Trading season is officially upon us, as Keith Law of ESPN.com reports that the Cubs have traded right-hander Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger to the Orioles for right-hander Pedro Strop, right-hander Jake Arrieta, and about $400,000 in international signing bonus slot amount. It’s tough to have a good feel for how valuable the international…
Leonard Floyd admitted it'll take some getting used to the Chicago weather.
As for its pizza? He's already on board with that.
The Bears' first-round selection stopped by CSN's studios late Friday night and got his first taste of deep-dish pizza, specifically a Lou Malnati's pepperoni and sausage pie.
Floyd didn't have much to say while his face was stuffed with the deep-dish.
But when he did a live chat shortly after, he confirmed that the Chicago-style pizza was as good as advertised.
"If I had three thumbs I would hold all of them up," Floyd said. "Pizza was awesome, awesome."
It's safe to say he's fitting in to the Chicago lifestyle quite well already.
The first 98 selections of the 2016 NFL Draft are in the books. Here's a look at the second and third round choices made Friday night.
32. Cleveland Browns: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
33. Tennessee Titans: Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
34. Dallas Cowboys: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
35. San Diego Chargers: Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
36. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Baltimore): Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
37. Kansas City Chiefs (via San Francisco): Chris Jones, DL, Mississippi State
38. Miami Dolphins (via Baltimore via Jacksonville): Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Noah Spence, LB, Eastern Kentucky
40. New York Giants: Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
41. Buffalo Bills (via Chicago): Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
42. Baltimore Ravens (via Miami): Kamalei Correa, LB, Boise State
43. Tennessee Titans (via Philadelphia via Los Angeles): Austin Johnson, DL, Penn State
44. Oakland Raiders: Jihad Ward, DL, Illinois
45. Tennessee Titans (via Los Angeles): Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
46. Detroit Lions: A'Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama
47. New Orleans Saints: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
48. Green Bay Packers (via Indianapolis): Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
49: Seattle Seahawks (via Chicago via Buffalo): Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama
50. Houston Texans (via Atlanta): Nick Martin, OL, Notre Dame
51. New York Jets: Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
52. Atlanta Falcons (via Houston): Deion Jones, LB, LSU
53. Washington Redskins: Su'a Cravens, LB, USC
54. Minnesota Vikings: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
55. Cincinnati Bengals: Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
56. Chicago Bears (via Seattle): Cody Whitehair, OL, Kansas State
57. Indianapolis Colts (via Green Bay): T.J. Green, DB, Clemson
58. Pittsburgh Steelers: Sean Davis, DB, Maryland
59. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Kansas City): Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State
60. New England Patriots: Cyrus Jones, DB, Alabama
61. New Orleans Saints (via New England via Arizona): Vonn Bell, DB, Ohio State
62. Carolina Panthers: James Bradberry, DB, Samford
63. Denver Broncos: Adam Gotsis, Georgia Tech
64. Tennessee Titans: Kevin Byard, DB, Middle Tennessee State
65. Cleveland Browns: Carl Nassib, DL, Penn State
66. San Diego Chargers: Max Tuerk, OL, USC
67. Dallas Cowboys: Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
68. San Francisco 49ers: Will Redmond, DB, Mississippi State
69. Jacksonville Jaguars: Yannick Ngakoue, DL, Maryland
70. Baltimore Ravens: Bronson Kaufusi, DL, BYU
71. New York Giants: Darian Thompson, FB, Boise State
72. Chicago Bears: Jonathan Bullard, DL, Florida
73. Miami Dolphins: Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama
74. Kansas City Chiefs (via Tampa Bay): KeiVarae Russell, DB, Notre Dame
75. Oakland Raiders: Shilique Calhoun, DL, Michigan State
76. Cleveland Browns (via Tennessee via Los Angeles): Shon Coleman, OL, Auburn
77. Carolina Panthers (via Cleveland via Philadelphia via Detroit): Daryl Worley, DB, West Virginia
78. New England Patriots (via New Orleans): Joe Thuney, OL, N.C. State
79. Philadelphia Eagles: Isaac Seumalo, OL, Oregon State
80. Buffalo Bills: Adolphus Washington, DL, Ohio State
81. Atlanta Falcons: Autin Hooper, TE, Stanford
82. Indianapolis Colts: Le'Raven Clark, OL, Texas Tech
83. New York Jets: Jordan Jenkins, LB, Georgia
84. Washington Redskins: Kendall Fuller, DB, Virginia Tech
85. Houston Texans: Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
86. Miami Dolphins (via Minnesota): Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
87. Cincinnati Bengals: Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State
88. Green Bay Packers: Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah State
89. Pittsburgh Steelers: Javon Hargrave, DL, South Carolina State
90. Seattle Seahawks: C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame
91. New England Patriots: Jacoby Brissett, QB, North Carolina State
92. Arizona Cardinals: Brandon Williams, DB, Texas A&M
93. Cleveland Browns (via Carolina): Cody Kessler, QB, USC
94. Seattle Seahawks (via Denver): Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State
95. Detroit Lions: Graham Glasgow, OL, Michigan
96. New England Patriots: Vincent Valentine, DL, Nebraska
97. Seattle Seahawks: Rees Odhiambo, OL, Boise State
98. Denver Broncos: Justin Simmons, DB, Boston College
The Bears had to cut ties with defensive end Julius Peppers a couple of years ago, only to see him change from a 4-3 end to 3-4 linebacker hybrid for the Green Bay Packers. In the third round of this year’s draft, the Bears added a player whose goal is to emulate Peppers, which would be more than fine with the Bears.
“Julius Peppers is my favorite player,” Florida defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard said at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine.
Bullard was selected by the Bears with the 72nd pick of this year’s draft.
“My oldest brother actually wore No. 90 because of Julius and I wore No. 90 because of my brother but it was actually Julius," Bullard said. "We all watched him play growing up. My brother also played at a D-2 school and I wore 90 in high school.”
No. 90 came available last year when the Bears released defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff. It was taken over by Greg Scruggs when he was signed on Dec. 30 for Game 16, but could be Bullard’s in the foreseeable future, particularly if Bullard plays to his self-description.
“I would say my disruption,” Bullard said of his specific strength. “I had a lot of disruption and I make things easier for my teammates to make plays, also.”
They may be very pleased with the progress of Ego Ferguson’s rehab and recovery from season-ending knee surgery but that did not stop the Bears from adding internal pressure on the defensive line with the selection of Bullard.
“We see him as a 3-4 defensive end,” said GM Ryan Pace. “He played defensive end [at Florida], bulked up and played more of a three-technique position for them.
“When you watch tape on him, there’s one thing you can’t coach, and that’s get-off. His get-off is excellent and I think there’s a lot of advantages from just that alone.”
Bullard, 6-3, 285, had 6.5 sacks in 2015 along with 17.5 tackles for loss, good enough to be a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award. He started eight games at defensive end in 2013, then all 12 games in 2014 and 14 his senior season.
“My junior year I started back out at end…but most of my senior year it was 3-technique,” Bullard said.
With the Bears set at nose tackle with Eddie Goldman and defensive end with Akiem Hicks, Bullard is expected to be part of a rotation inside in sub packages, which the Bears operated out of some 60 percent of the time in 2015, per GM Ryan Pace.
“I think because off my versatility,” Bullard said. “I can do whatever you want me to do on your defensive line, inside to outside, quickness to hold the point. So I think I’m going to bring a lot to your team.’’