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The Weekend Bears Den: April 13, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

A special weekend pre-draft preview prior to WCG's upcoming community mock draft.


Bears hold pre-draft workout for area prospects - Larry Mayer: The Bears continued their draft preparations Friday by hosting a workout for about 50 local prospects in the Walter Payton Center. Jeff Dickerson identified a few of the players in attendance.

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Draft prospects

Quarterbacks - Dan Pompei: Every QB prospect this year has some significant holes. NFL Film's Greg Cosell's evaluations.

Running backs - Dan Pompei: This RB class has a little depth, but very little top-end talent. In fact, scouts agree this could be the first draft in 50 years in which no RB is chosen in the first round. [Audio] Greg Cosell on RBs.

Tight ends - Dan Pompei: Many teams are seeking athletic TEs who can stretch the field — even those that already have them. So the dynamic receiving TEs are not expected to last long in this draft. Larry Mayer: Notre Dame's Eifert consensus top TE in draft. Greg Cosell: Evaluating the WR/TE class.

Offensive tackles - Michael C. Wright assesses the Bears' need at offensive tackle and lists his top prospects in the draft. Update: Guards.

Centers - Dan Pompei: The public misconception is that Barrett Jones is the best prospect.

Travis Frederick vs Barrett Jones - Russ Lande breaks down the skill set of two of the top centers in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Evaluating the O-linemen - What did Greg Cosell see on tape?

O-Line rankings - Josh Norris: Eric Fisher edges Luke Joeckel.

Linebackers - Greg Cosell breaks down some of the top LB prospects. Defensive tackles and defensive ends.

Todd McShay: Who would be best MLB for the Bears if Ogletree is gone by #20?

Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: Which 1st round LB would you prefer?

NFP's over- and underrated prospects - Russ Lande's thoughts on a couple of DL draftees.'s five most overhyped / most underrated prospects - Bucky Brooks doesn't think Tavon Austin's combine showing will transfer to the field of play well enough to warrant his climb up the charts.

Gil Brandt's Hot 100 - Luke Joeckel, Ezekiel Ansah top tough-to-call draft class.

CSNChicago has draft capsules on many prospects, too many to list but you can check out their site here.

Walterfootball's ranking of prospects by position.


Who will the Bears take in the first round?

Mock Draft - Dan Durkin: Arthur Brown is this draft’s premier coverage LB, adept at shedding blocks, and will be a young cornerstone in the Bears’ front-seven.

Mock Draft - Russ Lande: DJ Fluker is a massive man with very good feet for such a big man and will be a rock at the RT spot for the Bears.

Mock Draft - Dan Pompei: If he makes it this far, Ogletree seems like an easy pick.

Mock Draft - Don Banks: The Bears would happily make room for Olgetree if he convinces them his character issues are a non-factor. Also tempting might be Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert.

Mock Draft - Walterfootball: The Bears will definitely be interested in Chance Warmack if he falls to them. They signed Matt Slauson, but that was just to a 1-year deal worth less than $1 million. Gabe Carimi, meanwhile, has been a bust. Chicago has to make sure that Jay Cutler is protected.

Dane Noble: WCG community mock draft- Who's picking for each team?


Via "Madden 07", experience the 2006 season that nearly was. Doesn't virtual Lovie look super excited to hoist the Lombardi?