DENVER (AP) — at Denver Broncos headquarters lamenting Khalil Mack’s startling trade from the Oakland Raiders to the Chicago Bears.“I mean Kevin White Jersey , honestly, I was shocked,” Miller said. “I always felt like Khalil and Aaron Donald were untradeable guys. J.J. Watt, I thought guys like that were untradeable. Then they traded him. A guy like Khalil, he only comes around once every lifetime. You want to keep guys like that.”The Broncos’ star linebacker said it’s “going to be a little weird” Sunday not seeing his friend, whom he’s trained with the last two summers, when the Raiders (0-1) visit Denver (1-0), where Mack once collected five sacks in a single half.“He’s talented,” Broncos QB Case Keenum said, “but I’m pretty sure they’re going to play 11 guys. They’re not just going to put 10 out there without him.”Raiders new/old coach Jon Gruden said he’s been asked aplenty about the trade that sent shockwaves through the NFL and smiles across locker rooms across the AFC West.“And rightfully so,” Gruden said. “He’s a great guy. He’s a great player. It’s unfortunate we don’t have him. But we feel we did the right thing for this football team, for the future of the Raiders and for this building process.“I know we’ve got to prove it. But so does he.”Mack began doing just that Sunday night at Green Bay , fresh off signing a six-year, $141 million contract, $26.5 million more than Miller got in 2016 in the shadows of his Super Bowl 50 MVP performance.Hours after Miller wrecked Seattle’s game plan by sacking Russell Wilson three times and snaring the ball out of power back Chris Carson’s arms for a forced fumble and fumble recovery, Mack burst into the NFC North conversation with a pick-6 and a strip sack of backup QB DeShone Kizer in which he, too, snatched the ball from his opponent.Whereas Miller’s showing led to a 27-24 Denver victory, Mack’s dominant debut was rendered a footnote when Aaron Rodgers returned from a knee injury at halftime to lead the Packers back from a 20-point deficit for a 24-23 win.One night later, the Raiders lost 33-13 to the Rams, barely touching quarterback Jared Goff just over a week after trading their star pass rusher to the Bears for a package that included two first-round picks. Bruce Irvin had the only sack when Goff held the ball too long.Mack is still on the Raiders’ minds.Quarterback Derek Carr said he misses his friendship more than his play on the field.“We still text, and we still talk all the time, but not seeing him every day is weird http://www.thebearslockerroom.com/authentic-mike-singletary-jersey ,” Carr said. “I think that was the hardest part.”Other subplots as the Broncos seek their sixth straight 2-0 start:KING STINGBroncos punter Marquette King didn’t want to talk about Gruden this week, but he made it clear he had hard feelings over his release from the Raiders this spring.He said he never had a chance to speak with Oakland’s coach before getting jettisoned.“I just saw him on car commercials and stuff,” King said. “I get to see him two times a year.”And that was certainly a factor in King’s decision to come to Denver.“I just wanted to find the best place that I thought I would fit,” King said. “I think there is somewhat of a revenge factor in there, too.”BRYANT BACKBroncos coach Vance Joseph said Martavis Bryant’s re-signing with Oakland only adds to Denver’s already stiff challenge Sunday.“Absolutely. He’s a guy that’s a vertical threat. I faced him in Cincinnati when he was in Pittsburgh for six games. He caught a 98-yard touchdown on my secondary, so I won’t ever forget that,” Joseph said.PRESSURE POINTAfter trading Mack, there were questions about how the Raiders would generate a pass rush. The results weren’t good in the opener as Oakland had one sack and four quarterback pressures against the Rams.The Raiders had more pressures in every game last year with Mack leading the defense.Gruden said playing better defense on first and second down will give Bruce Irvin and Arden Key more chances to get to the QB on third down.“You have to get them on third-and-long when you can cut loose your blitzes and some of your great rushers,” he said.HOUSE OF HORRORSGruden has had little success in Denver in his career, losing all five trips to the Mile High City. Gruden lost every year with Oakland from 1998-2001, and again with Tampa Bay in his final year as a coach there in 2008.In all, Gruden’s teams are 1-9 against the Broncos, with the one win coming in Oakland in 2001. The Raiders won 38-28 on Nov. 5, 2001, behind three TD passes by Rich Gannon.He has fond memories of that lone victory over Denver.“That was the greatest win of my career as the Raiders coach, beating the Broncos,” Gruden said, “because I knew how far we’d come in just a few years.” We shift the focus of our offseason Chicago Bears’ roundtable topics to the NFL Draft for these next two questions." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteWindy City GridironWindy City Gridiron - Being who you thought we were since 2005!Log In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsBearsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsThe Bears DenNotesXs and OsSuperfansFiled under:From The Desk Of...Roster AnalysisChicago Bears Draft 2019Who is the one player you want the Bears to draft?New,50commentsWe shift the focus of our offseason Chicago Bears’ roundtable topics to the NFL Draft for these next two questions. CDTShareTweetShareShareWho is the one player you want the Bears to draft?Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY SportsWe’re just two weeks away from the start of the 2019 NFL Draft and if you ask me, the buzz is starting to pick up from Chicago Bears’ fans. While the Bears aren’t scheduled to pick on Thursday, April 25, in the first round, they will finally get on the clock for their third round pick on Friday Womens Dick Butkus Jersey , April 26. That is unless general manager Ryan Pace moves up the board as he’s done in years past. For today’s roundtable topic, we want to know which player you hope the Bears draft this year. And we’re talking a realistic shot at drafting, so no assumptions that Pace will move up for Nick Bosa or Josh Jacobs. The Bears aren’t picking until the third round, but there are plenty of mid to late round players on the current roster that we can point to when hoping for a good player. So, who will be the next Eddie Jackson (4th round), Tarik Cohen (4th), Bilal Nichols (5th), Jordan Howard (5th), Adrian Amos (5th) or Charles Leno Jr. (7th)?Is there a collegiate player you’ve been watching for a while that you just know will be an impact player for the Bears? Who’s your guy?Josh Sunderbruch - Safety Amani Hooker from Iowa is a safety-backer hybrid with good instincts. There’s a good chance that he’ll fall to where the Bears can get him because he lacks the top-end speed and athleticism, but he can contribute on special teams, he has good awareness, and he has the flexibility for modern NFL defenses. Jacob Infante - It seems to be becoming more unrealistic by the day, but Penn State running back Miles Sanders is a perfect fit for the Bears’ offense and is a top-3 back in this year’s class. He is a back with strength in his frame and good contact balance, but he’s also a nimble runner with very good lateral quickness and acceleration. He has soft hands and is a fluid mover after the catch as a receiver, and he has flashed patience and good ball-carrier vision as a runner. He is my top choice for Chicago in Round 3, but I don’t think he’ll be available. Outside of Sanders, I agree with Josh that Iowa safety Amani Hooker would be a slam-dunk selection. He’s the most instinctive safety I’ve watched in this year’s class: he knows exactly when to jump routes and how to read the eyes of the quarterback. He’s a reliable tackler who can line up as a double-high safety, a cornerback, and as a linebacker hybrid in the box, and he tested much better athletically than I expected. Hooker would be a perfect replacement down the line for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.Erik Christopher Duerrwaechter - Really, it comes down to whomever is the best RB on the board when the Bears are finally on the clock. Miles Sanders is my unquestionable favorite running back in this year’s draft class. However, it’s likely he’s selected by the 2nd round at the latest. Unless the Bears can trade up to land his talents -- which could happen with Ryan Pace’s draft history -- I don’s see this happening. With that in mind, I have a tie between Mike Weber from Ohio State and Wes Hills from Slippery Rock. In Weber William Perry Jersey , you have a smaller back who runs downhill like a legit hate-machine with the explosiveness Matt Nagy seeks at the position. Plus, he’s a natural receiver out in the backfield, and he’d be the featured back who’s currently missing in the Bears’ offense. In Hills, where he’s not as explosive as Weber, he’s much more powerful and uses his size to his fullest potential in moving the pile. Hills is a more explosive version of Howard who was also productive as a receiver. Bruce Anderson would be a good consolation prize as well. His violence in the ground game would be a welcomed addition to this dynamic Bears offense. Robert Zeglinski - Many are understandably going to focus on running back, but I wouldn’t be too worried about filling in the most replaceable offensive skill position. Running backs do matter, contrary to what the social media hive mind will say, but they only matter a little. No, instead, I think the Bears should attack cornerback with the No. 87 overall pick. At the moment they have 2018 First-Team All-Pro Kyle Fuller, Prince Amukamara on the wrong side of 30 come this June, and no one else reliable on the boundary. Should anything happen to Fuller or Amukamara (the latter of which hasn’t played a 16-game season since 2013) the Bears sit in a dangerous spot with their secondary. Depth at cornerback is like depth at pass rusher or on the offensive line: You can never have enough. Good teams, contending teams have a ready-made arsenal of players they can rely on on the outside. The Bears were fortunate to not be ravaged at cornerback last year, something not likened to continue based on regression. I wasn’t particularly impressed with Kevin Toliver’s rookie season and wouldn’t put too much stock in him as a viable long-term option. There’s a reason he went undrafted out of LSU beyond obvious natural talent. Someone who I think will be available by the time the Bears pick in the third round is Justin Layne. The 6-foot-2, 192 pound product out of Michigan State needs at least a year of polish to become a good starter at the NFL level, but would profile well as the Bears’ No. 3 cornerback. Then, by the time Amukamara’s Bears tenure ends after the 2019 season (he has little guaranteed money come 2020), Layne can readily step in opposite Fuller. There are two traits cornerbacks need to survive as professionals: Ball skills and tackling. Ball skills in the form of finding the ball in the air and making a play on it, not necessarily getting an interception. Tackling in the form of being willing in run support and having the physicality to match it. Where Layne’s run support could use refinement, he’s serviceable there. His ball skills as a player who stays composed when attacked to go with fluid hips need no further elaboration. Layne’s the ideal cornerback for the Bears to have in the developmental pipeline for depth in 2019 and a starting flourish in 2020. EJ Snyder - The way Pace has assembled the Bears roster this draft can absolutely be about 2020. If a talented player falls, even if is he is not ready to contribute this year, Pace can grab him and set Chicago up for the long term. I agree with Robert that CB is greater need than many acknowledge, but it’s a tough year to need a corner. If there’s a even a small run in the early rounds http://www.thebearslockerroom.com/authentic-mike-ditka-jersey , teams will overdraft players to fill a need. That’s not ideal and Pace can avoid the trap. The other needs on D are an additional rotational EDGE or a safety. Darnell Savage would be my ideal at safety, but he’s boosted his stock to the point the Bears would have to trade up to touch him. That leaves EDGE as a greater positional value. A player like Christian Miller from Alabama might be the ideal intersection of the Bears needs on D and draft value. If the Bears focus on the offense a running back is almost certainly the early choice. My vote would be for Darrell Henderson or Trayveon Williams. Both are exceptionally talented with Henderson being a homerun artist while Williams mixes his explosion with a balanced palate of skills.Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. - For my pick, I’m going in a different direction than my colleagues and I’m going all the way down to the seventh round. With no top picks for the Bears I’m looking for an athletic player that needs to be coached up to reach his full potential. Can you imagine if the coaching staff can unlock the football player inside a 6’5”, 248 pound outside linebacker (EDGE) that ran a 4.5 forty (2nd best at the Combine at his position), with 25 reps on the bench (4th best), a 36.5’ vertical (5th best), a 9’11” broad jump (7th), a 7.06 3-cone (8th), a 4.40 20-yard shuttle (8th), and an 11.94 60-yard shuttle (3rd)?Make no mistake about it, Oregon’s Justin Hollins is a project, but as a 7th round pick he’ll be able to give you something on special teams while honing his skills as a pass rusher. Working in an NFL strength and conditioning program will benefit him too. And it wasn’t like he didn’t have production in college. His last two seasons playing outside linebacker he racked up 25.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 2 interceptions, 6 passes defended, and 7 forced fumbles. We see plenty of projects drafted on day three, but give me one with 4.5 speed and we’ll see if the coaches can get his switch to go on. EDIT: Most of the stuff I’ve read about Hollins has him going in the 6th at the absolute earliest, with some having him in the UDFA range, but EJ tells me that he has him much higher on his big board and he’d be fine with the Bears taking him in the 5th round. I defer to EJ’s draft knowledge on this one, so if the Bears can get him earlier I’m good with it!
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