NFL Draft: Carson Wentz ‘the best servant-leader I’ve ever been around’

By Tolly Taylor North Dakota State offensive coordinator Tim Polasek directed a unit that averaged 432 yards per game as the school won its fourth straight FCS national championship last year. It helped to have Carson Wentz. The quarterback was limited to seven games because of a broken wrist, but threw for 1,651 yards and […]

As NFL Draft host, Chicago seems lame duck, but is not dead one

By Julia Cardi “Chi-Town is on the clock,” reads the cobalt-blue-and-white signs bearing the NFL’s shield. They are affixed to light poles throughout downtown Chicago advertising the return of the league’s draft Thursday, when 32 teams are normally the ones fighting time — and each other. For the second year in a row, the event […]

Medill Reports Newscast: NFL Draft Edition

By Jasmine M. Ellis With the NFL Draft in town, Chicago expects a huge turn out from fans. Watch our team coverage on what to expect. [vimeo 164485740 w=474] Photo at top: Chicago is ready for the 2016 NFL Draft in Grant Park. (Caroline Kenny/MEDILL)

Could 2016 NFL Draft Produce Next Endorsement Star?

By Alex Valentine The 2016 NFL Draft initially looked devoid of high picks who would be immediate marketing stars. With offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil projected to go first overall and no compelling prospect who attracted mainstream America’s attention in college, buzz was minimal. But with the Los Angeles Rams trading up to No. 1 two weeks ago […]

Northwestern’s Vitale a ‘superback’ suited for many positions in NFL, too

Danny Feature

By Tolly Taylor To work on his route running, Dan Vitale catches passes from Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian. To improve his blocking explosiveness, Vitale uses specific band and barbell exercises. Everything he does is to make him stronger, faster and better at a variety of positions for the NFL. Everything he can do makes […]

NFL Draft: Goff, then Wentz? Wentz, then Goff? That’s for Rams to decide

By Jordan Ray Which will it be? When the Los Angeles Rams are on the clock April 28 at Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre in Chicago for the 2016 NFL Draft, which quarterback’s name will they send in as the No. 1 overall pick? “We know (it will be a quarterback),” ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper […]

AFL vs. NFL: The battle for Jim Grabowski, 50 years later

By Shane Monaghan Nearly 50 years ago, Jim Grabowski found himself in the Green Bay Packers boardroom, sitting directly across from Vince Lombardi, a man he considered “next to God as far as the NFL goes.” “He was direct and straightforward,” Grabowski says of the legendary Packers coach and eventual Super Bowl trophy namesake. “He […]