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)

South suburban standout ready to make history at NFL Draft

By Adam Rossow On Thursday night at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, 31 college players will join an elite football fraternity: first-round NFL draft picks. One player that’s expected to be taken in the opening round is former Ole Miss wide receiver and Chicago-area prep standout Laquon Treadwell. Treadwell made the varsity as a freshman […]

The makings of an expanded NFL Draft Town are under way at Grant Park

By Adam Rossow The NFL Draft is coming to Chicago for the second straight year. Along with the seven rounds of selections, Draft Town in Grant Park is back with a bigger footprint, new layout, and more amenities, to better accommodate football fans attending the three-day event. The behind-the-scenes preparation — even more extensive than […]

Former Northwestern standout talks NFL Draft, working hard and giving back

By Adam Rossow It’s been a hectic few months for Dan Vitale. After finishing his final season at Northwestern, the 240-pounder played in the Senior Bowl in January, impressed NFL scouts with his physical attributes at the NFL Scouting Combine in February and illustrated his versatility during the Wildcats’ pro day in March. His on-field […]

Danny Vitale shows NFL scouts tight end potential at Northwestern pro day


By Tolly Taylor Danny Vitale shot out of his break, spinning his head around to track the football. He tapped his toes just before the sideline and lunged his arms out, reaching for another fingertip grab. Too far. That one got away from him. He shook his head as he got back in line with […]

Northwestern’s “superback” turns in super performance at the NFL Combine

Danny Vitale

By Tolly Taylor INDIANAPOLIS — The day before he recorded the fastest 40-yard dash of any fullback in five years, Danny Vitale walked into the NFL Scouting Combine media center for interviews. Eight or nine reporters gathered around, crowding close to him, shoving recorders in his face. They wanted to know if he thought the […]