Superman, Denzel Washington and Michael Jackson rule the NFL Draft red carpet


By Tolly Taylor and Hannah Gebresilassie Current players were joined by Hall of Famers, turning out in the unseasonably cold weather for diehard fans at the 2016 NFL Draft red carpet. Stars such as Ronde Barber, Brandon Carr and Ryan Kerrigan talked to Medill Reports about their favorite superheroes, musicians and actors. [vimeo=164798118 w=474]

NFL Draft: Tide turns for Alabama trio on Day 2

By Jordan Ray Defensive standouts Reggie Ragland, A’Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed were on the field when Alabama won its 16th national title in January. All three were in the Green Room on Thursday night at Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. All three were waiting to be drafted by the NFL in the first […]

Notre Dame finds success in NFL Draft — and from Draft Town

By Alex Valentine Jeremy and Brittany Kitchen thumbed through “Play Like A Champion Today” shirts Friday, trying to find Jeremy’s size. When that failed, they diverted their attention to drink holders adorned with the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot. The couple, in town from Fort Worth, Texas, for the NFL Draft, was surprised […]

What does it take to be an NFL Draft prospect?

By EmmaKate Austin One of the highlights of Draft Town this year is the opportunity for fans to show off their skills in NFL combine drills. EmmaKate Austin of Medill Reports put her talents to the test in the 40-yard dash and the vertical jump. [vimeo 164793045 w=474]

NFL Draft Day 2: Bears 3rd round pick

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By Chris Hayre and Adam Rossow The Chicago Bears have made their third and final pick of the evening. With the No. 72 pick overall, the Bears selected a Jonathan Bullard, a defensive lineman from Florida. [vimeo 164792463 w=474]

In NFL Draft Town, the Cheeseheads stand alone … or at least act that way

By Erin Barney Living in Chicago as Packers fans conditioned the Banaszak family to defend itself. “We grew up riding past Soldier Field and giving the finger as a salute,” said Dave Banaszak, 27, the youngest of three siblings. “I trained my kids good,” said Larry Banaszak, 58, the family patriarch. But all fingers remained […]

NFL stars signing autographs draw crowds at Day 2 of Draft Town

By Julia Cardi The much-hyped first round of the NFL draft may have ended the night before, but football fans still gathered in droves at Draft Town in Grant Park on Friday for their fill of mock combine drills, player autographs, and Chicago cuisine. Surprisingly, the Windsor Ice Cream Shoppe saw plenty of business despite […]

NFL Draft Day 2: Bears trade down for Whitehair

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By Chris Hayre and Adam Rossow After two separate second round trades, the Chicago Bears finally picked up their second player of the 2016 NFL Draft. With pick No. 56 overall, the Bears selected guard Cody Whitehair of Kansas State. The Bears were originally slated to pick at No. 41 overall. Then the trades started […]

Treadwell excited to join the Vikings after emotional NFL draft week

By Adam Rossow Laquon Treadwell waited until pick No. 23 to hear his name called in the 2016 NFL Draft. The opening night delay didn’t bother Treadwell, who was excited to finally be selected after a hectic and emotional week in his hometown. The former suburban Chicago prep football star was taken by Minnesota, where […]