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The Bears Den: April 16, 2013 - Offseason news and notes


Jonathan Daniel

OTAs - Larry Mayer: The Bears will practice for the first time under new head coach Marc Trestman this week when the team holds a voluntary three-day minicamp at Halas Hall. Adam L. Jahns: Most important and intriguing minicamp in years.

Peter King's MMQB - Three reasons why 2013 NFL draft's first round is hard to predict.

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Tom Zbikowski exactly where he wants to be - Vaughn McClure: Buffalo Grove grad and former Notre Dame star thrilled to come home, excited to play for Marc Trestman.

Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - Who's the best edge rusher in the draft? Would Bears prefer Cooper or Fluker? Why haven't Bears drafted and developed a LT since Jimbo Covert? And more.

Draft preview - Michael C. Wright: Look for the team to try to add a center of the future in this year's draft.

Steven Schweickert: 2013 NFL Draft: Cal C Brian Schwenke

Draft preview - Michael C. Wright: According to sources, at least one TE is among the seven to 10 prospects the club is considering with its first-round selection. Kevin Seifert: Perhaps Bears need more than one pass-catching TE.

Draft preview - Dan Pompei: There is no "can't miss" WR in this draft, but you will find extraordinary depth. Hester and Sanzenbacher will need to be replaced, and that points to the Bears looking for a receiver who can fulfill a specific role at some point in the draft.

ESPN Chatwrap - Jeff Dickerson's Q&A session on all things Bears, mostly about the draft.

Mock Draft - Adam Hoge thinks Emery will try to trade down, and previews candidates whom the Bears might take in each round.

[Video] Draft preview - Kevin Seifert: We all have our doubts on whether Georgia LB Alec Ogletree will be available when the Bears and Vikings draft. This Sport Science video helps explain why.

Draft preview - Jeff Dickerson: Projected to be a third-round or fourth-round pick, University of Missouri OLB Zaviar Gooden is scheduled to visit the Bears on Monday.

Top 13 games of 2013 - Elliot Harrison thinks Bears-Cowboys will be big. Big.

Sam Householder: 2013 Schedule: Bears potential prime time games

2012 NFL Draft first-round grades - The statistics don’t show it (14 tackles, 2.5 sacks in 1 games), but McClellin gave solid effort as an edge rusher playing in Chicago’s defensive line rotation.

So... does anyone still like Derrick Rose?


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Read-option forcing teams to re-think role of pass-rushing DEs - Mike Freeman: We may see teams that regularly face the run-option take a different strategy when selecting defensive players.

Character important in NFL Draft - Jen Floyd Engel: Tiger Woods penalized for cheating; NFL teams penalize bad-character guys in draft.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Dave Birkett: It's just a matter of time before the sides agree on a long-term deal that will keep Stafford in Detroit for years to come at a price that probably tops $100 million.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Kevin Seifert: The Vikings are due to deliver a preliminary stadium design in about a month, and the best guess is that will include a fixed, non-retractable roof.

I don't need loooooove, for what good will love do me? (Intro here.)