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The Case for Wide Receiver at Nine

The Case for Wide Receiver at Nine

We make the case for WR, OL and DL in this quick pre-draft miniseries.

The NFL Draft is a few days away.

For Chicago Bears fans, the top pick in the draft is long settled. Caleb Williams will be a Bear. But the decision at nine has plenty of differing opinions.

Ryan Poles is a trench guy, and he certainly will have strong offensive and defensive line options with the ninth pick. But we know the popular choice amongst Bears fans is to go for a wide receiver.

Here is a quick series discussing and making the case for Ryan...

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2024 NFL Draft: Who is the one prospect you hope the Bears select? 

2024 NFL Draft: Who is the one prospect you hope the Bears select? 

A few of our team gave their thoughts on an NFL Draft roundtable.

It's Draft Week!

The Chicago Bears will be on the clock in three days, so we asked a few of our team to share their answers to a set of roundtable questions.

Since the first name we'll hear is obviously USC quarterback Caleb Williams, he wasn't an option for this first topic.

Who is the one prospect you hope the Bears can come away with during the draft?

I added another caveat by letting them know that they didn't need to give their answer with the...

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Brugler: Caleb Williams would have been first overall pick last three years

Brugler: Caleb Williams would have been first overall pick last three years

Dane Brugler joined the Bears Banter Podcast!

The latest Bears Banter Podcast has dropped!

It’s draft week and we are going to get you set with one of the best in the business, The Athletic’s Dane Brugler!

Make sure you subscribe to The Athletic to gain access to Brugler’s comprehensive draft guide, The Beast. It’s the best guide in the business, and he has in-depth profiles on every prospect, including UDFAs!

Dane discussed several topics on the podcast, we discussed all the scenarios at 9 for the Chicago Bears, if they trade back, some wide receiver options in round two...

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2024 NFL Draft Big Board: Zimmerman’s Top 100

2024 NFL Draft Big Board: Zimmerman’s Top 100

After weeks of evaluations, here are Bill’s top 100 prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft, led by Caleb Williams!

Analyzing and covering the NFL Draft is an exhaustive process. It’s a challenge to watch the tape and understand exactly what pops off the film and translates from college to the pros.

Years ago, I did very little research ahead of the NFL Draft. I’d wait and see who the Bears selected and studied the tape then. Over the last few years, I’ve tried to watch all the projected top 50 to top 75 prospects to have a good idea of...

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The Bear’s Den, April 22, 2024

The Bear’s Den, April 22, 2024

It’s Draft Week! It’s Draft Week!

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Making Monsters: Florida State players the Bears could draft at 9 and beyond

Making Monsters: Florida State players the Bears could draft at 9 and beyond

Taylor Doll talks with the voice of Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Roger Hoover, about the top Alabama draft prospects.

On her latest Making Monsters, Taylor Doll chats with Tony Wiggins, host of the Locked On Jags podcast, who also covers the Florida State Seminoles. They discuss defensive end Jared Verse, wideout Keon Coleman, and some other potential Seminoles from the 2024 draft that the Chicago Bears could select.

Verse is an edge with many attributes the Bears like, and Wiggins explained that he’s good against the run and can move around the line to rush the passer from different angles....

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2024 NFL Draft interview: South Carolina WR Xavier Legette

2024 NFL Draft interview: South Carolina WR Xavier Legette

WCG’s lead draft analyst speaks with South Carolina’s All-SEC standout receiver.

Few players in college football did more to boost their stock in 2023 than South Carolina wide receiver Xavier Legette.

Legette had been highly touted within the Gamecocks organization leading up to this last season; he just needed the opportunity. He got exactly that when he became the team’s No. 1 wide receiver, and he took that chance and ran with it. He exploded for 71 receptions, 1,255 yards and 7 touchdowns, earning himself a second-team All-SEC nomination.

After one of the best seasons for a wide receiver in...

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Vote for your favorite WCG 2024 Chicago Bears Mock Draft!

Vote for your favorite WCG 2024 Chicago Bears Mock Draft!

The finalists are set in the fifth annual WCG Member Mock Drfat Contest!

We published the first round of our fifth annual WCG Member Chicago Bears Mock Draft contest on Friday, and we had several quality mocks.

WCG Member Tony Cliffton was the champion in 2020, Scottnetz was best in 2021, PeanutPunch83 was the champ in 2022, and last year x160630 took home the crown.

Who will be next in line with these Mock GM superstars?

Before we reveal the finalists, I want to thank everyone for participating and commenting on the discussion. You guys continue to make WCG the...

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2024 NFL Draft interview: Notre Dame OT Blake Fisher

2024 NFL Draft interview: Notre Dame OT Blake Fisher

WCG’s lead draft analyst speaks with Notre Dame’s star right tackle.

Notre Dame has a penchant for developing high-level offensive linemen, and right tackle Blake Fisher figures to be one of the next ones up.

Fisher was a two-year starter at right tackle for the Fighting Irish, and he started as a left tackle to kick off 2021, making him a rare true freshman Week 1 starter for one of the top programs in college football. An athletic, high-tools prospect with mounds of potential at the next level, he’s now entering the 2024 NFL Draft and stands our as a...

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Mocking the Mocks: Dan Brugler’s Full Chicago Bears Draft

Mocking the Mocks: Dan Brugler’s Full Chicago Bears Draft

The Athletic’s Dan Brugler had an interesting mock draft for the Chicago Bears.

Before we get into Dane Brugler’s latest mock draft for The Athletic, I want to let everyone know that on Monday morning, Bill Zimerman’s Bears Banter will feature Dane Brugler and all his thoughts about the Chicago Bears.

Bill’s full show is scheduled to publish on our 2nd City Gridiron podcast channel at 5:30 tomorrow morning, and the interview segment with Brugler will drop on our YouTube channel Monday at 8 a.m. However, if you are subscribed to us on YouTube, that interview is available now.

And...

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Where to Draft a Running Back

Where to Draft a Running Back

Is finding a running back easier or just cheaper?

What would it take for you to trade Khalil Herbert before the 2024 NFL Draft?

That’s the question that drove me to dive into decades of draft data to try and better understand what is happening to the running back landscape. The narratives around positional value, success stories from late picks, injury risks, and the shift from the running to the passing game might lead you to believe that teams can find running backs anywhere.

My first thought was that there may just be fewer running backs drafted and when they...

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A Scout’s Take: Trading down from 9 is the best thing for the Bears

A Scout’s Take: Trading down from 9 is the best thing for the Bears

Greg Gabriel believes that trading down from nine is probably the best option for the Chicago Bears.

With the 2024 NFL Draft just five days away, it's a foregone conclusion that the Chicago Bears will select USC quarterback Caleb Williams as the first overall pick. However, many Bears fans wonder what the Bears will do about 90 minutes later with the number nine selection.

If we polled Bears' fans, the overwhelming favorite would be Washington wide receiver Rome Odunze, as he would give Williams another weapon to throw to. The problem is NFL front offices seldom think like fans, so...

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