Draft Day 2: Bears have some enticing opportunities


Draft Day 2: Bears have some enticing opportunities

Back when the draft was done over two days Rounds 1-3 on Saturday, 4-7 on Sunday teams looked forward to the overnight between the days. That was the time to inventory draft boards sometimes scrambled by day one events, and very often a gem had somehow slipped through.Alex Brown was such a nugget in 2002, a first-round talent whod drifted down for fuzzy reasons. So was Nathan Vasher in 2004. And Roosevelt Colvin and Warrick Holdman in 1999.The Bears hold the 18th pick of the second round, 50th overall. It will be up to GM Phil Emery and his staff to move on nuggets when the rounds start again Friday evening.Theres a couple different ways we can go in the second round, especially in the third, fourth and fifth rounds in terms of having flexibility the rest of the draft, Emery said. Getting a defensive end makes the rest of the scenario work for us the best possible way.The trade for Brandon Marshall and signings of Devin Thomas and Eric Weems dialed down urgency for addressing wide receiver. Running back Michael Bush, quarterback Jason Campbell andguard Chilo Rachal those and others gave the Bears quality veteran depth and allow the Bears to truly pursue a best player available.Wide receiverStephen Hill from Georgia Tech was the Combine sensation with his initial 40-yard dash time in the 4.2s. Some projections put him into the first round despite virtually no college production, in part because of a non-passing scheme.Hill rightly went nowhere in the first round. He will in the second, probably sooner rather than later.The same for Alshon Jeffery out of South Carolina. LSUs Rueben Randle did not get a first-round phone call but should not have long to wait on Friday.Offensive linePerhaps the biggest surprise ofRound 1was the number of offensive linemen projected as possible No. 1s who are still on the board: tackles Mike Adams from Ohio State, Jonathan Martin from Stanford, guards Cordy Glenn from Georgia and Amini Silatolu, and Wisconsin center Peter Konz.Most were on the cusp of Round 1, arguably overrated by some analysts, but they do represent quality now in Round 2. The Bears selected McClellin because they had him rated higher than any of the available offensive linemen when their turn came at No. 19.That player McClellin was at that spot at that time and he was the highest rated player we had, Emery said.CornerbackNational Football Post draft analyst Wes Bunting said during the NFL Scouting Combine that cornerback is a value area of the draft class. Three went in the first 17 picks but Bunting concluded that starter-level cornerbacks would be available in rounds 2 and 3.Brandon Boykin from Georgia, Nebraskas Alfonzo Dennard and Trumaine Johnson from Montana are that group. Janoris Jenkins from North Alabama was rated a first-round talent but with off-field issues that have him off many boards entirely.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: How long will Mike Glennon last as the starting QB?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: How long will Mike Glennon last as the starting QB?

In the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast, Dan Cahill and Jordan Bernfield join Kap on the panel. 

The Cubs lineup changes continue. So which young Cub need to play every day? The guys discuss. Plus, Jim Deshaies joins the show live to discuss the state of the Cubs’ rotation.

Mike Glennon is told that this season is his. How long will that last? 

Later, Scott Paddock discusses NASCAR’s big schedule changes for 2018 and how it affects racing at Chicagoland Speedway.

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Bears QB Mike Glennon makes his role emphatically clear: ‘This year is my year’

Bears QB Mike Glennon makes his role emphatically clear: ‘This year is my year’

Mike Glennon stuck to an emphatic mantra during his first meeting with the media since the Bears drafted Mitch Trubisky last month: “This year is my year.”

It wasn’t a surprising line — what else was he supposed to say? — but it was telling in the sense that Glennon didn’t appear to be rattled by the presence of Trubisky, the franchise’s presumptive quarterback of the future. Unofficially, Glennon said some version of that line a dozen times in just over 10 minutes. 

“They brought me here to be the quarterback this year and nothing has changed,” Glennon said. “So in my mind, I have to go out and play well, and I know that, and that’s basically the bottom line.”

Will Glennon work with Trubisky, the No. 2 overall pick and presumptive quarterback of the future? Yes. But is that his main focus? No. The job of developing Trubisky falls on offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains and quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone, not the guy who the Bears committed tens of millions of dollars to to play quarterback. 

Glennon said general manager Ryan Pace called him about 10 minutes after Roger Goodell announced Trubisky’s name in Philadelphia April 27 to reassure him that he would still be the Bears’ starting quarterback in 2017. Like most everyone — including Trubisky — Glennon was surprised the Bears made the pick, but the 27-year-old said he quickly re-trained his attention back on preparing for the upcoming season. 

“I’m not worried about the future,” Glennon said. “I’m not worried about the past. I’m worried about the present and right now this is my team and that’s where my focus is.”

Glennon’s three-year, $45 million deal is structured so the Bears could cut him after the 2017 season and absorb only a $2.5 million cap hit, $500,000 more than the team took on when Jay Cutler was released in March. His contract was set up that way before the Bears snuck into Chapel Hill, N.C. for a surreptitious dinner and workout with Trubisky — he’s a bridge quarterback with an opportunity to show he’s greater than that label. 

“Even if I were to (look in hindsight) I would still have came here,” Glennon said. “Like I said, this is my year. There are no guarantees in the NFL. The majority of guys in the NFL are playing year-to-year. I’m here to prove myself that I can me the quarterback this year and going forward. But right now my focus is on winning games this year.”

“… I can only say it so many times, this year has been fully communicated that it's my year,” Glennon said. “I’m not going to worry about the future. As long as I play well, it will all work out.’