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Bears draft picks 2021: When does Chicago pick? Full list of NFL Draft selections

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Bears draft picks 2021: When does Chicago pick? Full list of NFL Draft selections

Bear down for the 2021 NFL Draft.

An up-and-down 2020 season for Chicago culminated in a playoff spot, but unfortunately for Bears fans, it was another year left wondering what this team has to do to figure out the quarterback position. Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles split snaps in 2020, with neither guy jumping ahead to solidify the starting job.

With head coach Matt Nagy and GM Ryan Pace getting, probably, their last chance together in the 2021 season, the Bears have to either find a passer of the future or find the wins in the immediate to give the coach and front office some more leeway.

The Bears are in a tough spot: With picks not high enough to find that passer, they could find additional help to supplement their offensive attack under Matt Nagy or shore up the offensive line, which could use some long-term upgrades.

Here’s where Chicago is selecting in the 2021 NFL Draft:

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Bears draft picks 2021: When does Chicago pick?

  • Round 1, Pick No. 20
  • Round 2, Pick No. 52
  • Round 3, Pick No. 83
  • Round 5, Pick No. 164
  • Round 6, Pick No. 204
  • Round 6, Pick No. 208
  • Round 6, Pick No. 221
  • Round 6, Pick No. 228

Bears 2021 draft order

Round Pick
1 20
2 20
3 20
5 20
6 20
6 37 (Compensatory Selection)
6 44 (Compensatory Selection)
6 24 (from Seahawks through Dolphins)

Bears NFL Draft needs

  • Quarterback: The quarterback position is GM Ryan Pace’s white whale, but unfortunately, unless Chicago makes a big move up, it’s likely going to be another season of wondering what could have been at the QB position. Chicago is turning to Andy Dalton 
  • Wide receiver: With Allen Robinson playing out the franchise tag — and seemingly unhappy with that fact — the team is going to have to address wideout at some point in the coming years. Anthony Miller is reportedly being shopped, and Andy Dalton is going to need more help after an up-and-down 2020 season with Dallas.
  • Offensive tackle: The Bears don’t have any long-term solutions at tackle past the 2021 season, and injuries played part of that. But both Germain Ifedi and Charles Leno Jr. are up after the 2021 season, meaning the Bears will have to figure out those spots sooner rather than later.

Bears mock draft 2021

Here are the latest 2021 NFL Draft projections for the Bears, according to Vinnie Iyer’s seven-round mock draft:

Round Pick No. Player Position School
1 20 Kadarius Toney WR Florida
2 52 Jackson Carman OT Clemson
3 83 Amari Rodgers WR Clemson
5 164 Reed Blankenship S Middle Tennessee State
6 204 Quintin Morris TE Bowling Green
6 208 Elijah Mitchell RB Louisiana
6 221 Feleipe Franks QB Arkansas
6 228 Quinn Meinerz IOL Wisconsin-Whitewater

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Twitter reacts to Russell Westbrook’s NBA-record 182nd career triple-double

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Russell Westbrook made history Monday night, notching his 182nd career triple-double — and moving past Oscar Robertson for the all-time NBA record.

Robertson’s record lasted 47 years, from 1974 through Monday night when a fourth-quarter rebound in front of a reduced-capacity crowd in Atlanta gave Westbrook sole possession of the record. It took him 12 years to surpass Robertson’s record after he achieved his first triple-double (17 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds) in 2009 as a rookie with the Thunder.

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Monday’s triple-double was Westbrook’s 36th of the year. That insane output is helping him average, for the fourth time in his career, a triple-double over the course of the season. The previous such campaigns came in 2016-17 through 2018-19.

Westbrook finished with 28 points, 21 assists and 13 rebounds in the Wizards’ 125-124 loss to the Hawks; the loss dropped Washington to 32-37 on the season, but the team still ranks 10th in the Eastern Conference standings. The Wizards’ playoff hopes pale in comparison to the history Westbrook made, however.

He even made sure to get the game ball from officials so he could be certain to commemorate the historic achievement.

Here are some of the best reactions to Westbrook’s history-making feat:

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ESPN’s Kenny Mayne, one of the most recognizable talents in sports broadcasting, is leaving the network, he announced on Monday.

The 27-year ESPN anchor broke the news on Twitter, describing his exit from the worldwide leader in sports as a “salary cap casualty.” Naturally, he could only include some of the dry humor that helped him become a beloved presence in the studio and on millions of sports fans’ TVs.

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The longtime “SportsCenter” host’s final day will be on May 24, bringing to an end a 27-year stint at ESPN that began in 1994. His absence will undoubtedly be noted among fans who appreciated his humor and presence in ESPN’s studios — but his Monday announcement is as good a reason as any to remember the incredible cover letter that first landed him the gig in 1994.

Mayne sent a short and sweet cover letter to ESPN’s John Walsh in 1994, offering him three checkboxes in the former’s bid to land a job with ESPN:

Unsurprisingly, Mayne made Walsh smile. Walsh wouldn’t be the last person to smile at Mayne’s humor and creativity.

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The Celtics will have to fight for a playoff spot without one of their most important players.

Boston announced Monday night that All-Star forward Jaylen Brown has suffered a torn scapholunate ligament in his left wrist and will miss the rest of the 2020-21 season. He is expected to undergo surgery later this week.

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The Celtics offered no specific timetable for Brown’s return to the court, but as The Athletic’s Jared Weiss noted, Boston guard Romeo Langford suffered the same injury last year and took about six months to recover. If Brown stays roughly on that timeline, he should be available to rejoin the lineup for the start of the 2021-22 campaign.

Brown dealt with injury and COVID-19 issues throughout the season, but the 24-year-old still managed to earn his first All-Star selection with some of the best individual numbers of his career. He averaged a career-high 24.7 points per game while shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from 3-point range.

Without Brown available, Boston will rely heavily on Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker to produce offensively. The Celtics will also need more from trade deadline acquisition Evan Fournier, who most recently scored 30 points in a loss to the Heat on Sunday — his highest scoring output since joining the team.

Even if other players step up in Brown’s absence, the Celtics, currently the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference standings, are unlikely to make a deep run in the 2021 NBA playoffs. They would face an uphill battle in a potential first-round series against the 76ers, Nets or Bucks, the top three seeds in the Eastern Conference.

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