Dissecting the Bears drafts: 2008-2010

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Dissecting the Bears drafts: 2008-2010

Just how successful were the Bears at finding talent through the NFL draft from 2008-2010? Profootballfocus.com puts their picks through the Draft Grader and it isn't pretty.

Each pick earns a grade somewhere between 2.0 and -2.0 in 0.5 increments. The criteria for the grades include: where they were drafted, their performance, their contribution and other factors such as injuries or conditions that couldn't be accounted for.

The Bears had zero players at 2.0 or 1.0 with only running back Matt Forte at 1.5 or "Getting much more than you bargained for!"

Six current Bears came in at 0.5 or "Never hurts to find a solid contributor." They include: wide receiver Earl Bennett, safety Craig Steltz, tight end Kellen Davis, defensive tackle Henry Melton, cornerback D.J. Moore and WR Johnny Knox. The total number of players here should probably be higher.

The most populated grade was 0.0 or "It could have been worse" with 13 picks, though many contributed very little before leaving or are still doing so. Some of these picks include CB Zackary Bowman, guard Lance Louis, S Major Wright, defensive end Corey Wootton and tackle J'Marcus Webb.

A couple of top-100 picks -- DE Jarron Gilbert and WR Juaquin Iglesias -- in 2009 fall into the -1.0 or "What a waste!" category.

The worst pick based on the grading system is tackle Chris Williams, the 14th overall pick in 2008. He came in at -1.5 or "The scoutscoaches failed, big time!"

No picks graded out at -2.0 or "You just drafted the love child of Jamarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf!"

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Saad Father II

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Saad Father II

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, CSN's Pat Boyle goes 1-on-1 with Brandon Saad.

The two-time Stanley Cup Champion discusses the disappointment of getting traded just two weeks after winning the Cup in 2015, plus what’s the biggest difference between Joel Quenneville and his former Columbus coach, John Tortorella?

Saad also breaks down some of his favorite moments from his first stint with the Blackhawks, getting engaged, similarities between the Penguins and Blackhawks and of all his nicknames, which one is his favorite?

Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below:

White Sox Talk Podcast: Hawk rips Lackey, Swarzak traded, Coop misses Q

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Hawk rips Lackey, Swarzak traded, Coop misses Q

After a wild day at Wrigley Field against the Cubs, Chuck Garfien and Dan Hayes discuss John Lackey hitting four White Sox batters and also play Hawk Harrelson's epic on-air rant directed at the Cubs pitcher.

"Jeff the Sox Fan" appears on the podcast and suggests what he thinks Jose Abreu should have done to Lackey when he was hit for a second time.

While they taped the podcast, Anthony Swarzak was traded to the Brewers. What kind of return did the White Sox get? Garfien also interviews White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper about losing Quintana to the Cubs, why he can't watch Quintana and Chris Sale pitch in different uniform, when some minor leaguers like Reynaldo Lopez will be called up and more.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: