The 2017 NFL Draft is less than two days away! The time for rumors, speculations, predictions and mocks will finally, and mercifully, be over. We’ve brought you guys every bit of news and rumors we could in the months leading up to the draft, and we promise you guys that Windy City Gridiron is the only place you’ll want to be on Thursday, Friday and Saturday for the draft.
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Then immediately after the draft and in the following weeks, we’ll have all the analysis you need as we figure out how the new players will fit in with the team and talk with the SB Nation college sites to get the real deal on Chicago’s brand new players.
But, we’re getting a bit ahead of ourselves, we still have some more rumors, speculations, predictions and mocks to come and we’ll jump right into the latest from ESPN’s Todd McShay. He’s been frantically working his NFL sources and here’s the latest on the Bears.
The Bears have five picks in the first four rounds, but they wouldn't mind adding a few more to the pile. If they're unable to find a trade partner, I keep hearing (LSU safety Jamal) Adams' and (Stanford edge) Solomon Thomas' names come up in connection with Chicago. For a while I thought Alabama DL Jonathan Allen was in play -- and he could still be -- but I'm not hearing as much buzz about that anymore.
Everyone is speculating whether Allen could fall over concerns surrounding his shoulder. I've gotten mixed opinions throughout the league on his medical prognosis.
Allen is supremely talented, but the injury factor should be enough to take him out of play for the Bears at three.
In regards to Adams possibly going to the 49ers at 2 overall...
Adams would make a ton of sense. He's probably the cleanest player in this entire draft, both on and off the field. It's not hard to imagine former safety John Lynch using his first pick as San Francisco's GM on Adams, considering it's a position of need.
A lot of Bears’ fans are hoping they can get a quarterback in the first round and McShay’s sources have the 1st round QBs like this.
How many QBs will go in Round 1? My guess is three, based on talking to folks in the league: North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky, Clemson's Deshaun Watson and Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes. The one name I keep hearing a bunch is Cal's Davis Webb. Some people like him a lot more than I do. I'm not sure that means he'll go in Round 1, but he's a name to keep an eye on.
If true, this means the Bears could pass on a QB at 3, then have a shot at Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer early in the 2nd round.
Here’s McShay’s specific stuff on Clemson’s Deshaun Watson.
One interesting nugget I've picked up on when talking to teams about quarterbacks: Those that don't need a passer prefer Watson. They cite his intangibles and the ability to raise his play in the biggest moments. Trubisky and Mahomes seem to be of more interest among teams that actually need a QB. I'm having a hard time narrowing down exactly where Watson will go.
That doesn’t help us out at all...
Earlier today, Robert asked you guys to think about the possibility that Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett would fall to the Bears at three, so...
Are the Browns really waffling on taking Myles Garrett No. 1 overall? One person in the league told me you can bet as much as you want on Cleveland taking the Texas A&M pass-rusher. The biggest question facing the Browns: Do they sit patiently at pick No. 12 or try to move up for a quarterback? Everything I've pieced together is that they like Trubisky the best among the quarterbacks. There's some thought that Cleveland might have to trade ahead of the Jets at No. 6 if they really want the North Carolina QB.
As usual, there will be a lot of drama at the top of the draft.
SB Nation ran through a bunch of McShay’s other rumors and you can find those right here.
SB Nation is also tracking the Bears’ mock drafts and you can see how they all have them drafting right here.