On the clock –

With the NFL draft less than a week away, reporters who cover the teams on a daily basis take a crack at predicting how the first round will unfold in the Los Angeles Times' annual beat writers' mock. Each reporter makes a pick and gives a rationale for that selection:


Bears have a golden opportunity to get defensive with the No. 8 pick

Certainly Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks is in the minority in Chicago, a football-minded grinder in a football-crazed city with little to no interest in the upcoming NFL draft. Asked Tuesday afternoon whether he at least takes a glance at the ubiquitous prognostications of whom the Bears might select with the No. 8 pick, Hicks shook his head.

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Firebaugh welcomes back high school star Josh Allen as NFL Draft approaches

Former Firebaugh High quarterback Josh Allen welcomed by alma mater rally. Family will keep him busy and focused as next week's NFL Draft approaches.
Eric Paul Zamora The Fresno Bee