One Bear On All-Under-25 Team, More Allen Love, Pace of Play Changes, and Other Bullets

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One Bear On All-Under-25 Team, More Allen Love, Pace of Play Changes, and Other Bullets

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Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t wait until this video comes out.

If you’re not celebrating the right way, are you really celebrating at all?

You can ponder the answer to that question, and more, after browsing through today’s Bullets.

  • NFL mock drafts continue to roll in at a dizzying rate. The latest comes from Pro Football Weekly, which issued its first of the 2017 season on Wednesday. The site’s pick for the Bears is a familiar face for those of you who have been keeping an eye on mock drafts this offseason. Alabama’s Jonathan Allen (who recently said he met with the Bears) is PFW’s pick, and a sensible one at that. Putting Allen on the defensive line next to nose tackle Eddie Goldman and defensive end Akiem Hicks gives the front seven a new level of upside it currently doesn’t have.
  • Then again, if the Bears use the draft to add a new secondary member with their first pick, Ohio State’s Malik Hooker could be in play here.

  • The team with the best regular season record in 2016 was led by two rookies who made a serious push for MVP consideration. There is a bunch of young talent in the NFL, so analyst Eliott Harrison put together a list of the best players with only one rule in mind – each player must be 24 or younger before the season kicks off in Week 1. Harrison’s All-Under-25 team is brimming with talent, as stars like Jameis Winston, Ezekiel Elliott, and Odell Beckham Jr. headline the list. So to see Jordan Howard listed among the group is a pleasant surprise. He earned the spot for his efforts as a Pro Bowl rookie running back for an offense that didn’t have much going for it other than when No. 24 carried the pigskin. It’s a well-earned spot for a player who actually deserves more carries in 2017.
  • Rob Manfred’s Roger Goodell’s pace of play initiative seems to be ready to take the next step. Barry Wilner of the Associated Press reports the NFL is looking to pick up the pace and speed things up in new ways, including tightening up video replays, television breaks, instituting a play clock after touchdowns, and more. The NFL eliminating some commercial breaks could be a start that this initiative needs. The touchdown-commercial-kickoff-commercial pattern can really be a drag. Goodell is hoping to find an improved in-game experience, and changes could be on the horizon. You can read Goodell’s note to the fans here.
  • The Oakland Raiders have a move to Las Vegas in their sights. NFL insider Ian Rapoport lays out what will happen with regards to the Raiders’ move to Sin City at the Annual League Meetings in Arizona. There is no shortage of confidence that the move will get done, and will likely do so at a price that could be $300 million cheaper than what it cost for the Rams and Chargers to move to Los Angeles. Funding is sound, according to Rapoport, and a stadium next to the Las Vegas Strip seems to be in order. We’ll wait and see what develops in the coming week.
  • About the instructional video on celebrations mentioned in the open? Old friend and new Packer Martellus Bennett has many thoughts. Among them:

  • USC had its pro day on Wednesday, and among the players worth keeping a close eye on is cornerback/return specialist Adoree’ Jackson. The 5-10 cornerback was one of college football’s best athletes, contributing in all facets of the game. Jackson has improving coverage skills to go along with refined playmaking skills. He is an every down corner who can contribute as a special teams return ace. He would be quite a valuable player for a team like the Bears to add through the draft.

  • P.S.: Only 35 days left until the NFL Draft.

Brett Taylor contributed to this post.

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.