Garrett has upcoming visits scheduled with the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears, who hold the draft’s second and third picks, respectively, per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. The Browns and Garrett have been linked as a likely pairing with the No. 1 pick, which five NFL.com analysts project in their most recent mock drafts.
49ers general manager John Lynch was at Texas A&M on Thursday for the Aggies’ pro day workout, where Garrett was again a head-turner. Lynch said he was impressed with Garrett’s performance, per Wilson, and described him as a “special athlete” who “checks a lot of boxes.”
Alabama LB Reuben Foster dined with members of the Bears staff on Sunday night and is visiting the club on Monday, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The Bears hold the No. 3 overall selection in the draft.
Foster is the top-ranked linebacker on NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah’s Top 50 list, at No. 8 overall, although an NFC pro personnel director believes Temple’s Haason Reddick could potentially be selected ahead of Foster.
“I have a book,” Howard said. “It has every team and wholesale nba jerseys and every coach on the staff and every personnel guy — everyone in the whole organization is in that book. So you just look up the team, go up and down and you can kind of learn it that way.”
The on-campus workout with the Carolina Panthers will be a little easier. Howard can just display what he does best. While this is his first private workout with a team, Howard said he expects to go through plenty of in-line blocking drills. In previous entries, Howard has discussed his love of blocking and it’s one of the main reasons he has been a mock draft darling this time of year.
The Bears will host Allen on March 20, Allen told the Alabama Media Group, while his visit to the Jaguars will come in early April. The Bears hold the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL draft, and the Jaguars own the No. 4 selection, and that’s certainly within the range of draft possibilities for one of the NFL draft’s elite defensive line prospects. Allen has been projected to be the Bears’ selection in the latest mock draft by NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah, and no lower than No. 8 overall in any of five NFL.com mock drafts.
Allen will be a popular choice for one of 30 allotted pre-draft visits afforded to each team. He made 10.5 sacks among 16 tackles for loss as a versatile and dominant presence on the Crimson Tide’s defensive line as a senior in 2016, paving the way for four national awards: the Lombardi, Nagurski, Bednarik and Hendricks.
While we thought we’d see Hoyer remain the starter until the end of the season, the Bears will continue to do the same hollow song and dance with Cutler that they’ve been doing for the better part of his massive seven-year contract.
What we do have now, though, is the stage for an audition. Cutler could very well be entertaining quarterback-needy teams in the offseason should Chicago opt to get out of the contract while they have the chance to escape with no guaranteed money on the hook. Cutler could still do very well for himself in the right circumstance. At just 33, he will have suitors.
As for the Bears, Sitton gives them a valuable, workhorse lineman who is capable of transforming the dynamic of their protection unit. The three-time All-Pro, who hasn’t missed a start since 2011, solidifies the middle of the line and should greatly help a Bears running attack spearheaded by second-year back Jeremy Langford.
Sitton’s signing comes a day after Kyle Long received a four-year contract extension with the Bears. With rookie Cody Whitehair expected to see starting time alongside veteran Ted Larsen at center, the Bears’ line will look a lot different from last season. It remains to be seen if it can help revitalize an offense that was very average looking in 2015.