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The Bears Den: April 18, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

At least Alshon Jeffery was a home run, Ditka be praised.

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Bushrod weighs in on new teammates - Larry Mayer: Having played with or against some of the free agents the Bears have signed this offseason, Jermon Bushrod shares his thoughts about Jared Allen and others.

Draft analysis - Moon Mullin: Because there are fewer elite safeties than DT, NFL Network draft analysts' early thought is that safety should be the Bears’ first choice, partly for reasons of numbers.

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Draft preview - Jeff Dickerson: The Bears were one of 17 NFL teams on-hand Thursday in Gainesville, Fla., to watch University of Florida DT Dominique Easley's Pro Day.

Bears mailbag - Brad Biggs' readers' Q&A about Phil Emery's draft philosophy, the high mileage on the defense, the backup QB issue and the 14th pick.

Recent history at No. 14 bodes well for Bears - Arthur Arkush: Next month marks the 79th draft in NFL history, and few have featured a deeper, more talented pool of prospects than in 2014.

Draft analysis - Greg Gabriel's top five cornerback prospects in the upcoming draft.

Draft analysis: Top 10 defensive tackles - Doug Farrar: Aaron Donald, Louis Nix lead versatile DT class.

Draft preview - Dan Wiederer: NFL talent evaluator: "Donald checks all the boxes... it’s very hard to find interior pass rushers who are dynamic like he is. I think he’s going to be very valued on draft day."

Draft preview - Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman: New-look Bears defense alongside high-motor players like Allen, Houston may be the perfect landing spot for hot and cold Hageman. [Video] Josh Norris: Hageman could be good fit for Bears.

Draft preview - Calfornia DT Deandre Coleman: Bears could certainly use a durable player who can be plugged into any defensive format, especially to a defense that was plagued with injuries a year ago.

Draft preview - Saginaw Valley State WR Jeff Janis: Hard to predict how he will transition from Division II, but might be worth a late selection simply because of his production and physical skills.

Draft preview - Football Outsiders' Matt Waldman breaks down Alabama's C.J. Mosley: Mosley’s game is instructive to playing middle linebacker.

Mock Draft - Dan Durkin's mock 2.0 has the Bears landing Louisville safety Calvin Pryor: Has experience as a middle of the field player, is a ferocious hitter who plays with speed downhill, and is adept at creating turnovers.

Mock Draft -'s fan mock draft asks: Whom should the Bears select No. 14 overall? Our SBN Browns sister site DawgsByNature mocks our pick as Clinton-Dix.

Draft analysis - Jeff Dickerson casts an eye over the Bears' 2012 draft: McClellin hasn't lit it up the way Jeffery has, but at least he's no Brandon Hardin.

Bears history - James Neveau: If there is one player that was the embodiment of the toughness that the 1985 Bears displayed it was Dan Hampton, the #23 selection on the Bears' all-time top 30 draft picks.

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Ebron, Lee, Hageman among risky boom-or-bust prospects - Rob Rang's Big Board: Eric Ebron is mocked into top 10s, but the UNC TE is one of the draft's big boom or bust prospects.

Draft prospects that deserve more buzz - Charles Davis looks at five prospects who aren't getting the recognition they deserve, including three at positions that might interest Emery.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Daniel Jeremiah: Rodgers, Stafford, Cutler -- Bridgewater? Vikings could draft the Louisville product to keep up with the division's talented QBs.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: If Ted Thompson fails to land one of the top five or six safeties in this draft, then he will be handcuffing DC Dom Capers in much the same fashion he did last season.


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