NFL Draft

Big Ten Media Days continues with Urban Meyer and Lovie Smith

By Nick Mantas
Medill Reports

Day 2 of Big Ten Media Days featured coaches with different realistic goals. Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer is searching for another national title while Illinois Head Coach Lovie Smith is looking to win a single game in the Big Ten conference this year.

Our reporters weighed on on both coaches and how one team is looking to heal after a death in the off season.


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Big Ten Media Days kicks off with Fitzgerald, Harbuagh & more

By Nick Mantas
Medill Reports

Big Ten conference head football coaches stepped up to the microphone to face the media and talk about their upcoming seasons. The Medill Reports sports team was at the 2018 Big Ten Media Days as well.


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Northwestern’s Anthony Walker Jr. becomes top NFL prospect

By Alexis Wainwright

After a remarkable season with Northwestern University, Anthony Walker Jr. was invited to the 2017 NFL Combine. After seven weeks of intense training, Walker Jr. performed in the 2017 NFL Combine last weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana. Walker ran a 4.65 in the 40 yard dash. He also finished tied for fifth with 23 reps on bench press, a broad jump of 116 inches and posted a 30.5 vertical jump.

The 2017 Draft is April 27th-29th at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, PA. Walker Jr. is projected for the 2nd to 4th round in the draft.

Photo at top: Anthony Walker Jr. prepares for the NFL draft in a training session. (Alexis Wainwright/MEDILL)

On The Clock: Medill’s 2016 NFL Draft Podcast Examines the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

In Part II of our post-draft podcast, Jordan, Tolly and Peter give their evaluations for several teams throughout the NFL. Tolly gives high marks to Washington, Jordan bemoans the Texans not selecting a certain receiver, and Peter hands out low marks to the Atlanta Falcons.

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Medill 2016 Draftcast

A Medill Sports Production

The Medill 2016 Draftcast is a 30-minute show that takes viewers through the three-day 2016 NFL Draft that was held in downtown Chicago on April 28-30, 2016.

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Vikings’ Laquon Treadwell makes new friends, learns to play checkers on draft day

By Hannah Gebresilassie

From visiting patients in the a.m. to getting drafted in the p.m., Laquon Treadwell had an “emotional rollercoaster” on draft day.

Treadwell spent the morning visiting patients at Shriners Hospital for Children – Chicago on April 28. There he made two new friends, 8-year-old Sheila Bourke and 10-year-old Katie Kuehn, who taught him how to play checkers.

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NFL Draft 2016: The memories in pictures

By Hannah Gebresilassie and Aishwarya Kumar Lakshminarayanapuram

The 2016 NFL Draft came to an end, but the memories are still fresh. From Ezekiel Elliott’s selfie with Commissioner Roger Goodell to the first European player to be drafted in the NFL straight from the European league, the three-day event had it all. Here are some pictures which will be etched in our memories.

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Oakland fans at NFL Draft learn Raiders’ selection: Las Vegas

By Alex Valentine

Oakland Raiders fans in Chicago for the NFL Draft had more to ponder than whether safety Karl Joseph was the right first-round pick.

They learned the team wants to relocate to Las Vegas.

“I don’t want them to move,” Juan Romero, a Raiders fan from Chicago, said Saturday on the final day of the draft. “They have so much history in California, especially in Oakland. Oakland is their culture, and it’s where they belong.”

On Thursday, the same day the draft started, Raiders owner Mark Davis proposed to the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee a $1.4 billion stadium, with the Raiders contributing $500 million (including a $200 million loan from the NFL) and Sands Corp. reportedly paying another $150 million.

“I think it’s going to be a great marriage,” Davis told the committee.

Al Davis, Mark’s father and franchise patriarch, famously bolted from the Bay Area for Los Angeles in 1982, only to return the team to Oakland 13 years later.
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NFL Draft Day 3: Wildcats find their new homes 📹

A Medill Sports Production

Day 3 of the NFL Draft brought plenty of rain, but also plenty of picks. The final four rounds were held in Selection Square, located in NFL Draft Town in Grant Park. There, crowds braved the elements to hear more names called and see teams welcome their new additions.

Two former Northwestern players were picked up today. Defensive end Dean Lowry heard his name called by the Green Bay Packers in round four, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers welcomed fullback Danny Vitale  in round six.

The Chicago Bears picked up five new players today, after General Manager Ryan Pace made some early round trades to amass several strategic picks.

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Chicago says goodbye to NFL Draft until (insert best guess here)

By Julia Cardi

Lisa Nelson loves Chicago, and she loves football. So when the NFL Draft came to the city starting in 2015, the La Grange resident and lifelong Green Bay Packers fan was thrilled. Nelson and her family have enjoyed attending Draft Town with her family to meet former and current players, spend time around other football fans, and watch the final rounds these last two years.

She can’t understand why the NFL will probably move the event in 2017, saying Chicago has done so well as host.

“I was hoping this was going to be its home,” she said as she waited to watch her children run the 40-yard dash. “It’s a good, central location, and people are passionate about sports here.” Continue reading