New England broke with tradition by taking a linebacker in the first round, but Jarod Mayo fits the Belichick mold • Hats off to the Bengals for not giving in to Chad Johnson's trade demands
This is an article from the May 12, 2008 issue
What happens when a team loses its All-Star catcher? The Red Sox offer the Yankees a chilling example • The Cubs, Mariners and Orioles have the best of the next generation of backstops
HANGAR STAKES At the Chicago Bears' rookie minicamp last Friday, draft picks and undrafted players signed by the team as free agents assembled inside the cavernous Walter Payton Center in Lake Forest, Ill., for their first opportunity to impress Bears coaches and win a spot on the 2008 roster.