Second-Round Studs, NFL Draft History, Lil’ Urlacher’s Prospect Stock Rising, and Other Bears Bullets

Outside my window sounds like an ad for the Headspace or Calm apps. It’s just rain hitting the pavement. Pretty soothing. If only the entire day is this calm.

•   Here is an example of how nuts the 2022 NFL Draft can be:

•   Three first-round QBs? That would be a win. Remember, the more quarterbacks who go in the first round, the better off the Bears pick will be. And if they all go to the NFC South, it would make for a fun narrative follow. On the other end of the spectrum, the prediction of just one R1 QB bugs me. That’s a realistic possibility that teams kick the can down the road and hold off until Day 2. Maybe a run of quarterbacks go before the Bears pick at 39. But if that’s the case, it’ll make for a nervous first few moments of the draft’s second day.

•   Maybe 3+ quarterbacks going in Round 1 isn’t all that far-fetched of an idea. Doug Kyed (PFF) checks in with league sources and shares a list featuring eight players who could sneak into Round 1. Two of those players are quarterbacks, with North Carolina’s Sam Howell and Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder being candidates to jump ahead of where their current draft projection has them going. And if an edge rusher (Minnesota’s Boye Mafe), linebacker (Georgia’s Quay Walker), or safety (Penn State’s Jaquan Brisker) enter the fray, too, then it would really put the Bears in the driver’s seat in their quest to get a first-round caliber talent at one of their biggest positions of need in Round 2 with the 39th pick.

•   Of course, one thing that could throw a wrench in the Bears’ plans is if players who could be fits along the offensive line end up going off the board surprisingly in the first round. For what it’s worth, OTs Abraham Lucas (Washington State) and Rasheed Walker (Penn State) and WR Christian Watson (North Dakota State) are also getting some late first-round buzz. All three have been sent to Chicago in recent mock drafts, which makes this all worth keeping tabs on as we race to draft weekend.

•   Even still … I won’t fret if my top receiver option isn’t available when the Bears go on the clock. They should have options:

•   What do Devin Hester, Mike Brown, Peanut Tillman, Alshon Jeffery, and Matt Forte have in common? In addition to all being former Chicago Bears, each was a second-round pick who earned Pro Bowl honors during their playing career in Chicago. Over at the Bears’ official site, Larry Mayer runs through the wave of studs the team has chosen in the second round over the years. It’s a nice reminder that there is hella value to be had with two second-round picks in hand.

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•   The latest out of the Washington Commanders camp feels like something out of a movie:

•   Wanna feel old?

•   The new guy is making one heckuva first impression:

•   Clear your schedules! Bulls playoff basketball is BACK:

•   Bruh:

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Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

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