The Bears Den: April 12, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

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"Hey Jason: Knock knock!" "Who's there?" "Donnn't caaaaare."

Regrading the Bears' 2012 draft - Michael C. Wright takes a look back at Phil Emery's first draft as the Bears GM. Can the new coaching staff develop and make better use of last year's picks?

Te’o predraft meeting with Bears hints at directions - Moon Mullin: Bears appear to be looking aggressively for quality youth at LB who are very likely available if they are able to deal down.

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Mel Kiper's Draft preview - Larry Mayer: With just two weeks until the April 25-27 NFL Draft, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. shared his thoughts about some of the top prospects

Roster notes - Bob LeGere: The Bears' TE position has been completely remodeled since last year, which should be a good thing given the lack of production they have had from that spot over the last two seasons. Bears set at RB.

Draft preview - Michael C. Wright: NFL sources count former Stanford TE Zach Ertz among the group of players the Bears are focusing on, with one source saying he's "very much in play" to be the club's choice.


Steven Schweickert: 2013 NFL Draft: Stanford TE Zach Ertz

Draft preview - Dan McNeil: Who cares about his dating habits or his 40-yard time? Manti Te'o will be a solid NFL draft pick. Bob LeGere: Te'o Halas Hall visit could be smoke screen.

Draft preview - Chris Burke: Kansas State LB Arthur Brown is determined to thwart NFL’s offensive golden era.

Draft preview - Maggie Hendricks considers Alec Ogletree's fit with the Bears.


Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: Which 1st round LB would you prefer?

Draft preview - Jeff Dickerson: The Bears are expected to host former Southeast Louisiana CB Robert Alford on a pre-draft visit this week. Alford was also a talented return man on the collegiate level, and is projected to be a third-round draft choice.

Draft preview - Adam L. Jahns: The Bears will host their local pro day at Halas Hall on Friday; eight notable Chicago-area players will be in the NFL draft.

Cutler non-news #1 - Steve Rosenbloom: Ashton Kutcher believes his acting tutelage can help Cutler act like a leader.

Cutler non-news #2 - Jay Cutler doesn't deny the 'DDDOOOONNN'TTTT CAAARRREEE' story.

Cutler probably won't care whether or not the ladies wear this either, but, there you go.

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Know thy enemy: Packers - Tyler Dunne: The OL weren’t too happy with James Jones when he pointed the finger at them for letting Aaron Rodgers get sacked five times by the Giants, but he was right. The protection needed to improve then, and it’ll need to improve now.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Dave Birkett: Mel Kiper doesn't expect either of the draft's top two linemen, Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher, to get past the Lions' No. 5 pick. Kevin Seifert: Would Lane Johnson be a reach at No.5?

Know thy enemy: Lions - Chris McCosky: Though the Lions have taken a WR in each of the last four drafts, two in the second round and one in the third, they still find themselves a receiver or two, or three short.

Boom!

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