Does court ruling impact Bears?

There was a chance the Bears might have used the 14th selection in the draft to select USC WR Mike Williams. However that scenario is out the window after A New York court granted the NFL a stay in its' legal battle to have certain underclassmen kept out of Saturday's NFL Draft. Meaning Williams and Ohio State RB Maurice Clarett have been declared ineligible for the draft.

Whether or not the Bears were seriously considering taking Williams in the first-round is debatable, but his presence in the draft helped Chicago. If Williams went before the Bears were on the clock then he pushed another player down the board and closer to Chicago. GM Jerry Angelo might have been able to use Williams as leverage in a trade as there are teams behind the Bears that were considering trading up to select the sophomore.

There is a still a chance that Williams and Clarett could still be in play this weekend, but it would be a long shot to get an appeal heard and ruled in their favor by Saturday, 12PM.

Statement by NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash on U.S. Court of Appeals Order in Clarett Litigation:

"We are pleased that the court has issued a stay. As the court order says, we have 'demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits.' We are grateful for the prompt attention the court has given to this matter and we await its decision on the merits."

Williams filed an appeal to get an injunction on the ruling in an attempt to enter the draft. If access is denied then college eligibility is the next concern for Williams and Clarett. Both have hired agents, which forfeits their remaining eligibility and would face a struggle just to return to college.

There is a chance that Williams and Clarett could enter the supplemental draft, but that is unclear at this point.


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