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The Bears Den: May 12, 2014 - Chicago Bears NFL Draft news & notes

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Bears add nine undrafted free agents - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Sunday agreed to terms with nine undrafted free agents, including former Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch, who finished third in Heisman Trophy balloting last season.

Emery deserves times for his vision to evolve - Rich Campbell: It's fair to be skeptical of the draft picks as we watch the developmental part of the process, but in the meantime, Emery deserves the benefit of the doubt.

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NFL Draft pundits agree: Emery, Bears pass with flying colors - It's impossible to know just how good or bad the class is until they actually get out on the field, but most experts seem excited about Phil Emery's haul this past weekend.

Free agents will have bigger impact on Bears than draftees - Mike Mulligan: Drafts may be the life blood of a professional football team, but the likely reality is that the retail free-agent shopping of the offseason will have a profoundly more significant impact on the 2014 Bears.

Draft foreshadows job competition for multiple Bears - Moon Mullin:The 2014 draft, by an 8-8 team, is different to Emery's previous two. It is a draft class that comes in putting jobs immediately in jeopardy.

Lynch could give Bears a rare two-fer on the depth chart - Moon Mullin: How Jordan Lynch develops may offer the Bears a chance to use one roster spot to back up two positions, RB and QB.

Jordan Lynch: 'I'm just going to run with my shot' - UDFA who signed with the Bears shortly after the conclusion of Saturday's draft spoke with CSN about what he's looking to accomplish in the Windy City.  With [Video].

Draft analysis- Among Doug Farrar's Best UDFAs: At 6-3 and 240 pounds, and with 223 tackles and eight sacks through his collegiate career, Christian Jones could prove to be a versatile and productive NFL defender.

Draft analysis - Greg Gabriel takes a look at how the NFC North fared this weekend, and uses "per say".  He's a goth kid wannabe.

Senior Bowl interviews - interviewed Arizona State DT Will Sutton, drafted by the Bears in the third round, and Florida State LB Christian Jones, one of the UDFA the team signed immediately after the draft.

Draft analysis - Greg A. Bedard includes new Bears QB David Fales among his list of ten intriguing players drafted in later rounds who, for better or worse, could shape the near- and long-term future of the franchises that took them.

Draft analysis - Chris Burke's veteran players on notice after 2014 NFL draft includes Stephen Paea, who will be pushed by 2nd- and 3rd-rounders Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton.

Draft analysis - Kyle Fuller named best dressed at 2014 NFL Draft by Esquire magazine.  Yes, really.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Draft analysis - Where do the undrafted have the best chances of making a roster? The Bears make the top 10 of Tony Villiotti's list.