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The Bears Den: May 2, 2011

"...where we love all of our picks...even if we don't."

Conte familiar with Bears' reputation | Larry Mayer: Bears third-round draft pick Chris Conte grew up in Los Angeles and starred at the University of California. But that doesn't mean he isn't familiar with his new employer.

Chicago Bears: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers always at war - On the field or during the draft, the Bears and Packers are always trying to one-up each other.

NFL draft: NFC North should be stronger in 2011 - Dan Pompei: The NFC North was one of football's most competitive divisions in 2010. Judging by what happened in the draft, it's going to be more competitive in 2011.

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2011 NFL draft: NFL draft featured wise decisions and baffling picks - Chicago Breaking Sports Sam Farmer: Each team seemed to come up with a favorable move, but also with strange ones.

Jerry Angelo, Bears can finally exhale after challenging NFL draft - Chicago Sun-Times NEIL HAYES: Jerry Angelo looked less tortured late Saturday afternoon than he did after the first two days of the NFL draft — probably because his final pick was spent and what he may remember as the most challenging and controversial draft of his long career finally had ended.

NFL calls it ‘no trade,’ but Ravens not ready to let it go - Chicago Sun-Times Sean Jensen: The Bears are ready to move on, and so is the NFL.

Positions of draftees have a familiar ring - Chicago Sun-Times The names have changed, but the positions remain the same.

Garfien: Carimi's not your average Bear Comcast SportsNet's Chuck Garfien had the chance to sit down one-on-one with Bears' 29th overall draft pick Gabe Carimi at Halas Hall, discussing his Jewish heritage.

Moon: Carimi is a case of attitude's John 'Moon' Mullin says Gabe Carimi carries an attitude that not every player has and Carimi says he as a hunger to succeed at whatever he does and be the best Bear offensive lineman he can be.

Hey, Jerry! Thanks for Listening | NBC Chicago | Grizzly Detail Maggie Hendricks: Jerry Angelo actually listened and drafted Gabe Carimi.

Wide receiver or not, Bears’ draft looks to be a good one - Bob LeGere: Considering they may have added two opening day starters in areas of need, the Bears' 2011 draft looks like a success.

Greed will determine when NFL fantasy, reality intersect - Mike Imrem: Fantasy reigned inside Halas Hall during the NFL draft. Reality reigned outside the building. The two will intersect only when owners or players can't make a payment on some luxury item they bought before the two sides began bickering over money.

Post-draft: Mel Kiper grades the NFC North - NFC North Blog - ESPN Kevin Seifert: Accepting that pre-draft mocks and post-draft grades are all in good fun makes both easier to digest. With that caveat, let's sift through Mel Kiper's grades.

NFC North draft analysis - NFC North Blog - ESPN Kevin Seifert: Some highlights -- and lowlights -- from the past three days.

Draft winners and losers | National Football Post Greg Gabriel: Let’s first take a look at some of the clubs I thought did well.

Ranking the best undrafted players available: Defense | National Football Post Wes Bunting: A breakdown of the top five available players at each position following the 2011 NFL draft.   Offense

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post Dan Pompei: Examining the Falcons' bold move, best value picks and lots of draft scoop.

Draft 2011: NFC Grades - NFL Draft Grades - Evan Silva: After a grueling three days of relentless work, we'll put the finishing touches on our intensive draft coverage with post-draft grades.   Greg Rosenthal | AFC Draft Grades

America, meet 2011′s Mr. Irrelevant: Cheta Ozougwu! - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports Doug Farrar: Yes, it is time for the most important aspect of the NFL draft: the reveal of the name of Mr. Irrelevant!

Monday could be critical day for NFL labor - NFL - Yahoo! Sports NEW YORK (AP)—If these are not fun times for football fans, they are captivating days for lawyers. Barry Wilner, AP Pro Football Writer

NFL rookies wallow in lockout limbo - NFL - Yahoo! Sports EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP)—There wasn’t much time to celebrate during Christian Ponder’s(notes) first day as a Minnesota Viking. John Krawczynski, AP Sports Writer

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