Chalk Talk

Chalk Talk: Who are best kickers in draft?

_Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.
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Who are the top-rated kickers in the NFL Draft?
Aaron D.
Blue Island, Illinois

It depends on who you ask; different evaluators no doubt have different opinions. For instance, NFL.com ranks Utah’s Matt Gay as the top kicker in the draft, followed by LSU’s Cole Tracy. But CBS Sports has them flip-flopped with Tracy No. 1 and Gay No. 2. Interestingly, both outlets have the same three kickers ranked third through fifth in San Diego State’s John Baron, Oklahoma’s Austin Seibert and Notre Dame’s Justin Yoon. According to point values assigned to each player in the draft, however, NFL.com isn’t projecting that any of the prospects in this year’s crop will become a primary kicker for an NFL team.

Do you think the NFL should change its overtime rules to allow both teams get a chance to possess the ball at least once even if the first team scores a touchdown?
Phil P.
Rolling Meadows, Illinois

No, I do not. I think changing the rule to let the second team have a possession after the first team kicks a field goal was going far enough. In my humble opinion, if you can’t keep your opponent from driving the length of the field and scoring a touchdown to start overtime, you don’t deserve a chance to get the ball. As it stands now, all you have to do is not allow a touchdown to ensure you get a possession. If owners decide to change the rule next week at their league meetings, I think it could actually lead to more ties and more injuries because it would prolong games.

Have the Bears ever selected a player with the No. 87 pick they have in this year’s draft?
Kyle P.
Raleigh, North Carolina

Yes, the Bears selected Dustin Lyman with the 87th pick in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft out of Wake Forest. Lyman played linebacker in college but was converted into a tight end with the Bears. He appeared in 55 games with 21 starts over five seasons, catching 37 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns.

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