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The Bears Den: May 07, 2014 - Chicago Bears pre-draft news & notes

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Mills, McCown win Piccolo Awards - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Tuesday honored Jordan Mills and Josh McCown as the 2013 winners of the prestigious Brian Piccolo Award during a ceremony at Halas Hall [Photos]. Dan WiedererMcCown humbled by award. Adam Hoge: Trestman: "First guy to practice every day is Jordan Mills."

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2014 Bears NFL draft: Previews, analysis, prospect profiles

Bears face significant questions in final days before draft - Dan Wiederer: Is there any defensive position Emery could draft in Round 1 that would qualify as a shock?

Two words as Emery drafts defense: uh and oh - Steve Rosenbloom: Sure, it has been only two years, but it has been a bad two years, hasn’t it, Shea McClellin, Brandon Hardin, Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene?

Dan Pompei Q&As - Clinton-Dix or Pryor? ... Take Jernigan in the 2nd? ... Given Cutler's injury history, why not take Bridgewater? ... Why would Cowboys trade up for Donald when they have Melton?

Bears should land quality cornerback in NFL draft - Brad Biggs: With Charles Tillman, 33, on a one-year contract and coming off a season in which he missed half the games, there is a pressing need for a starting-caliber player.

Draft preview: Safeties - Bob LeGere: With the additional coverage duties that are required of safeties in today's NFL, it's becoming even more difficult to find players who excel against the pass and can also provide strong run support.

Draft profile: Alabama Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - Adam Hoge’s Bears Big Board, #3: Has the highest ceiling of all the safeties in this year’s class, but his game film can be frustrating at times because he doesn’t always go all out.

Draft profile: Johnsburg TE C.J. Fiedorowicz - Bob LeGere: Fiedorowicz is an all-around, old-school TE, who combines solid pass catching with strong blocking in the run game and in pass protection.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - What chance the Bears will be able to land Aaron Donald at 14? What safeties are worth drafting?  Could the Bears move up? [KAPCON: 5]

[Video] - The PGL crew talk Bears' 14th overall pick.  What are their defensive needs?

Mock Draft - Adam Hoge's final mock draft 4.0 sees the Bears filling some needs early, and take a gamble on a TE with character concerns in the fifth round.


Trestman confident in Jordan Palmer - Jeff Dickerson: Palmer's limited regular-season game experience is not a major concern for Trestman, who has seen his backup QB taking over McCown's role of helping new teammates learn the offense.

Injury news - Jeff Dickerson: Jordan Mills said on Tuesday he is almost fully recovered from the offseason surgery he underwent to fix the fractured fifth metatarsal in his left foot, expects to return for OTAs.

[Video] - Matt Forte discusses his memories of being drafted by the Bears in 2008.

All-time Bears Top 30 draft picks, #3 - James Neveau: A third round pick in the 1998 draft, Olin Kreutz finished only behind Walter Payton in terms of number of games played in a Bears uniform.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Anthony Adams and his former teammate Jerry Azumah try a new healing technique called cryotherapy. Watch as they step into a polar vortex cold cryo-chamber to relieve some aches and pains.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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The urgency index - Tony Villiotti: In which order should teams fill their needs?

Agent's Take: Remembering three NFL Draft day experiences - Joel Corry revists three NFL Draft day experiences, including his time representing star WR Jimmy Smith.