The Bears Den: April 24, 2013 - NFL Draft news and notes

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Three Bears receive prestigious Piccolo Awards - Larry Mayer: Charles Tillman, Julius Peppers and Shea McClellin were presented with 2012 Brian Piccolo Awards during a ceremony Tuesday at Halas Hall. Bob LeGere: Remembering their own draft experiences.

Peter King's TMQB - Looking ahead to the draft; reader mail.

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Peppers driven to continually improve - Larry Mayer: Julius Peppers is nicknamed "The Freak" because of his extremely rare combination of size and athleticism. But that's not the only key to his success.

Tillman on Urlacher: NFL is a cutthroat business - Jeff Dickerson: Offseason changes re-enforce the concept that no one is irreplaceable in the NFL. Mark Potash: Veteran leadership filling the void on defense.

Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - How about Vince Young to back up Cutler, how much is Hester responsible for his dropoff, and more Qs&As.

So many needs, so few picks for Bears - Dan Pompei: The Bears need help at six positions, at least, but they only have five picks in the NFL draft.


Lester: 2013 NFL Draft: Bears team needs

Draft preview - Moon Mullin: O-line not off the Bears' shopping list as team lacks a second starter-grade guard after Slauson. Will look to draft for DL depth.

Draft preview - Moon Mullin: Following breadcrumbs to Bears’ draft strategies.

Draft preview - Steve Silverman: QBs are lacking and skill-position players are down. It’s time to load up on the building blocks of the game. Potential Bears targets.


T.J.: What 1st Round Pick will Emery Surprise us with?

Draft preview: LBs - Larry Mayer: At least five LBs could be selected in the first round of the draft Thursday night, three of them pass-rushing OLBs.

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Mock drafts

[Video] Draft preview - Robert Klemko looks at the NFCN's teams' needs, thinks Bears will look to add depth by trading down.

Mock Draft - Kevin Seifert took part in ESPN's blogger mock for the NFCN, and wound up with Alec Ogletree for the Bears.

Mock Draft - Josh Norris thinks so too, but at #50 overall. CB Jamar Taylor at #20?

Mock Draft - Nate Davis has the Bears going with CB D.J. Hayden to help defend gunslingers Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Christian Ponder.

Mock Draft - Peter Schrager's 7-round mock has the Bears taking a project OT who's only played one year of college at #20 overall.

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Laugh at the Lions - Brawling Lions DE Ronnell Lewis tasered twice by officers, faces three misdemeanor charges as team officials are 'gathering more information'.

Draft preview - Dan Pompei: NFL talent evaluators will have to choose between production and upside in this draft.. In many cases, the tape and the workout have sent conflicting messages.

Draft preview - Jason La Canfora breaks down likely Round 1 talent into three draft tiers.

GM: Worst NFL Draft in 10-12 years - Mike Freeman: This year's NFL Draft, says one GM, lacks star power and franchise players and will be looked upon as one of the worst ever. Joe Fortenbaugh: Pre-draft movers.

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