If you think an NFL decision maker is going to reveal his plans in a pre-draft press conference, you’re sorely mistaken. At best, you’ll get some hints as to who his team is targeting. These are the most valuable of football trade secrets.
Bears general manager Ryan Pace has garnered a reputation for being a CIA black ops operative of sorts when it comes to his own plans. With the 2018 NFL Draft a day away, he discussed how many guys Chicago is actually considering at No. 8 overall in a “draft cloud.” Philosophies and ideas may have changed, but the meticulous amount of homework Pace and the Bears have done to be prepared for Thursday night in Arlington, Texas has not.
With the draft mercifully almost here, Aaron Leming of The Bear Report hopped on the last pre-draft WCG Radio to comprehensively preview the Bears’ scope going in. We tried to figure which prospects are actually in that mentioned cloud and what they offer, called our shot for Chicago’s pick, and responsibly dove into prop bets on general draft storylines. Christmas morning for the NFL is quite the wakeup.
On this episode of WCG Radio
Aaron Leming of The Bear Report previews the 2018 NFL Draft, Bears’ situation, and overall storylines.
- Pace discussed having a draft cloud for Chicago: deciphering which prospects are in it
- Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey (Mitchell Trubisky support)
- Minkah Fitzpatrick and Derwin James (Secondary playmakers)
- Roquan Smith and Tremaine Edmunds (“Pepsi Challenge”)
- Marcus Davenport and Denzel Ward (Pass defense freaks)
- Does Harold Landry or Saquon Barkley fit?
- Could Pace’s strategy for the Bears in the first round change this year?
- The guys make their pick for the Bears’ most likely trade, and selection if they stay at their slot
- General NFL Draft prop bets from mom hugs to Odell Beckham Jr.
- Draft sleepers and undrafted free agents in the Twitter mailbag
Robert Zeglinski is the Bears beat writer for The Rock River Times, an editor for Windy City Gridiron and Inside The Pylon, and is a contributor to Pro Football Weekly and The Athletic Chicago. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski.