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The Bears Den: April 23, 2012

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"...where Lions fans are proving as delusional in reality as the Superfans are in comedy."

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Orange jerseys, Sunday night games, and how a Vikings move to Los Angeles might affect the NFC North.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Is A Hypocrite - Lester A. Wiltfong, Jr. lets Goodell have it with both barrels.

Peter King's 2012 NFL Mock Draft - Has Bears going with a controversial WR in the first. [Video] Bears' draft needs. More mocks after the jump.

Follow WCG on Twitter. Or we'll put J'Marcus Webb to protect your blindside.....

Anatomy of a draft day trade - How it works, or doesn't. Preparing a strategy for the draft.

Study: Drafting players with legal run-ins pays off - Bears tied for 3rd in drafting players with legal run-ins during college from 2005-2009.

NFP Sunday Blitz - A look at low motor players, evaluating pass rushers by production, and all the latest draft rumors.

Sam Farmer's mock draft - Has Bears going DE in round 1.

Bears thinking beyond first round with WR Jeffrey - Bears hinted that they may be looking to sign a wide receiver in the second round of the draft when they invited Alshon Jeffrey to visit Halas Hall.

Mercilus the definition of ‘gamble’ for Bears at DE - Five other DEs to consider, from first to late rounds.

Webb says he has Cutler's back - Don't forget to vote him to the Pro Bowl, because his play last season clearly deserved it.

Pompei: It seems Phil Emery knows what he's doing - Hillenmeyer: "We prefer to keep about six starting linebackers on board and three or four starting offensive linemen.'' Zing!

Bears need players in the mold of Urlacher & Briggs - Emery was a scout when Bears picked Pro Bowl LBs.

ProFootballFocus: Gap Control: Outside Defense - Bears best at shutting down runs to the outside.

Bears still weigh character heavily in player acquisitions - Emery's biggest move, acquiring Brandon Marshall, raised the question of whether he has changed the team’s emphasis on character.

Wes Bunting's Week Long Mock - Rounds 1-4 has the Bears going DE in the first and then offense after that.

WalterFootball's updated 6-round mock draft - DT in the first round? Did they forget Jerry's gone?

Fleener tops a thin crop of tight ends - Mayer can finally stop adding "...none of which our super OC Mike Martz would use, anyway."

Draft preview: Defensive ends, Safeties, Defensive tackles, Cornerbacks, Middle linebackers - Sucks to be Vontaze Burfict.

Draft Capsule: WR Mohamed Sanu, TE Dwayne Allen, DT Dontari Poe, DT Fletcher Cox, CB Dre Kirkpatrick - Scouting reports.

Know thy enemy: Lions' team needs - The Lions finally returned to the playoffs lastseason with a team that was largely built through the draft.

Lions fans think their team will go 15-1 - Evidently smoking too much of what their rookie class was on.

Know thy enemy: Packers' team needs - Still holes to fill. /Insert joke about Wisconsin women's weight here.

Leslie Frazier says left tackle may not be a “game-changer” - (From the article): "It’s hard for the QB and the receiver to change games if the LT isn’t stopping the DE/OLB from hitting the QB when he can’t see it coming. And it’s not as if competent LTs readily can be found in the lower rounds of the draft." ... Evidently, PFT have never heard of JWebb and the great success the Bears had with him this past season.

Ditkavsworld: "...the world isn’t complete without a Carpenters tribute."