NFL Combine: Chicago Bears review
NFL Combine: Chicago Bears review
Many players aligned themselves well for the first round of the April 25-27 NFL draft. Of course, that won't help the Bears much, as they don't pick until the third round because of the Khalil Mack trade.
If the NFL Scouting Combine -- which ended Monday in Indianapolis -- is any indication, it's going to be a strong draft, as [there were some outstanding performances by players at every position.](https://www.betchicago.com/nfl-combine-no-1-pick-prop-bets) [Many aligned themselves well for the first round](https://www.betchicago.com/nfl-mock-draft-2019-kyler-murray-no-1-pick-combine) of the April 25-27 draft. Of course, that won't help the Bears much, as they [don't pick until the third round](https://www.betchicago.com/chicago-bears-nfl-combine-draft-free-agency) because of the Khalil Mack trade, and have just five picks total. Chicago sent its first-round pick to Oakland as part of the Mack blockbuster that sparked a 12-win season. Its second-round pick was part of a 2018 draft-day trade with New England that got them wide receiver Anthony Miller, who scored seven touchdowns in his rookie season. Still, the Bears were fully engaged at the combine. You never know what kind of trade possibilities will develop, although it’s unlikely the Bears will make a big move up. [As we previewed last week](https://www.betchicago.com/chicago-bears-nfl-combine-draft-free-agency), there is much going on at the combine that goes beyond the draft. Free agency starts in nine days, so there is a lot of prep work that went on in Indy. Because there were so many good performances, some players the Bears may have been honing in on at No. 87 (their first pick), may have elevated their draft status. Two such players are Maryland safety Darnell Savage, [who ran very well](https://247sports.com/college/maryland/Article/Darnell-Savage-Maryland-Football-NFL-Combine-Results-40-Terps-Derwin-Gray-Byron-Cowart-Draft-Stock-129714170/), Clemson linebacker Tre Lamar and TCU edge rusher L.J. Collier. __MORE:__ [Our first-look mock draft](https://www.betchicago.com/nfl-mock-draft-2019-kyler-murray-no-1-pick-combine) If the Bears are [looking](http://www.sportingnews.com/us/nfl/news/nfl-combine-2019-winners-losers-kyler-murray-critics-defensive-linemen/csnr73i17bkm1gyz9c56j81cc) to take a running back in the mid-rounds, players such as Memphis’ Darrell Henderson, Penn State’s Miles Sanders and Oklahoma State’s Justice Hill all had strong performances in Indy. And it comes as no surprise the Bears [talked](https://bearswire.usatoday.com/2019/03/02/chicago-bears-2019-nfl-combine-kickers-cole-tracy-matt-gay/) to all of the kickers. The position is the team’s biggest need. While the Bears would likely rather have a veteran, [there are some quality kickers in this draft](https://www.betchicago.com/nfl-betting-robbie-gould-bears-kicker), starting with LSU’s Cole Tracy, who is widely considered the best kicking prospect. __ALSO SEE:__ [Nick Foles to Jacksonville causes oddsmakers to move Jags futures](https://www.betchicago.com/nick-foles-jacksonville-oddsmakers-adjust-jags-futures) [As we mentioned in our Bears’ combine preview,](https://www.betchicago.com/chicago-bears-nfl-combine-draft-free-agency) kicking the tires on Pittsburgh receiver Antonio Brown was a worthwhile flier for Chicago, even though Chicago doesn’t have the salary-cap room or draft ammo to be a favorite to land him. Not surprisingly, the Bears are not [among](http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001020956/article/broncos-cards-raiders-have-interest-in-antonio-brown) the teams that have gained momentum on a deal for Brown during the combine. But there were other things they were able to achieve. __Game lobby:__ [Check out our free-to-enter daily contests](https://betchicago.chalkline.com/)2019-03-05T01:52:22.330Z2019-03-04T20:45-05:00