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.
The Cubs headed to Cincinnati in style Thursday night for their final regular-season series of the season.
In what may or may not be the last themed trip of the year implemented by Joe Maddon, Cubs players sported NFL jerseys while they hit the road and some of them are unique.
Kris Bryant went old school with a retro Mike Ditka home jersey while David Ross and Pedro Strop rocked the Bo Jackson home and away Oakland Raiders jersey:
Five Cubs players wore Walter Payton jerseys to represent the Bears:
Walter Payton made a strong showing on the Cubs jersey trip. Best. Bear. Ever. https://t.co/V7iOQ4sW4z— Ben Zobrist (@benzobrist18) September 30, 2016
Here is the full team picture, courtesy of Ross' Twitter account:
Other notables: Jason Heyward in a Cam Newton jersey, Jon Lester in a Matt Ryan jersey and the Cubs rookies in cheerleader outfits. Priceless.