NFC North roundup: Bears move up again on Day 2, this time for Oklahoma State OL Teven Jenkins
Chicago jumped to Pick 11 on Day 1, grabbing Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields in the process. This time around, the Bears moved up to grab Oklahoma State offensive lineman Teven Jenkins, a popular mock pick for the team at Pick 20. NFC North roundup: Chicago Bears trade up for Ohio State QB Justin Fields on Day 1 of NFL draftSee below for a look around the NFC North:Chicago BearsRound 2, Pick 39: Oklahoma State OL Teven JenkinsThe Bears remained aggressive on Day 2, moving up to Pick 39 for Oklahoma State offensive lineman Teven Jenkins. So, that’s a potential franchise quarterback on Day 1 in Justin Fields, then a tackle most had mocked in the back half of the first round on Day 2. Green Bay PackersRound 2, Pick 62: Ohio State OL Josh MyersRound 3, Pick 85: Clemson WR Amari RodgersGreen Bay went with Ohio State center Josh Myers at Pick 62, adding some experienced beef to the middle of its offensive line.mlive.com
2021 NFL draft preview: Detroit Lions remain in serious need of some linebackers
This is the seventh of an eight-part series previewing the Detroit Lions’ positional needs and priorities heading into the NFL draft, which is scheduled for Thursday-Saturday. With all that said, the Detroit Lions remain in need of a couple of linebackers. Notre Dame’s Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah has remained a popular trade-down candidate for Detroit, with his versatility and athletic traits standing out. If either of those two names slips into Round 2, then watch out because Collins or Davis would be a home-run scenario. He had 107 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and one interception last season.mlive.com
2021 NFL Draft: 5 linebackers who could make sense for the Detroit Lions
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions are heading into another offseason faced with their fair share of questions regarding the linebacker position. The Lions ranked dead-last in terms of defensive DVOA, a stat used to track a team’s efficiency from Football Outsiders. He measures at 6-foot-1, 216 pounds, which is far from prototypical NFL linebacker size, projecting him in the linebacker/safety hybrid territory. The Penn State linebacker has been a popular pick for Detroit at Pick 7, and also recent mock trade-down scenarios. He’s the top linebacker in the draft, with impressive ability against the run and rushing the passer.mlive.com
Texas A&M runs past North Carolina in Orange Bowl, 41-27
Texas A&M head coach Jumbo Fisher raises his hands during the trophy presentation at the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Texas A&M defeated North Carolina 41-27. 14 North Carolina 41-27 on Saturday night — capping a winless bowl season for the Atlantic Coast Conference. He tied the Tar Heels' career TD passing record of 68 with his three scoring throws, all of which gave North Carolina leads. North Carolina: The Tar Heels gave up 24 points in the fourth quarter, after allowing just 17 points in the first 45 minutes. North Carolina still could finish ranked for only the fourth time in the last 27 seasons.
Texas A&M, North Carolina look forward, await Orange Bowl
13 CFP) in the 87th edition of the Orange Bowl. “I always say this: The Orange Bowl is as good as it gets,” Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said Friday. Thing is, neither of those running backs — Michael Carter and Javonte Williams — chose to play in the Orange Bowl. “That’s 4,000 yards worth of offense and our leading tackler on defense and two captains,” North Carolina coach Mack Brown said. With them gone, it means even more pressure will be on North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell.
Virginia football vs. North Carolina: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. The race for first place in the ACC Coastal division heats up Saturday when Virginia visits North Carolina for the 124th edition of the South's Oldest Rivalry. LINE: North Carolina -2.5"Luckily we're still at the top of the division," Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall told the media. ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA (4-4, 3-2)Freshman quarterback Sam Howell completed only 10-of-26 passes against Duke but he still leads the ACC in passing yards (2,119) and touchdowns (22). Only Minnesota and Wisconsin (127 games) have met more often than Virginia and North Carolina. PREDICTION: North Carolina 24, Virginia 21