The Bears Den: May 05, 2014 - Chicago Bears pre-draft news & notes

Jonathan Daniel

Brian Urlacher and Charles Tillman: two of the best all-time Bears draft picks.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses whether the Bears will volunteer for HBO's "Hard Knocks," who will start at LB this season, and which DT position Jeremiah Ratliff will play.

Team notes - Larry Mayer: Emery likes extra time before draft; Bears reaching out to potential UDFAs, scouting CBs with positional flexibility who could potentially to convert to safety.

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2014 Bears NFL draft: Previews, analysis, prospect profiles

Bears work in progress will get further upgrade - Dan Wiederer: While free agent additions on defense are cause for optimism in rebuilding, more help should be on way via NFL draft.

Draft preview: Defensive backs - Moon Mullin: The age of the top three corners projects to push the Bears toward stocking the pipeline, while much depends on whether they have a priority for a free or strong safety.

Recent picks at safety haven't done the job for Bears - Bob LeGere: The Bears have attempted multiple times in the past few years to address their deficiencies at safety, and might target that position again in the early rounds this year.

Draft preview - Kevin Fishbain & Arthur Arkush: Who[m - Den] could the Bears take on offense? How early is too early to address that side of the ball?

Bears mailbag - Michael C. Wright answers readers' questions on the draft and whether Brian de la Puente is the Bears' future at center.

[Video] ESPN - Hall Of Famer Dan Hampton talks about what the Bears need to do in order to fix their ailing defense.

Work ethic pushes Pitt's Aaron Donald to top of NFL draft boards - Rich Campbell: Decorated college star, devoted to weight room and film room, is likely to be first DT selected. [Photos]

NIU's Jordan Lynch eagerly awaiting NFL draft - Shannon Ryan: Though QB projected as low pick, he's excited many teams are looking at him as RB and DB too.

Draft profile: Florida CB Marcus Roberson - The Bears are set at their two starting CBs, but Roberson could be an option if Phil Emery wants to inject some rookie blood for depth.

Draft profile: Louisville DE Marcus Smith - Explosive defender who would likely be logging most of his time at tackle for the Bears, but is better suited as a DE in a 4-3 defense.

Mock Draft - Brad Biggs: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville. Phil Emery hopes to find a safety who is a day one starter and brings legitimate comparisons to Mike Brown.

Mock Drafts - Seven CSN Chicago contributors make their picks for the Bears and end up with one taking DT, one CB, and the other five split between three safeties.

Mock Draft - FanSpeak.com pick out their favo(u)rite user mock for each NFC North team: The Bears trade down, grab Clinton-Dix, and end up with 10 selections overall.

NFL draft capsules for each team - Bears need help on D-line and in secondary, backup QB, backup RB, but not at WR.

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NFL history: Highs and lows of No. 14 picks in NFL draft - Dan Wiederer: The Bears have the selection this year and their previous choices there are a decidedly mixed bag of Michael Haynes, Chris Williams and Tommie Harris.

All-time Bears Top 30 draft picks, #8 - James Neveau: Taken third overall in the 1965 draft, Dick Butkus was an eight-time Pro Bowler in his 9-year NFL career, and defined football for generations of Bears fans.

All-time Bears Top 30 draft picks, #7 - James Neveau: The ninth overall pick in the 2000 draft, Brian Urlacher was named to the Pro Bowl eight times over his 13-year career, and was a first-team All-Pro selection four times.

All-time Bears Top 30 draft picks, #6 - James Neveau: A second round pick in the 2003 draft, Charles Tillman is arguably the greatest CB to ever suit up for the Bears and represents what hard work, a good disposition, and an exceptional amount of talent can do for a player’s career.

Bears doing good things - Nick Schwartz: Kyle Long went to Chuck E. Cheese’s with a 9-year-old fan who suffered from bullying on the bus at school.

Wrigley Field brand booms, but not Soldier Field's - Phil Rosenthal: As ballpark celebrates centennial, few salute football stadium at 90.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Draft preview - Chris Burke & Doug Farrar: SI.com's 2014 NFL draft top 64 prospects.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: After three disappointing seasons in Minnesota, Vikings decline Christian Ponder's option.

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