Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms reading this.
And for those of you who aren’t moms, just know it’s not too late to do something nice for Mother’s Day.
• What a difference one pick can make:
ICYMI, 2021 NFL Draft class rankings!
— NFL Draft (@NFLDraft) May 8, 2021
Justin Fields represents a chance to smash an endless cycle of QB heartbreak in Chicago. Can the Bears’ brass help him pull it off?
I wrote about the excitement and concerns that accompany the Bears’ big swing — and the uncertainty of what comes next.https://t.co/OXauJR9pzB
— Robert Mays (@robertmays) May 7, 2021
• You’d think that being one week removed from the 2021 NFL Draft would have me not wanting to read any more post-draft write-ups. But you’d be wrong. That’s because it’s truly enjoyable reading about the Bears draft this year. It’s a totally different vibe than it was *BEFORE* the draft, that’s for sure. And it’s not just that Chicago’s draft class is getting praise from here, there, and everywhere. It’s the praise about the players they selected. I must say it’s far more fun to discuss players chosen by the Bears than grovel about the ones they didn’t.
• Also … the post-pick image edits have been straight-up fire:
New era starts today! pic.twitter.com/pvLtcAR9Pz
— Arroyo (@Ja_era15) April 30, 2021
• The image above is *chef’s kiss* good. And it really tells a story of being a QB-starved Bears fan. This piece of art is what someone is talking about when they say “a picture is worth a thousand words.”
• And because I know you’re curious, here’s how the rest of the NFC North grades out: Lions (5th), Vikings (12th), Packers (24th). For more NFC North draft analysis, check out Gennaro Filice’s breakdown of what happened within the Bears’ division.
• Seeing the Lions in the top-5 is mildly annoying. A clean slate with a new regime led by a new GM and fresh eyes at head coach have the narrative shifting in Detroit. The Lions’ rebuild reminds me of one of those big trucks trying to make a right turn at a city intersection. It might take a while before it reaches its destination. But if it’s done correctly, it’ll get there. Then again, even if it does, there is an expectation that Justin Fields and friends will be there waiting for the challenge.
• “The Draft has mystical powers”
I FEEL DIFFERENTLY ABOUT YOU, CHICAGO BEARS.
Justin Fields changes everything.
— Marc Sessler (@MarcSessler) May 7, 2021
• A reminder of how Mike Ditka changed the game at tight end:
— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) May 8, 2021
• Right now, fútbol. This fall, football:
— Soldier Field (@SoldierField) May 8, 2021
• A real-life Van Wilder is joining Panthers camp:
Former UNLV, Sacramento State and Washington QB Kevin Thomson will try out for the #Panthers at next week’s rookie minicamp, per source. Carolina extended the invite quickly after Thomson — who opted to forgo an eighth season of college eligibility — went undrafted.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 9, 2021
• Under Armour, sunscreens, books, and science subscription boxes for kids(ooh, that caught my eye) are your Deals of the Day at Amazon #ad
• Bears running back Tarik Cohen tweeted seeking help finding his missing brother. I hope this search finds him safe:
RALEIGH/DURHAM AREA Have you seen my brother ? Last seen 2 am at Heroes pub on six forks rd. Wearing a red shirt black pants and white shoes !! 5’6” 165
Could be on foot in the woulds around 540 and six forks . Possibly injured ! RT if you’re in the area please . pic.twitter.com/CqCbbZyDGx
— Tarik Cohen (@TarikCohen) May 9, 2021