The Bears Den: April 16, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

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Roster news - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Tuesday waived DE Cheta Ozougwu, who recorded one sack while appearing in seven games as a reserve last season.

Bears host Louis Nix - Bears used one of their 30 pre-draft visits to Halas Hall on Notre Dame DT Louis Nix. Brad Biggs: Could fortify Bears' revamped D-line ... [Video] CSNChicago discussion.

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Could addressing safety lead to playoffs? - Michael C. Wright: PFF identifies the Bears' most significant weakness as the safety position and it’s pretty much guaranteed the team will take one, possibly even two, in the draft.

NFL.com: Around the League - Gregg Rosenthal takes a look around the NFC North: To truly make up ground in the division, someone other than Packers GM Ted Thompson needs to hit a home run in the upcoming draft.

Dan Pompei Q&As - Could Bears trade up to get Donald? ... Donald or Clinton-Dix? ... Could Kyle Fuller be Bears' R1 pick? ... Will Peppers or Allen have more impact?

2014 NFL draft Round 1 trade scenarios - Chris Burke: Players and positions each team should target. Would the Bears have to trade up to get Aaron Donald?

Draft preview: Aaron Donald to join Jared Allen? - Daniel Jeremiah looks at four positions of need for the Bears, and candidates who could fill them.

Draft preview - Matt Bowen breaks down Aaron Donald’s game to explain why he should be viewed as the top interior lineman in this year’s draft class.

Draft preview: Top 10 corners - Chris Burke: The cornerback spot is well-stocked this year, deeper than it is overloaded with elite talent.

Teams eyeing defense in 2014 NFL Draft may be forced to reach - Pat Kirwan: It appears close to 10 teams are looking to have a defensive draft in the first three rounds, and may be forced to reach at DT, LB and safety. Plus, ranking the draft's top six DTs.

Draft preview - Kevin Fishbain: Bears' search for No. 2 tight end to continue in draft. Could former Oregon Duck Coly Lyerla be a late-round wild card selection?

Draft preview - Adam Hoge's Bears Big Board #17, Wisconsin LB Chris Borland: A tackling machine who can make game-changing plays on the ball, he has the speed and hip flexibility to drop back in coverage, while also threatening as a blitzer.

Draft preview - SS Deone Bucannon, Washington State: If the Bears elect to look at a position other than safety with their first-round pick, Bucannon would be a solid second-round selection if he's still on the board at No. 51.

Draft preview - Hub Arkush's Bears Big Board top 5 is heavy on defensive back help.

Mock Draft - Arthur Arkush has the Bears taking Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert: Bears in ideal position to have aging No. 1 CB "Peanut" Tillman mentor his succesor[sic].

Rookie watch - PFF's look at interior O-linemen. How did Kyle Long fare?

Draft analysis - Michael C. Wright takes a look back at the Bears' 2010 draft. Was Dan LeFevour the worst pick of Jerry Angelo’s second-to-last draft class? PFFBears draft grades from 2009-2011.

Ex-Bear news - Even at the age of 53, Willie Gault says he's still got it and believes only eight to 10 guys in the NFL are faster than him.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Jack Bechta: The Agent's Journal - The successful drafting teams aren’t swayed by: hype, average or sensational testing numbers, one big national game, a few highlight plays, their owners or even their own coaches.

NFL Draft: Why character matters - Michael Schottey: Tony Dungy on why character matters in the NFL Draft, and how teams evaluate it.

Ex-Bear news - Jeff Dickerson: Steelers sign former Bears punter Adam Podlesh to a one-year contract.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: By re-signing veteran Matt Flynn on Tuesday, the Packers renewed an insurance policy that paid off last season after Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Dave Dye: Lions say timing of Suh re-signing doesn't matter; team could be preparing to move up in draft; is Suh's decision to train away from the team an insult to the Lions?

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