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The Bears Den: April 29, 2013 - NFL Draft news and notes

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Bears excited about depth, competition on line - Larry Mayer: The Bears accomplished several goals in the draft, but nothing was more important than further bolstering an OL that had already been upgraded in free agency.

Competition building, and Bourbonnais still three months off - Moon Mullin: When the Bears reported to training camp last July, there really wasn’t a whole lot of competition at LB and on the OL. This year, those two areas are likely to have competitions bordering on blood feuds.

Steven Schweickert: Bears 2013 NFL Draft Recap

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Matt Bowen: Scouting the Bears - Emery's goal was clear: Get younger, faster and more athletic while continuing to build with prospects who can play versatile roles on this roster. The GM seems to have found some nice fits for the Bears in the NFL draft.

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin breaks down the Bears' draft while looking like he's attempting not to pass out from exhaustion.

Bears boost depth at LB, on OL - Brad Biggs: After ignoring the OL for many years and missing on multiple draft picks, the Bears unquestionably have made the unit a priority.

QB blitz leaves Bears out in 4th round - Moon Mullin: A cluster of young QBs lasted surprisingly into the fourth round on Saturday, but unfortunately the Bears were short of picks with which to move up when the run on QBs began.

Phil Emery not finished tweaking roster - Brad Biggs: Even after the Bears signed 10 UDFAs, CB and DT remain areas of interest for Phil Emery.

Draft roundup - Brad Biggs: Bears roll the dice on WR Wilson; Emery says there are still veterans the team is interested in signing; more post-draft notes.

Bears quotes - Phil Emery 's media session Saturday.

Bears quotes - Marc Trestman 's post-draft media session Saturday.


Round 4: LB Khaseem Greene

Being drafted by Bears enables Greene to achieve dream - Larry Mayer: With his selection by the Bears in the fourth round of the draft, Rutgers LB Khaseem Greene achieved a lifelong dream.

Draft haul adds Rutgers LB Greene in 4th round - Moon Mullin: Bears now hope that Greene turns into the gems found in the 1999 draft, which produced starters Rosevelt Colvin and Warrick Holdman in the fourth round.

Bears add versatile LB in Khaseem Greene - Michael C. Wright: Greene fits the profile of the run-and-hit type of LB Chicago typically covets, and as a converted safety, he’s shown an impressive feel for pass coverage. He has also shown a knack for forcing turnovers. Kevin Seifert: "Impact" tackler, good fit at WILL.

SS: Bears select Khaseem Greene with 117th pick

Player profile - Jeff Dickerson profiles fourth-round pick (No. 117), LB Khaseem Greene out of Rutgers. NFP player profile: "...excellent speed and a solid closing burst (but) his poor instincts prevent him from consistently making plays"

Bears quotes - Fourth-round draft pick Khaseem Greene talks with the media.

Could history repeat? - Bob LeGere: The last time the Bears drafted a player who had played safety in college but then converted to LB, it turned out pretty well for them.


Round 5: OT Jordan Mills

Bears pick Mills after trading down in fifth round - Larry Mayer: After trading down 10 spots in the fifth round from 153 to 163, the Bears addressed their OL for the second time in the draft, selecting Louisiana Tech OT Jordan Mills.

Bears 5th rounder Mills envisions OL with him in it - Moon Mullin: New Bears tackle Jordan Mills inadvertently sent a very strong message to Jonathan Scott, J’Marcus Webb and anyone else between him and a starting job.

Bears further beef up O-line with Mills - Jeff Dickerson: Saturday’s fifth-round choice of Louisiana Tech OT Jordan Mills is just the latest in a series of moves the Bears have made to overhaul the OL -- clearly the weakest unit on the team last season in the eyes of Phil Emery.

Mr Schweickert: Bears select OT Jordan Mills in 5th Round

Player profile - Michael C. Wright takes a look at' fifth-round pick, OT Jordan Mills of Louisiana Tech. NFP player profile: " not a dependable blocker in space because of his limited change of direction ability."

Bears quotes - Fifth-round draft pick Jordan Mills talking Saturday to the media.


Round 6: DE Cornelius Washington

Bears choose Georgia pass-rusher in sixth round - Larry Mayer: The Bears bolstered their DL in the sixth round of the draft by selecting Georgia DE Cornelius Washington with the 188th overall pick.

Bears’ 6th rounder has an attitude after draft fall - Moon Mullin: Various draft analyses projected Georgia DE Cornelius Washington rated as high as a third-round draft pick, but he fell to the sixth round. Snubs can be hugely effective motivators.

'Dynamic' draft continues with Washington - Michael C. Wright: Keeping with the mantra of acquiring “dynamic” players, the Bears appeared to acquire another in Georgia DE Cornelius Washington, who was considered by some to be a late second-round talent.

The Schweick: Bears select DE Cornelius Washington 188th overall

Player profile - Jeff Dickerson with a look at sixth-round choice (No. 188), DE Cornelius Washington out of the University of Georgia. NFP player profile: "...will likely be a third round pick because he has the talent to become a productive starting defensive end in a 4-3 scheme"

Bears quotes - Sixth-round pick Cornelius Washington talking with the media.


Round 7: WR Marquess Wilson

Bears see Wilson as good kid who made bad decision - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Saturday selected Washington State WR Marquess Wilson in the seventh round of the draft (236th overall).

WSU WR Wilson a low-risk proposition - Jeff Dickerson: From a pure talent standpoint, Wilson deserved to be drafted higher, but his stock plummeted after the way his college career unraveled at Washington State.

Schweickybaby: Bears select WR Marquess Wilson 236th overall

Player profile - Michael C. Wright with a look at seventh-round pick WR Marquess Wilson of Washington State. NFP player profile: "...warrants early third-round consideration as a player with great ball skills, soft hands and great play making ability."


Rounds 4-7 roundup; UDFAs

Draft roundup - Bob LeGere: Jordan Mills knows all about Bears-Packers rivalry; Marquess Wilson is a character concern; Cornelius Washington a possible steal.

Player profiles - Bob LeGere wraps up the Bears 2013 draft picks. Not literally.

Player profiles - Mark Potash takes a capsule look at Saturday's draft picks.

Player profiles - Fred Mitchell breaks down the Bears' draft picks from rounds 4-7.

Bears add 10 undrafted free agents - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Sunday agreed to terms with 10 undrafted free agents, including Rutgers WR Mark Harrison.

Bears sign 10 undrafted free agents - CSNChicago's quick run-down of the UDFAs added on after the Draft.

Bears will give St. Xavier QB Coy a shot - Brad Biggs: Jimmy Coy of St. Xavier will participate in the Bears' three-day orientation for rookies on a tryout basis.

Orange Shy Guy: Bears UDFAs


Kyle Long

Bears reaching for greatness - Dan Pompei: Not only did he have more value than a second TE or rotational DT, but if Long is who Phil Emery thinks he is, the Bears could have picked him in the top 10 and Long would have been a solid choice.

Bears may have hit a home run by going Long - David Kaplan: The Bears OL has sorely needed a major upgrade and Long has the potential to develop into an elite player at either tackle spot or at guard.

For Kyle Long, it's all in the family - Dan Pompei: Bears top draft choice Kyle Long doesn't shy away from his well-grounded roots that include his Hall of Fame father Howie Long.

Heredity made Long easy choice for Bears - Rick Morrissey: Let’s face it, when you’re scouting a talented player who is the son of a great athlete, a lot of the work is already done for you.

NFP player profile: "...a better fit inside at guard because he struggles in space in pass protection, but with increased flexibility he could develop into a solid starter."

Jon Bostic's NFP player profile: "...lacks the playing speed to make plays consistently outside of the OT box."


Draft Grades & analysis

Draft analysis - Bucky Brooks thinks the Bears had the least impressive draft in the NFCN.

Draft grades - Mel Kiper Jr. also thinks the Bears had the 4th-best draft in the NFCN.

Draft analysis -'s draft tracker didn't grade the Bears' picks too kindly.

Draft grades - USA Today are much kinder, giving the Bears a B+ and better than the Lions and Vikings.

Draft grades - Chris Burke wonders why Jon Bostic over Arthur Brown, but still gives the Bears a B- in a well-performing NFCN.

Draft grades - FOX Sports' analysts veer between C- and B-, slightly better than for the Lions.

Guess who?: Grading the Bears 2013 Draft Class / Your turn!

After a non-stop weekend, time for the hard-working Steven Schweickert to take it easy...