The Bears Den: April 24, 2012

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"...where, dude, only two days to go until the draft starts!"

Bears have 7 players in mind for their top draft pick - Approaching draft with "must win now" mindset. Could allow for trading down.

Ahead of (and behind) the Bears at No. 19 on draft day - Moon Mullin: some concern with teams directly before and after them.

Larry Mayer: Bears entering NFL Draft with flexibility - The acquisition of 10 new players this offseason gives Bears freedom to address needs or select BPA.

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Bears GM assesses draft's strengths, weaknesses - While Emery didn’t mention any specific names, he did talk about the strengths of the board.

Bears fortunate that Emery is no Jerry luck-alike - I'm reminded of the story of the golfer who said "The more I practise, the luckier I seem to get."

Bears looking to avoid players with injury risk - Too often in the recent past , Bears wound up with draft picks that had problematic medical histories. Thanks, Jerry.

[Video] Tom Waddle's draft strategy for picking at 19 - Tom Waddle is always right.

League unexpectedly expands rosters from 80 to 90 - Now we'll see more UDFAs that we love to fall in love with at training camp.

Lombardi's draft forecast - Chandler Jones up, Courtney Upshaw down.

Bowen: When will the 'run' on CBs begin? - Bears have depth and retained Jennings, so may not be in CB mode early on. A few top CB prospects.

Wes Bunting's Week Long Mock: Round Five - Bears take a DT from Iowa.

Draft preview: Linebackers - Is it time for Bears to find next generation of linebackers?

Draft preview: Outside linebackers - Bears have shown interest in Keenan Robinson.

Bears looking closely at Boise State's Shea McClellin - Are some of the players in a deep class of DEs better fits there or as an OLB in a 3-4 scheme?

D-linemen could be drafted early, often - With an abundance of run stuffers and pass rushers available, defensive linemen could account for nearly one-third of the first-round picks in the draft. Slightly less certain with Angelo gone.

ProFootballFocus: Redrafting the 2008 First Round - Chris Williams hasn't worked out quite as well as we'd hoped.

Bears punter visits area middle school - Adam Podlesh, a cancer survivor, visited Heineman Middle School in Algonquin Friday to help kick off a fundraising event.

NFL alumni to announce second-day draft picks - A certain mama's boy features for the Bears.

This might be the first Icelandic group ever to feature in The Den (yes, that's Björk singing; I apologise for Einar's crappy annoying vocal injection. He regularly ruined Sugarcubes songs for me.)...

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