No agreement on Bears' draft plans


No agreement on Bears' draft plans

Bears GM Phil Emery, his staff and the coaches probably have a pretty fair idea of the cluster of players theyll have ready to go when the Bears turn comes at No. 19. But where Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is fine with dropping hints or flirtations with Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin at No. 1, the Bears arent giving any real indicators.Not surprisingly then, there is little to no consensus as to what the Bears will do at No. 19. Well, maybe just a little.That was in the form of hosting a Halas Hall visit with Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones on Wednesday. Jones, 6-foot-6, 270 lbs, is rated the No. 1 prospect in one group of ends according to Pro Football Weekly, but PFW rates Jones as a possible second- or third-round pick, given that he missed five games last season with a knee injury and posted only 10 sacks in 32 college games, 28 of them starts.But the state of uncertainty is more than apparent in the fact that has mock drafts from seven of its staffers, including former NFL GM Charley Casserly, and only two players are IDd as the Bears pick at No. 19 and one of those (Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd) is expected to be gone well before the first round gets near the Bears.Consider also that the Bears have re-signed Tim Jennings and added free agents Kelvin Hayden and Jonathan Wilhite, yet two of the seven mocks have the Bears drafting a cornerback.Only three analysts forecast the Bears going with a defensive end, two for Illinois Whitney Mercilus and one for North Carolinas Quinton Coples.There, doesnt that clear everything up?

BearsTalk Podcast: The three best defensive choices for Bears' first-round pick


BearsTalk Podcast: The three best defensive choices for Bears' first-round pick

CSN's Chris Boden is joined by Bears Insider John "Moon" Mullin and J.J. Stankevitz on the latest BearsTalk Podcast.

The guys discuss the depth and flexibility the Bears have given themselves through free agency without a big-name spalsh. They also talk about reports of the Bears meeting with quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Finally, the crew gives their thoughts on who the Bears should pick with the third overall selection in the upcoming draft and where Jay Cutler will land.

Take a listen:

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Michigan State DL Malik McDowell

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Michigan State DL Malik McDowell

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan State

6'6" | 295 lbs.

2016 stats:

34 tackles, 7 TFL, 1.5 sacks


First round

Scouting Report:

"Has similar physical traits and abilities of Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner, but may not share their football character. McDowell lacked production along the interior and could benefit from a move to a defensive end spot in a 4-3 or 3-4 front. McDowell is raw, but when he flashes, it can be blinding. McDowell is an explosive, ascending prospect with All-Pro potential if he grows into his body and takes the necessary coaching." — Lance Zierlein,

Video analysis provided by Rotoworld and NBC Sports NFL Draft expert Josh Norris.

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