Dick Butkus: Did Bears need to trade up for Leonard Floyd?

By Tolly Taylor When Dick Butkus heard his former team had drafted the Dick Butkus Award winner, the Bears great said he liked the pick. Just not trading up to get college football’s best linebacker, Georgia’s Leonard Floyd. “I’m just wondering why they got the inkling he wouldn’t be there just two picks later,” the […]

NFL Draft 2016: By the numbers

By Medill Reports Search all the 2016 NFL draft round 1 and 2 results:           Photo at top: (Erin Barney/Medill)

Cloudy Skies Don’t Dampen Opening Day of NFL Draft Town

By Julia Cardi Temperatures hovered in the 40s and a gray blanket of clouds hid the sun. But the less-than ideal April weather didn’t deter football fans from congregating in Grant Park on Thursday to kick off the first day of the NFL Draft at Draft Town. The open-air festival, dubbed “NFL Disneyland,”attracted fans representing […]

Wide receivers go 21, 22 and 23 at NFL Draft

Laquon Treadwell pick

By Adam Rossow and Chris Hayre For the first time ever in the opening round, three wide receivers were  picked consecutively. The Texans pick Will Fuller from Notre Dame, Washington picks Josh Doctson from TCU and Vikings pick Laquon Treadwell from Ole Miss.

First round NFL Draft prospects strut down the red carpet

By Lena Blietz and EmmaKate Austin After months of anticipation, the 2016 NFL Draft kicked off as the prospects walked the red carpet with some special guests. The players were dressed in their best, but former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott stole the show with his crop top dress shirt. A few select coaches […]

Waiting for Goodell: Fans, not just players, need patience at NFL Draft

By Erin Barney Danielle Fait did a lot of waiting Thursday in Chicago. She waited nearly six hours in the car ride from Cleveland to Chicago, another hour for the hotel to let her check in, then three more hours in a line snaking around Grant Park in downtown Chicago for the 2016 NFL Draft. […]

NFL Draft making an impact on downtown Chicago businesses again

By Alex Valentine Sonia Agueyo sees the difference the NFL Draft is making. The front desk agent at the Travelodge in downtown Chicago said room bookings for Thursday’s first day of the draft are more than double what the hotel would see on its busiest weeknight. “We’ve had more than 120 arrivals, and we’re pretty […]

NFL Draft Update – Tunsil falls, Bears trade up

Auditorium Theatre

By Chris Hayre and Adam Rossow Halfway through the first round of the NFL Draft, some unexpected turns took fans by surprise. The Chicago Bears made a big trade from the eleventh slot up to nine to pick up a big name linebacker from Georgia. The biggest storyline of the night so far involves top […]

NFL Draft: Goff, Wentz go 1-2; Tunsil tumbles to 13

By Jordan Ray Last month, Laremy Tunsil was the Tennessee Titans’ presumptive No. 1 overall draft pick. Two late trades made it no surprise that the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles ended up selecting quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz first and second, respectively, Thursday night. The surprise happened to Tunsil just minutes before […]