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The Bears Den: April 22nd, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

Seriously, can we just get to May 8th already?

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Well no wonder he's not a Redskin anymore. He doesn't have the proper head protection.
Well no wonder he's not a Redskin anymore. He doesn't have the proper head protection.
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Bears personnel related things:

Chicago Bears sign Josh Morgan to one-year contract - ESPN Chicago
Kev note: The Bears sign Joe Morgan to compete for the spot that would have been Earl Bennett's if he had played as well as we all wanted him to. It's hard to believe that anyone could have ever clashed with Mike Shanahan in that Redskin's organization, but here we are today.

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Draft-related nuggets:

Bears wouldn’t mind drafting a QB that Marc Trestman can groom - Chicago Sun-Times
Leading up to the NFL draft, which begins May 8, the Sun-Times will take a position-by-position look at the Bears’ needs and which players might be available to fill them. Jay Cutler has his lucrative long-term deal, and Jordan Palmer has the confidence of coach Kev note: Yes, teams are in fact interested in drafting good players that their coaches can make better.

Bears Bites: Could Bears Be Targeting Pryor in Draft? | NBC Chicago
The Chicago Bears are likely looking defense with their first round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and one player is getting lots of publicity, as we see in today's Bears Bites. Kev note: I'd still prefer pass rush first.

Hoge’s Bears Big Board: No. 14 LB Telvin Smith " CBS Chicago
If he embraces the idea of playing safety, Smith's stock would rise.

NFC North draft needs: Bears look to rebuild ailing pass rush | FOX Sports on MSN
Depite adding a couple pieces through free agency, Chicago is likely to continue beefing up the position through the draft.

NFL draft preview: Offensive line -
The Chicago Bears acquiring any developmental offensive linemen in the late rounds or as undrafted free agents could fortify depth. Kev note: Yes, getting more players at positions creates "depth"

Draft prospects: Louis Nix has high motor at DT
Louis Nix is the best pure nose tackle prospect in the 2014 NFL draft pool and likely will come off the board in the first round next month.

NFL Draft Profile: Western Kentucky FS Jonathan Dowling | CSN Chicago

Things we might sorta care about:

Mel Kiper Jr.: Assessing the Green Bay Packers' draft needs - ESPN
Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson says it every year -- and no doubt will say it again -- that he doesn't draft for need. Kev Note: Mel Kiper says every year that things are going to happen that don't.  Guess what, people are wrong about stuff.

Report: Ndamukong Suh will not attend Detroit Lions' minicamp this week |
Kev note: Wholly unsurprising, but still a thing.

Vikings' Rick Spielman: Evaluating QBs is 'torturous' -
Minnesota could be in line to draft a quarterback No. 8 overall. Rick Spielman, the Vikings' general manager, explained why the evaluation process for signal-callers can be a tormenting endeavor. Kev note: His job is hard, you guys, leave him alone.