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The Bears Den: May 01, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

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Draft analysis - Moon Mullin: Bears may not be able to wait for elite safety due to changing priority on the position, and lack of depth of talent available to mid-rounds.

Bears mailbag - Kevin Fishbain's pre-draft readers' Q&As about QBs, safeties, RBs and more. Is Aaron Donald's size an issue for Phil Emery?

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Draft Preview: O-line - Moon Mullin: Last year's top priority in solid shape, as signing of Brian de la Puente sets in place another sub-age-30 piece on a line that projects to be together for an extended time.

Draft preview: Center/Guard - Michael C. Wright: Safe to deduce the Bears likely won’t spend much time pondering whether to use an early pick in the NFL draft to select a guard or a center.

Bears on the prowl for a center - Bob LeGere appears to have missed the de la Puente signing, thinks the Bears could use a mid-round selection on a young pivot.

Draft preview: QB - James Neveau: Bears are committed to Cutler, but second string job up for grabs.

Draft preview - Hub Arkush: Bears' biggest defensive need isn't on the line.

Draft preview: Defensive tackle - Dan Wiederer: DT a high draft priority for Bears, and there appears to be especially deep talent pool from which to pick.

Draft preview: Defensive tackles - Greg Gabriel: In a strong class, these five prospects stand above the rest. Jeff Dickerson: Bears interested in Princeton DT Caraun Reid.

Draft profile: Louisville FS Calvin Pryor - Stout in both the run and the pass, and an intimidating presence in the secondary with his ability to lay the hammer, Pryor should start as a rookie on Day 1.

Draft profile: Auburn CB Chris Davis - With Davis' late-round projection and ability as a returner, it would not be surprising to see the Bears take a flyer on him as a cornerback project with upside.

[Video] ESPN - Michael C. Wright discusses the possibility of drafting a backup RB in the later rounds.

Draft profile: Boston College RB Andre Williams - The Bears have far greater needs on the defensive side of the ball than opting for a luxury third-round pick like Williams.

[Audio] NFL Draft Podcast No. 3 - Adam Hoge & Dan Durkin are joined by Greg Gabriel and break down a deep cornerback class, safeties whom the Bears might target, as well as discussing potential backups for Matt Forte.

Draft analysis - Bucky Brooks with team-by-team first-round scenarios for the draft: If Donald is off the board, the Bears would have a tough time convincing the coaching staff that Jernigan can fill the role as the disruptive penetrator.

2013 Broken Tackles: Defense - Football Outsiders' Aaron Schatz takes a look at a stat in which, to nobody's surprise, Chris Conte and Jon Bostic don't fare well... but Tim Jennings and Lance Briggs also pop up.

Mock Draft - Shaun King has the Bears taking Calvin Pryor at #14: Pryor is an aggressive tone-setter, a major upgrade for the Bears.

Mock Draft - [Video] USA Today: Aaron Donald will make Chicagoans happy for years to come.

Bears history - James Neveau's all-time Bears Top 30 draft picks, #13: Offensive tackle Herman Lee, a 23rd round pick in the 1954 draft.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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NFL draft history full of good, bad and weird moments - Peter Bukowski: Only a handful of teams can truly compete for a Super Bowl title, while a dozen or so other teams trick themselves into believing they can. That leaves the last group, those poor bottom-dwellers, looking forward to the NFL draft.

Major college football powers and the NFL draft - Tony Villiotti with a thorough breakdown of where talent comes from. [Abilene Christi no longer an NFL powerhouse now that Jerry Angelo's not a GM. - Den]

Developing the QB position - Jerry Angelo: What happened to the era in which young signal-callers were given two years to watch and learn?

Draft preview - Gil Brandt's position-by-position look at 49 2014 draft prospects who have caught the attention of NFL teams.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Dane Brugler takes a look at five prospects that the Lions should consider in the 2014 NFL Draft. Are they in competition with the Bears for DT, CB, S?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Vikings' WRs learning Norv Turner's offense. (AP): Patterson in pursuit of more knowledge.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Mike Zimmer will be more hands-on in practice than Leslie Frazier was, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. Tom Pelissero: Cassel atop depth chart; other minicamp nuggets.


From December 25th, 2011.  With Cutler and Forte out injured, and Kahlil Bell, Kellen Davis, Roy Williams and Dane Sanzenbacher filling major roles on offense, it didn't go so well.