JLL Chicago Football Greats Share NFL Draft Predictions

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The 2016 NFL Draft’s first round kicks off tonight, and we have the perfect view of Draft Town from JLL’s headquarters at Aon Center. In anticipation, we checked in with our former football stars for their Chicago Bears’ predictions:

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Name: Kurt Kittner
Title: Managing Director, Downtown Tenant Representation
Played for: Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons, University of Illinois
Position: Quarterback
Best known for: Winning the Big Ten Championship. Career leader at Illinois with 70 touchdown passes and 24 wins.
Hopes the Bears draft: Zeke Elliott, Running Back at Ohio State.

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Name: Kris Bjorson
Title: International Director, Industrial
Played for: University of Cincinnati
Position: Tight End
Best known for: First Team Academic All-American and Captain. At one point, held all of the Tight End records until Travis Kelce (Kansas City Chiefs) and Brent Celek (Philadelphia Eagles) broke them.
Hope the Bears draft: He’s not a Bears fan. His position coach at Cincinnati was John Harbaugh, head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, so he wishes John well in the draft!

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Name: Steve Ostrowski
Title: VP, Industrial
Played for: Northwestern
Position: Linebacker
Best known for: A four-play goal-line stand versus Illinois in 1991 that sealed a 17-11 victory against then #17 Illini. After the game the Northwestern students tore down the goal posts and dumped them into Lake Michigan. The goal posts at Ryan Field have since been cemented into place and have not been torn down since. Go Cats!
Hopes the Bears draft: Shaq Lawson, Defensive End at Clemson. The Bears are in desperate need of play makers on defense and this kid can come off the corner and bring a ton of pressure on the QB. At 6-3’, 270 lbs he’s a solid run stopper as well. They call him the junk yard dog and he can bring much-needed nasty to a defense in search of an identity. He would appear to be a strong pick for the beloved Bears!

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Name: Adam Pines
Title: Associate, Suburban Tenant Representation
Played for: Indiana
Position: Punter
Best known for: A segment on ESPN’s “C’Mon Man!” in October 2011.
Hopes the Bears draft: DeForest Buckner, Defensive End at Oregon.

Name: Dwight Stephenson
Title: VP, Net Lease Property Group
Played for: Notre Dame
Position: Defensive End
Best known for: Appearances in two BCS bowls – Sugar Bowl and Fiesta Bowl – while at Notre Dame.
Hopes the Bears draft: Joey Bosa, Defensive End at Ohio State. (But Dwight’s actually a Dolphins fan, and hopes they get Ohio State Running Back Zeke Elliott.)

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Name: Mike Trumpy
Title: Associate, Suburban Tenant Representation
Played for: Northwestern
Position: Running Back
Best known for: An 80-yard touchdown at Wrigley Field in 2010.
Hopes the Bears draft: Derrick Henry, Running Back at Alabama, in the second round.

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Name: Eddie Viliunas
Title: Associate, Downtown Tenant Representation
Played for: Illinois
Position: Tight End
Best known for: Winning back-to-back bowl games in 2010 (Baylor) and 2011 (UCLA). First time ever in Illinois history.
Hopes the Bears draft: Laquon Treadwell, Wide Receiver at Ole Miss. He’s from the Chicago area and he’s an all-around play maker. He’d be great alongside Alshon Jeffery.

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