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The Bears Den: February 25, 2013 - NFL Combine news and notes

Did someone say Donkey Kong?

Rick Stewart

Marty Barrett shares thoughts on NFL Combine - Larry Mayer: Bears director of college scouting spoke to in Indianapolis about the annual NFL Scouting Combine.

OL questions involve more than draft, free agency - Moon Mullin: Besides any draft-related questions, the future of former No. 1 pick Gabe Carimi is decidedly unsettled.

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Where can the Bears find an immediate impact player? - Matt Bowen & Moon Mullin wonder if an O-lineman could have a true impact in as a rookie. [Video] Michael C. Wright: Emery hopes to bring back OT Scott.

Top-notch OT unlikely to come Bears' way - Brad Biggs: The two dominating possibilities figure to be long gone, maybe at No. 1, when the 20th pick of the NFL draft comes up.

Bears can't let their guard down - Dan Pompei: If one of the two elite offensive guards falls to the Bears in the NFL draft they should pounce.

Steven Schweickert: 2013 NFL Draft: OTs / Guards & Centers

Are Hester's days at WR over? - Jeff Dickerson: Hester still has plenty of supporters around the league who believe he can succeed on offense in the right system and with the right QB, but the odds of that occurring in Chicago seem slim to none.

Irish's Eifert could fit Bears needs at TE - Jeff Dickerson: Tyler Eifert is a player who could help out the Bears offense.

Is a pass-catching TE a priority? - Brad Biggs: Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert is the best available, but Trestman & Co. may not want to spend an early pick on a TE.

Steven Schweickert: 2013 NFL Draft: The TE Position

TE has become a glamor position, but Trestman says Bears aren’t needy - Adam L. Jahns: Trestman won’t call adding a big, athletic TE who’s more of receiver than a blocker a cure-all for the Bears’ offense.

Evan Rodriguez to be used in many roles - Michael C. Wright: Rising second-year man Evan Rodriguez might be the best suited for what the staff envisions in the future at the TE position.



Roster notes - Moon Mullin: Bears looking to keep LB Roach, but where?

Don’t sign Urlacher if he can’t run - Dan Bernstein: Lose this silliness about a new coaching staff needing to retain Urlacher to keep some kind of credibility. An eroded body is unaware of the logo on the helmet.

Mulling Shea McClellin as a linebacker - Kevin Seifert: Could the Bears use him in a similar role as Denver do with Von Miller?

Manti Te'o not best fit for Bears - Michael C. Wright: Two personnel evaluators believe there might be better options at the position for the Bears at No. 20.

Lester A. Wiltfong, Jr: Bears 2013 Roster Turnover: Linebacker

[Video] Matt Bowen & Moon Mullin - Are MLB, CB needs for Bears?

Bears interested in re-signing Idonije - Jeff Dickerson: Idonije has 20.5 sacks over the past three years and is traditionally one of the top tacklers on the DL. <i>Hamsters throughout Canada rejoice!</i>



Emery's offseason goal: Create more competition - Mark Strotman: Emery and his primarily brand-new coaching staff has been working diligently since January, speaking with college scouts to narrow down the list of players they will target in April's NFL Draft.

Emery likes Bears' familiar draft position - Michael C. Wright: Owning such a late pick in the first round isn't an issue to Emery.

[Video] Wright & Dickerson - Jeff Dickerson and Michael Wright talk about who they've seen at the NFL Combine that might be a good fit for the Bears. [Video] Bears' biggest offseason needs.

Cap issues loom for Bears with Cutler contract decision - Moon Mullin talked to Bill Polian, who said the Bears could be forced in the future to tilt their payroll to the opposite side of the ball from where it is now. (Because paying one DE more money than the entire OL position group has worked out so well for us.)

Drafting an insurance QB for Cutler would be smart business - Adam L. Jahns: If Phil Emery is as prudent as he seems to be and Marc Trestman is as smart and forward-thinking as he seems to be, the Bears will be looking for a QB in the 2013 draft.

Salary cap - Kevin Seifert: Where will the Bears find extra cap space, assuming they want it, in the coming weeks and months?

Superfans: Da Bears should extend Jay Cutler Now!

Pioli thinks Emery can, will succeed - Moon Mullin: Former Chiefs GM, who hired Phil Emery as his scouting director, has nothing but positives to say about the Bears' GM. (On the other hand, worryingly, it's coming from Scott Pioli.....)

Trestman's Bears vision is so kooky it may work - Maggie Hendricks says... something.....


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NFP Sunday Blitz - Dan Pompei: Pistol talk at the combine; best NFL bodies and all the latest from Indy.

Matt Bowen: Scouting the Bears - Some players may scoff at the Wonderlic exam, but it's another useful tool for teams to evaluate a prospect's grace under pressure.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Kevin Seifert: The team's insistence on developing Joe Webb at QB, amid their complete commitment to Ponder as a starter, means one of its most unique players can't get on the field.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Kevin Seifert: The Packers' defensive coaching staff will visit Texas A&M for what amounts to a clinic on how to defend the read-option scheme.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert: Are the Lions likely to move on from two of their primary starting and oft-injured safeties?

Steven Schweickert's guest videogames video week: 'This song is part of the "so bad it's good" contingent. Plus, opening of the week, opening song, it only fits. Enjoy the ridiculosity.'