I spent a fair amount of time thinking about the things that didn’t get done over the weekend. In fact, I spent a chunk of this morning lamenting what didn’t happen. But it wasn’t a total loss. I was able to catch up on some reading I had put off and kicked down the road. Among the things I spent some time on was this Q&A with Midway Minute’s David Brown and former NFL official Jerry Markbreit.
Reading that, I learned that Markbreit was the official in the infamous Charles Martin-Jim McMahon Game. And that was an odd quirk for a handful of reasons. But there’s plenty of good stuff, so I would encourage you to give it a read (if you haven’t already).
• When asked by Peter King if his Jaguars are selecting Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Jacksonville Head Coach Urban Meyer said: “I’d have to say that’s the direction we’re going.” If only Draft Day decision was *THAT* easy…
• NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks spends a chunk of this piece discussing the 49ers’ quarterback options after their Friday trade-up. However, there are a handful of players Brooks breaks down who intrigue me. In fact, I think Bears fans should be keeping tabs on in his list of fast-rising prospects. For instance, Brooks describes Texas offensive tackle Samuel Cosmi as “an ideal blocker in a zone-heavy running scheme” — which could make him an ideal match with the Bears, should they lean more on Bill Lazor’s running schemes. Purdue receiver Rondale Moore seems to be locking in a spot as a Day 2 prospect, and that he draws a favorable comparison to Tyreek Hill is eye-opening. Northwestern cornerback Greg Newsome II fits the Bears mold in the size (6-feet, 192 pounds) and speed (4.38 40-yard dash) categories. Grabbing any of those prospects above in the first two days of the Draft would be a pleasant surprise for these Bears.
• While cornerbacks are on my mind, I find these rankings interesting:
• No Asante Samuel Jr.? A snub of Jaycee Horn? Elijah Molden is on the outside looking in? I could probably go on name-dropping cornerbacks who can make a case for inclusion in the top-6. And I suppose that’s a good thing for a few reasons. For starters, this appears to be a talented cornerbacks class that features a handful of players with top-tier traits who won’t be in that top-tier category — but not because of their own doing. And if you’re a Bears team with a sudden need to find a long-term starter at cornerback, you’re likely viewing this wave of talent as a good thing. Remember, six cornerbacks were taken ahead of Jaylon Johnson last year. So Chicago could very well unearth a starting-caliber gem who is on the fringes. With that in mind, let’s remain in contact with possible CB options moving forward. After all, we can’t ignore the need.
• With cornerbacks still on my mind, it’s good to know I wasn’t alone on an island thinking the Desmond Trufant signing last week was in the mold of the Bears’ addition of Prince Amukamara in 2017. Over at The Athletic, Adam Jahns sees the similarities in Chicago’s latest “prove it” deal for a cornerback.
• Chris Roling (Bleacher Report) reiterates there are still so many free agents who can be helpful for teams in a variety of ways. One name that sticks out is Kelechi Osemele. The guard’s injuries have slowed him down, but not to the point where he doesn’t remain an intriguing target. Osemele will play in his age 32 season after being limited to just eight games over the last two seasons. But perhaps that injury history provides a buy-low opportunity for a team that needs competition and help along the offensive line.
• Some unexpected love for Matt Nagy:
• Some deets on DeAndre Houston-Carson’s deal with the Bears:
• Today, the Bears will be at Duke’s Pro Day. But previously, they were visiting elsewhere on Tobacco Road:
— Zack Pearson (@Zack_Pearson) March 26, 2021
• As an art dork, I love this stuff:
.@gridironborn dives deep into the colorful world of Chicago #Bears artwork in his new piece!
Brushstrokes of Genius: The Legacy and Revival of Chicago Bears Artwork https://t.co/3WGEHeixE3 pic.twitter.com/cn1YhoibAq
— Windy City Gridiron (@WCGridiron) March 29, 2021
• Some important perspective from Doug Williams:
"Opportunity is the problem." – Doug Williams, the first Black quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl, talks about the lack of minority coaches in the NFL.
— AP NFL (@AP_NFL) March 29, 2021