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The Bears Den: April 21, 2011

...where that rug really tied the room together.

Bears, division foes in national spotlight | Larry Mayer: The Bears' 2011 schedule, which was released Tuesday, features prime time games against division rivals Detroit, Green Bay and Minnesota.

Jones could make impact from Day 1 | A productive three-year starter at Alabama, Julio Jones is a prototype NFL receiver who possesses an ideal combination of size, speed and strength. Fairley considered a boom-or-bust pick

Elite receivers are available in draft | Pat Kirwan: Georgia's A.J. Green is a difference-maker who could be the first wide receiver selected in next week's draft.

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Chicago Bears: Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - Should the Bears draft a quarterback with their first-round pick? What about in the middle and late rounds? How about trading up to get Nick Fairley? The Tribune's Bears columnist answers these questions and more. news: Mediation between league, players adjourned until May 16 Albert Breer: Court-ordered mediation between the NFL and locked-out players lasted another five hours Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan adjourned talks until May 16.

Mixed results from Angelo's trading-down strategy - Brad Biggs: The Chicago Bears will hold a pre-draft news conference Thursday and they will do their best to match the smokescreens being created by other clubs.

Top 6 Things To Know About the Bears Schedule | NBC Chicago | Grizzly Detail Maggie Hendricks: Here's everything you need to know so you can start planning your life around Bears season.

Pompei: Schedule-makers saddle Bears with brutal slate - The angel that was on the Chicago Bears' shoulder pads last season certainly wasn't in the room when NFL administrators were putting together the team's 2011 schedule.

Gut reaction: Hayes has Bears finishing 10-6. You? - Inside the Bears Mock drafts are being produced every 15 seconds this time of year, proving that it's never too early for meaningless prognostications.  Tribune reporters

Mullin: Holding off on the Bears' record prediction's John 'Moon' Mullin says he's waiting on his record prediction because any assessment right now of the 2011 Bears would be replaying 2010 since there's been no draft and no free agency.

NFL draft: Rating the middle linebackers in the NFL draft - Chicago Tribune pro football reporter Dan Pompei evaluates the middle linebackers eligible for the NFL draft.  Running backs

Assessing Bears’ needs at linebacker - Bob LeGere: The Bears have two of the NFL's best linebackers in Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs, but they need more depth at the position.  Offensive lineman

Bears draft positional analysis: WRs - Chicago Bears Blog - ESPN Chicago Michael Wright: The Bears are looking for height and explosiveness out of WRs in the draft.

Protecting your QB vs. getting to opponent's QB | CSNChicago Will the Bears go with a offensive lineman with the 29th pick of the upcoming draft to help protect Jay Cutler? Or a defensive lineman that will sack the other team's QB? John Mullin has more draft musings in his latest blog.

Charles Tillman meets the mother of his daughter's heart donor on Oprah - Inside the Bears Sean Jensen: Charles Tillman meets the mother of his daughter's heart donor on Oprah. A Heartfelt Meeting - Video -

Why the Bears are in a tough spot at No.29 | National Football Post Matt Bowen: With needs along both the offensive and defensive line, Chicago could see all of their targeted prospects off the board—leaving them with some hard decisions to make.

Courtroom football: what's ahead | National Football Post Andrew Brandt: While the NFL schedule has now been announced and we can fantasize about actual football, let's return to reality and the schedule for Courtroom football.

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