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The Bears Den: February 26, 2014 - Chicago Bears NFL Combine news & notes

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses Marshall's leadership ability, the likelihood that two DTs will be available when the Bears pick in the first round of the draft, and Podlesh's future.

Some draft prospects have Bears' ties - Larry Mayer: WR Bruce Ellington, who teamed with Alshon Jeffery at South Carolina, is among the prospects at the NFL Combine with connections to the Bears.

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Draft preview - Brad Biggs with Mully & Hanley: Kony Ealy, Louis Nix and Timmy Jernigan are three names to keep an eye on, but free agency could change what the Bears do in the draft. Plus, whither Conte? Includes [Audio].

Matt Bowen: Scouting the Bears - There is a lot of draft talent available at the safety position, and it's clearly one of need for the defensively challenged Bears.

Combine: How potential Bears DB targets fared - CBS Chicago wraps up some of the names expected to be on the Bears' radar.

Draft preview - NFLDraftScout.com's Jeff Reynolds with a review of the DBs' workouts.

Draft preview - Touted by many as the top corner in the 2014 NFL Draft, Justin Gilbert certainly didn't disappoint -- but Loucheiz Purifoy did. Bucky Brooks has the best and worst from the combine's final day.

Draft preview - Chris Burke's risers and sliders from day 4 of the Combine. Day 3 ... day 2 ... day 1.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Who's the best DB in the 2014 NFL Draft, and which D-lineman will be there at #14? [KAPCON: 5]

Draft preview - Michael C. Wright: Apparently the Bears liked what they saw on film of Yawin Smallwood. It doesn't hurt that he's played for new Bears D-line coach Paul Pasqualoni.

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Free agency may alter Bears' draft - Moon Mullin: What the Bears have at DT vs DE when their turn comes in the first round may determine which they draft.

Draft preview - James Neveau: In a draft class full of offensive stars, the Bears need defensive help. Could that lead to them trading down in the first round of the NFL Draft?

Trend in NFL is for bigger, longer CBs - Rich Campbell: So far, the Bears are going against the grain as they have re-signed 5-foot-8 Tim Jennings and prepare to bid adieu to 6-2 Charles Tillman.

Trying to make sense of Emery's ongoing disaster - Steve Rosenmoan: Phil Emery is looking for a pass rusher, just like he was two years ago. This pattern of bad ought to scare every Bears fan.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Martellus Bennett shares some of the projects he's been working on, including a children's book, as only Marty B could explain.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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NFL Draft 101 - Jerry Angelo goes inside the NFL’s annual selection process. [Thanks to BeardownsoHard.]

Jack Bechta: The Agent's Journal - A peek at the battles, negotiations and campaigning that took place in the shadow of the Combine.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: The Vikings will have to address some depth questions at TE, especially considering how much new OC Norv Turner has used the position in the past, but they could thrive in his offense.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Jon Bois looks back at the NFL draft day's terrible decisions and total failures, and concludes that the Lions would have fared better in the 2006 draft if Matt Millen had actually (and not just seemingly) picked at random. [Tip of the hat to Sam Householder.]

Headdesk - Ryan Wilson: A Washington lobbyist is preparing legislation that would ban gays athletes from playing in the NFL. Because, really, this is a matter of national security and should be fast-tracked to top of Congress' to-do list. If Arizona bill becomes law, will NFL move Super Bowl?

[Video] NFL Network - Critics will doubt Rich Eisen, but that doesn't stop him on his quest to prove doubters wrong. Rich Eisen hears what he wants.

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