Normal supervisor Ryan Poles, coach Matt Eberflus and their staffs may spend their first draft evening with the Chicago Bears on the sideline.
The Bears don’t have a first-round draft choose Thursday after former normal supervisor Ryan Tempo traded it final yr to maneuver up for quarterback Justin Fields. So except Poles engineers one other commerce, the Bears will spend the evening watching the board unfold and plotting their Day 2 strikes, which embrace two second-round picks and a third-rounder.
Right here’s what you should find out about this yr’s draft.
When and the place is the NFL draft?
Spherical 1 will kick off at 7 p.m. CT Thursday, adopted by Rounds 2-3 at 6 p.m. Friday and Rounds 4-7 at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Las Vegas — initially scheduled to host in 2020 earlier than COVID-19 made the draft a digital expertise — will get the stage this yr. And what a visible present will probably be, with the Strip anchoring the occasions and a red-carpet stage on the Fountains of Bellagio.
The principle stage for the draft is subsequent to Caesars Discussion board and behind the Excessive Curler commentary wheel.
Parts of the Strip will probably be closed to vehicular visitors, which is a giant deal in Vegas — often reserved for New 12 months’s Eve and for town’s marathon.
When do the Bears choose?
Because it stands, the Bears have the next choices:
- 2nd spherical: No. 39
- 2nd spherical: No. 48
- Third spherical: No. 71
- Fifth spherical: No. 148
- Fifth spherical: No. 150
- Sixth spherical: No. 186
How can I watch — or stream — all of the rounds?
The draft will probably be on NFL Community, ABC, ESPN and ESPN Deportes from Thursday-Saturday.
Wealthy Eisen leads the NFL Community group, which additionally contains Daniel Jeremiah, Charles Davis, Ian Rapoport, Melissa Stark and extra.
For the primary two nights on ABC, Rece Davis, Todd McShay, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Sam Ponder, Jesse Palmer, Suzy Kolber, Laura Rutledge and Robert Griffin III will probably be among the many analysts and reporters masking the occasion. Mike Greenberg, Mel Kiper Jr., Louis Riddick, Booger McFarland and Chris Mortensen will lead the ESPN protection. The ESPN broadcast will probably be simulcast on ABC on Saturday.
Kiper, the 61-year-old analyst who has appeared on ESPN’s draft protection yearly since 1984, will probably be working from his Maryland house as a result of he’s not vaccinated. NFL reporter Adam Schefter is not going to cowl the draft as a result of he will probably be attending his son’s school commencement.
What do the mock drafts say in regards to the Bears?
Most analysts agree the Bears are most in want of offensive linemen, extensive receivers and cornerbacks as they enter Poles’ first draft.
In Brad Biggs’ first Tribune mock draft, he steered the Bears may choose Alabama cornerback Josh Jobe and extensive receiver John Metchie III with their second-round choices. Biggs’ second mock draft despatched Tulsa offensive deal with Tyler Smith and Florida cornerback Kaiir Elam to the Bears within the second spherical. Test again for Biggs’ third mock draft this week.
In ESPN’s three-round mock draft, Kiper and McShay had the Bears take Texas A&M guard Kenyon Inexperienced, Elam and Kentucky defensive finish Josh Paschal.
What have the Bears completed with their roster this offseason?
A number of the most notable strikes Poles made in his low-key first few months had been letting go of former Bears gamers. He traded Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers, let Allen Robinson, Akiem Hicks, James Daniels and Bilal Nichols go into free company, and launched Eddie Goldman, Danny Trevathan and Tarik Cohen.
After nixing the Larry Ogunjobi deal due to a failed bodily, Poles’ greatest additions have been middle Lucas Patrick, defensive deal with Justin Jones, defensive finish Al-Quadin Muhammad, extensive receiver Byron Pringle, linebacker Nicholas Morrow and backup quarterback Trevor Siemian. However the GM nonetheless has lots of roster spots to fill.
Examine all of the Bears strikes thus far right here.
What have the Bears completed in the previous few drafts?
This would be the third time in 4 years the Bears haven’t had a first-round choose.
Tempo sacrificed the choose final yr to get Fields at No. 11 and in addition traded as much as choose offensive deal with Teven Jenkins at No. 39. Tempo additionally traded the Bears’ first-round picks in 2019 and 2020 to accumulate Mack.
The Bears’ prime picks in 2020 had been second-rounders Cole Kmet and Jaylon Johnson, in addition to fifth-rounders Darnell Mooney, Trevis Gipson and Kindle Vildor. In 2019, the Bears’ first choose was third-rounder David Montgomery, and the one different participant from that five-person class nonetheless with the Bears is cornerback Duke Shelley.
Earlier than that, inside linebacker Roquan Smith, quarterback Mitch Trubisky, exterior linebacker Leonard Floyd and extensive receiver Kevin White had been Tempo’s first 4 first-round picks. Smith, the No. 8 choose in 2018, is the one a kind of 4 nonetheless with the group.
Any locals projected to be drafted?
There are just a few — however principally in later rounds. Listed below are some key names to observe for. (Projections primarily based on a consensus of seven-round mock drafts by The Athletic, CBSSports.com, ESPN.com, NFL.com and Sporting Information)
- S Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame, 1st spherical
- DT Perrion Winfrey, Oklahoma (Lake Park), 1st-Third
- WR Alec Pierce, Cincinnati (Glenbard West), 2nd-4th
- S Kerby Joseph, Illinois, Third-Fifth
- DT John Ridgeway, Arkansas (Bloomington), Third-Sixth
- RB Kyren Williams, Notre Dame, 4th-Fifth
- WR Kevin Austin, Notre Dame, 4th-Seventh
- QB Jack Coan, Notre Dame, 4th-Seventh
- LB Jack Sanborn, Wisconsin (Lake Zurich), 4th-Seventh
- OT Vederian Lowe, Illinois (Rockford Auburn), Fifth-Seventh
- C Doug Kramer, Illinois (Hinsdale Central), Seventh-FA
- LB Jake Hansen, Illinois, Seventh-FA
- P Blake Hayes, Illinois, Seventh-FA
- DE Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, Notre Dame, Seventh-FA
- OT Andrew Rupcich, Culver-Stockton (McHenry), Seventh-FA
Is the draft again to ‘regular’ now?
COVID-19 disrupted the draft course of the final two years.
In 2020, the NFL and its groups carried out the draft nearly, with normal managers and coaches working from house to make picks. Final yr within the pre-draft course of, the NFL canceled the scouting mix and didn’t permit in-person prospect visits. Groups had been allowed again of their amenities to draft, however there have been some restrictions for groups that didn’t have absolutely vaccinated personnel.
This yr, the method principally has been again to regular. The mix and in-person prospect visits returned, and the NFL dropped its COVID-19 restrictions in March. Barring an outbreak, the Bears ought to be capable of function as common from their draft room at Halas Corridor.
The rest to know?
Listed below are some enjoyable NFL draft details with a Chicago angle:
- Chicago hosted the festivities in 1938, 1942-43, 1951, 1962-64 and 2015-16. Earlier than 2015, the draft had been held in New York. However after Chicago, the draft has traveled to Philadelphia, Dallas, Nashville, Tenn., and Cleveland.
- A College of Chicago halfback was the primary participant chosen in an NFL draft. The Eagles made Jay Berwanger the No. 1 choose on Feb. 8, 1936, throughout the nine-round occasion at Philadelphia’s Ritz-Carlton. Berwanger had received the inaugural Heisman Trophy and the Chicago Tribune Silver Soccer as the perfect participant within the Large Ten when the Maroons had been members of the convention. However he by no means performed a down within the NFL.