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The Bears Den: February 16, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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Bears transformation begins in earnest at NFL scouting combine - Rich Campbell: If the Bears indeed are transitioning to a 3-4 defensive front, it might become apparent this week at combine, while decisions on Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall will come to the forefront.

Fox's teams have done well with defense in NFL drafts - Adam L. Jahns: John Fox has had 10 first-round picks in 13 years as a head coach, and seven of them were used on defensive players. Most important, it can be argued that there were zero misses.

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Pace, Bears turn to NFL Combine with clear No. 1 need - Moon Mullin: Three lackluster drafts under Phil Emery helped doom his regime. More than any single position, the Bears need Ryan Pace, his scouts and coaching staff to not simply improve on that, but in fact reverse it.

Roster cuts each NFL team should make - Jason B. Hirschhorn: Brandon Marshall's unpredictable nature and issues staying on the field may convince the Bears to move on this offseason.  Jason La Canfora: Get a pick or two and invest in the defense.

Mock Draft - Rob Rang: One of the elite prospects at the Senior Bowl, Danny Shelton is surprisingly quick and passionate in pursuit for a man of his size and eats up blocks, freeing up teammates to make big plays.  Dane Brugler: Great building block for renovations on defense.

[Video] - Moon Mullin: Pace needs to make his mark at NFL Combine.

A look back at the 2012 Draft - Greg Gabriel: Shea McClellin was drafted to be a pass rusher, he hasn’t been that. He was moved to Sam linebacker a year ago and still did little. A bust.

[Audio] - Dan Hampton on Bears offseason moves: 'It's fantastic'.

Photos - The Chicago Bears would like to wish a happy 25th birthday to Alshon Jeffery.

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Welcome to the Combine - Peter King: Mike Mayock explains the popularity boom of the Combine, discusses 2015 NFL draft prospects and five storylines to follow in Indianapolis.

Ten things to watch at the NFL Scouting Combine - Matt Brown: From the QBs to the workout warriors, 10 storylines to follow as the draft process heats up.  Greg Gabriel: Lovie Smith unlikely to overlook Jameis Winston's character issues.

NFL combine puts pressure on prospects across many fronts - Dan Wiederer: Former NU standout Barry Gardner pushing to have positive influence on NFL hopefuls ... A combine training specialist on what's really behind the curtain.

Which combine drills are most important? - Tony Villotti looks back at the past 10 years of combine drills data to test their predictive validity.

Ex-Bear news - Todd Archer: Cowboys decline Henry Melton's option; $9 million base salary would have been guaranteed for 2015 had Dallas picked it up.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Joel Corry: The NFL’s only $10 million per year running back, Adrian Peterson is one of the top 2015 pay cut candidates.