Taking Swings on Saturday, Grade With an Emoji, and Other Bears Bullets

It’s gonna be May.

•   The 2022 NFL Draft is over, Chicago’s football team has made all its picks, I’ve gotten a full(ish) night of sleep, and the first thing I want to know is:

•   I’m curious to see how the results of this poll shake out. Things would’ve looked different had I asked Friday, I’m sure. The vibes weren’t great after GM Ryan Poles (1) was unable to trade down and add picks like he said he wanted and (2) drafted a pair of defensive backs with top-50 picks in what was a class supposedly loaded with offensive line and wide receiver talent. But when Poles was wheeling-and-dealing his way to picks on Day 3, then using of those selections on offensive linemen, I felt the a shift in the conversation about how things were going.

•   Don’t get me wrong. The Bears didn’t check every box on the needs list with this draft class. But Poles’ ability to turn a weekend that began with Chicago having just picks and ending up with 11 (including eight on the lat day) was impressive. If that’s what the future holds for the Bears, then I’m excited to see future draft classes with 10+ picks. The more swings you take, the better the chances you’ll get a hit. It’s that simple, even if making the picks isn’t that easy.

•   From 2015-2021, Ryan Pace drafted eight offensive lineman. On Saturday afternoon, Ryan Poles drafted four. That puts some things in perspective in terms of organizational philosophy moving forward. But it also does this: When Poles said there was depth in the later rounds when it came to offensive linemen before the draft, it was easy to brush it off as GM-speak because that’s what we’ve grown accustomed to over the years. Instead, Poles ended up acting upon it by drafting four late-round linemen. Is this what transparency is?

•   Poles didn’t draft a bunch of household names when picking big boys in the trenches, but I’m really into the type of offensive linemen he brought into the mix. For example, Ja’Tyre Carter is an intriguing fit and potential project for new OL Coach Chris Morgan to get his hands on. This thread from Jacob Infante does a solid job using clips to explain why we should be into him:

•   Maybe Carter’s best fit moving forward is at guard. But a four-year starter at left tackle, who was dominant at his level of competition, and has an athletic background as a high school basketball standout in Louisiana makes for an intriguing profile. There is a lot to work with here.

•   The other offensive linemen are intriguing fits for a new-look offense, too. Braxton Jones (6-5, 310 pounds, 35-3/8″ arms) has the traditional profile of a starting caliber left tackle. He’ll need to clean up some technique issues and play with some consistency before he makes it to that place. However, his frame plus athletic profile could make him a proficient swing tackle. Zachary Taylor, yet another linemen chosen by the Bears on Saturday, has starting experience at both tackle spots and at guard. We shouldn’t be taking this potential versatility for granted. If Luke Getsy’s offense is to be similar to that of the Packers, then it’s worth pointing out how players like Billy Turner and Lucas Patrick were starters at multiple positions in Green Bay. Clearly, those types of players have added value in this scheme.

•   It’ll be interesting to see how things work out for Doug Kramer. The fourth offensive lineman of the bunch is a center by trade and figures to be one at the NFL level. Can he do enough in rookie minicamps to position himself as someone who can fight for a starting job and move Lucas Patrick off center to right guard? Or does Kramer try to pick up extra reps as a guard at some point down the line to increase his versatility and potential value? There are questions to answer, but I’m glad we’ll have normal offseason training programs to get these players up to speed so they can be firing away when training camp opens this summer.

•   Did you ever play the EA Sports College Football video game? If you did, and you’re reading this, there is a real chance you were like me and into recruiting ATH prospects and putting athletic freaks at key positions and developing them over five years. Anyway, that’s what Miami (Ohio) edge defender Dominique Robinson’s profile feels like to me. The classic ATH with tools, but a need for a toolbox. Perhaps pro coaching can get him to another level. Robinson’s path will be an entertaining one worth watching.

•   It looks like the Bears got themselves a menace with Trestan Ebner, who looks like a handful to bring down when he gets the ball in space:

https://twitter.com/BUFootball/status/1499803107059908608

https://twitter.com/BUFootball/status/1310032153875542020

•   The short game wasn’t a real strength for QB Justin Fields during his rookie season. But if he can make the right tweaks and allow himself to get the ball out quickly into the hands of playmakers, letting them do a bunch of the dirty work (instead of relying on an offensive line loaded with question-marks to hold blocks for an extended period of time) could prove to be beneficial for his development.

•   Some much-needed big-picture perspective:

•   This was different. And cool:

•   The Broncos GM took it to another level when it came to giving his scouts some love and exposure:

https://twitter.com/Broncos/status/1520565162838614026

 

•   Household cleaners, razors, Old Spice, bath bombs – all kinds of stuff you would use in your house – are Deals of the Day at Amazon today, so check that out. #ad

•   Eli talking Bulls buckets:

•   Housecleaning for the UC’s other tenants is underway:

•   The Cubs are trying to avoid being swept out of Milwaukee:

written by

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.

more bears news

Bears to Host Jared Verse on a Top-30 Visit

Momma, there goes that man's name again. Jared Verse is firmly on the Chicago Bears radar. And soon, they'll get to know the Florida State pass rusher more intimately whenever he makes his way to Halas Hall: https://twitter.com/Schultz_Report/status/1778918914983969222 NFL reporter...

What If the Falcons-Vikings Tampering Case Impacts the Bears?

Do you remember that NFL tampering investigation that features the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings? Better yet, are you familiar with the Chicago Bears connection to the ridiculousness? In case you missed it, here is the backstory on that: https://twitter.com/BN_Bears/status/1770183958086512937...

Justin Fields is Working on Ball Placement (Which is Great News for the Bears)

Let me be clear out of the gate. I'm not going to make it a habit to obsessively write up Justin Fields posts this year. Fields is no longer the Chicago Bears quarterback. And with Caleb Williams on his way...

This Mel Kiper NFL Mock Draft Might Be a Sign of Things to Come for the Bears

Mel Kiper Jr. mock drafts tend to be more sourced and less about his own evaluations. It is among the reasons why I follow them obsessively this time of year. And when it comes to the Chicago Bears, Mel has...

Remembering Some Day 3 Gems, NFL Draft Green Room Party Shrinks, and Other Bears Bullets

The good news is that Friday is here. But the bad news is that I've been feeling like I was hit in the head with a frying pan all morning. Let's breeze through this set of Bears Bullets, take some...

Caleb Williams is One of 13 Players Scheduled to be at the NFL Draft

If the Chicago Bears do the obvious thing and take Caleb Williams with the first pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, the USC quarterback will be in attendance for that magic moment. ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter shares the list...

Hmmm: Jared Verse Keeps Popping Up a 2024 Bears Draft Target

Florida State pass rusher Jared Verse is a name I've been seeing pop up in connection with the Chicago Bears a bunch in recent days. And once I realized I was telling myself "hmm ... that is an interesting trend"...

Caleb Williams Dunking on Haters Brings Me Joy

Caleb Williams isn't even the Chicago Bears quarterback yet, and he is already giving off a vibe that I can appreciate. Williams — who, like us — has time on his hands to kill ahead of the 2024 NFL Draft. And the...

Jayden Daniels Has a Meeting With the Minnesota Vikings

Jayden Daniels watch is ON. Unless something wildly unpredictable happens between now and April 25, the Chicago Bears will select USC quarterback Caleb Williams with the first pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. But what happens after that is anyone's...

Great Bears Trades, Watch Out For New Helmets, Patrick, OJ, and Other Bears Bullets

Mercury in retrograde during an eclipse season sure is doing a number on me. Let's just try to make it through this set of Bears Bullets and move on as best we can. The waiting is the hardest part. But...

Latest News

Wild vs. Sharks Prediction: Picks, Live Odds and Moneyline – Saturday, April 13, 2024

The bookmakers really fancy the Minnesota Wild to top the San Jose Sharks in their meeting on Saturday, April 13, with the visiting Wild given moneyline odds of -245, and the Sharks at +200.Wild vs. Sharks Favorite, Moneyline, TotalFavorite: Wild...

Kings vs. Ducks Prediction: Picks, Live Odds and Moneyline – Saturday, April 13, 2024

The Los Angeles Kings are big favorites (-340) at home versus the Anaheim Ducks (+270) on Saturday at 10:30 PM ET.Kings vs. Ducks Favorite, Moneyline, TotalFavorite: Kings (-340)Underdog: Ducks (+270)Total: 5.5Best Kings vs. Ducks Promo Codes[lasso type="table" id="1" link_id="1565208"]How to...

Oilers vs. Canucks Prediction: Picks, Live Odds and Moneyline – Saturday, April 13, 2024

The Edmonton Oilers are -142 on the moneyline against the Vancouver Canucks (+120) on Saturday, with this matchup taking place at Rogers Place in Edmonton.Oilers vs. Canucks Favorite, Moneyline, TotalFavorite: Oilers (-142)Underdog: Canucks (+120)Total: 6.5Best Oilers vs. Canucks Promo Codes[lasso...

How to Watch Dodgers vs. Padres: Live Stream or on TV

On Saturday, Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers (10-5) face Fernando Tatis Jr. and the San Diego Padres (7-8), with first pitch scheduled for 9:10 PM ET at Dodger Stadium.Keep reading to find out how to watch the Los...

Predators vs. Blue Jackets Prediction: Live Odds, Stats, History and Picks – Saturday, April 13, 2024

The Nashville Predators are big favorites (-305) at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets (+245) at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.Predators vs. Blue Jackets Favorite, Moneyline, TotalFavorite: Predators (-305)Underdog: Blue Jackets (+245)Total: 6.5Best Predators vs. Blue Jackets Promo Codes[lasso type="table" id="1"]How...

Cardinals vs. Diamondbacks: Start Time, Streaming Live, TV Channel, How to Watch

The St. Louis Cardinals (6-7), who will give the start to Kyle Gibson, visit the Arizona Diamondbacks (6-7) with Ryne Nelson on the hill, Saturday at 8:10 PM ET.Keep reading to find out how to watch the St. Louis-Arizona matchup...

Astros vs. Rangers: Start Time, Streaming Live, TV Channel, How to Watch

The Houston Astros (4-11), who will give the ball to Ronel Blanco, host the Texas Rangers (8-6) with Andrew Heaney on the mound, Saturday at 4:05 PM ET.The article below will give you everything you need to know to watch...

Nationals vs. Athletics: Start Time, Streaming Live, TV Channel, How to Watch

MacKenzie Gore will take the ball for the Washington Nationals (5-7) when they visit starter Joseph Boyle and the Oakland Athletics (5-8) in a series opener on Saturday, with first pitch at 4:07 PM ET.The article below will provide you...

Cubs vs. Mariners: Start Time, Streaming Live, TV Channel, How to Watch

The Chicago Cubs (7-5), with Shota Imanaga on the hill, visit the Seattle Mariners (5-8) who will counter with Emerson Hancock, at 9:40 PM ET on Saturday in a series opener.Keep reading to find out all the details on how...

Stephen Curry Player Props: Three-Pointer Props and Odds vs. the Pelicans – Friday, April 12, 2024

To beat his 3-point prop, Stephen Curry needs to make five from beyond the arc on Friday, when his Golden State Warriors play the New Orleans Pelicans, tipping off at 10:00 PM ET.Stephen Curry's Three-Pointer Prop Odds vs. the PelicansStephen...

more bears news