Sports Illustrated and working with The Dan Patrick Show on Comcast SportsNet, predicts the Bears at No. 19 will take Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd. Floyd comes with both the size and speed the Bears covet as a playmate for Jay Cutler.
The NFL seems to have trouble evaluating Notre Dame products, Perloff writes, but Floyd fits the mold of the tall, fast receiver the Bears need.
Both prognosticators over at CBSSports.com have the Bears taking Floyd as well.
Floyd is developing into the second wideout being taken, behind only Justin Blackmon from Oklahoma State. Consensus has Blackmon gone within the first five picks.
Wide receivers within the first 20 picks of the first round were never high on Jerry Angelos code of draft conduct, and that would apply to Tim Ruskell, Angelos long-time colleague in many drafts.
No doubt the draft philosophies will be among the first topics of discussion when President Ted Phillips interviews Ruskell, Phil Emery, Jason Licht, Jimmy Raye and Marc Ross within the next week or so.
With injuries all over the place, the Bears had a bevy of roster moves to announce on Tuesday night.
The most notable of those were the signings of running back Joique Bell and defensive lineman CJ Wilson, as well as moving injured defensive back Kyle Fuller to injured reserve.
Bell is a five-year NFL veteran whose played in 68 games in his career, most recently over the course of four seasons with the Detroit Lions from 2012 to 2015. In his career, he's rushed for 2,234 yards and 22 touchdowns on 561 attempts.
Wilson has spent the past six seasons in the NFL and has played for Bears division rivals the Green Bay Packers and the Lions, as well as the Oakland Raiders. He's played in 78 games in his career, contributing 111 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 15 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery.
Fuller hasn't appeared in any of the Bears first three games after appearing in 32 games over his first two NFL seasons.
Additionally, the Bears announced that linebacker John Timu has been elevated to the active roster and that linebacker Jonathan Anderson and tight end Greg Scruggs have been waived.
The hits keep coming for the Bears.
Already riddled with injuries on both sides of the ball, they will reportedly place cornerback Kyle Fuller on injured reserve, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Fuller will be able to return to the Bears in eight weeks.
Fuller has been dealing with knee soreness since the offseason and through training camp. The Bears shut him down in mid-August, leaving him behind on the team's trip to New England for a pair of joint practices and exhibition game.
Three days after that news surfaced, Fuller had athroscopic knee surgery. There was no timetable given for Fuller's recovery.
Fuller was expected to start this year opposite Tracy Porter. Rookies Deiondre Hall, Deon Bush and DeAndre Houston-Carson have seen expanded roles in Fuller's absence.
Through three weeks the winless Bears rank 10th in pass defense, allowing 214 yards per game. But they've only recorded one interception and allowed four touchdowns, giving opponents a passer rating of 97.5, which is 10th worst in the NFL.
On Sunday the Bears face the Lions and quarterback Matthew Stafford, who ranks third in the NFL in passing yards, second in touchdowns and sixth in quarterback rating.