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

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

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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.

NFL.com'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.

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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?

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