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The Weekend Bears Den: April 11, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

Walter Payton in action against the Buccaneers in Tampa, Nov 9, 1986. Check out the two videos about Sweetness and the 1975 draft linked in the Weekend Den.

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From get-go, Tillman 'quintessential player' - Patrick Finley: As the Bears’ new regime prepares for its first draft, lessons learned from finding Charles Tillman are worth repeating.  Tim BaffoePeanut’s departure more satisfactory than sad ... Aaron Rodgers sends Tillman farewell tweet.

George McCaskey’s comments make it tough to get behind Bears - Julie DiCaro: This past week, the Bears chairman was given the chance to back off asinine statements about rape victims being inherently biased against their rapists that he had previously made. Instead, he declined and doubled-down.

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Bears mailbag - Is-Hub Arkush's readers' Q&As on potential options in the Draft for the Bears at receiver, running back, OT and OLB.

Draft preview - Jeff Dickerson: Although Chicago’s defense is the focal point of the offseason rebuild, Kevin White alongside Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal would give the Bears a formidable trio of receivers.

Draft preview - Dan Durkin: Ohio State's Devin Smith has game-changing speed and will immediately contribute as a receiver and special teamer, projecting as a high second-round pick.

With high draft picks at wideout, there's a catch - Dan Wiederer: Ryan Pace has a draft dilemma. How early is too early to pick a wide receiver?

[Video] - Son of Hub: DE is a position of need for the Bears, and Oregon's Arik Armstead is a possible fit with the No. 7 pick of the NFL Draft.

[Video] - Is-Hub Arkush: Could the Bears seek to improve their O-line by taking Stanford OT Andrus Peat with the No. 7 pick in the Draft?

Draft preview - Son of Hub: Whether the Bears consider Iowa O-lineman Brandon Scherff with the 7th overall pick depends to a large extent on at which playing position they envision his future lies in the NFL.

Mock Draft - Adam L. Jahns, Patrick Finley, and Mark Potash each make a different selection for the Bears at #7 overall.

Who has the best roster in the NFC? - Gregg Rosenthal breaks down the conference's best rosters. [Spoiler: It's not the Bears.]

5 teams that must have an excellent draft - Andrew Garda: If the Bears fail to get the right players, this could be a very ugly year for the defense again to go with an offense that has some concerns as well.

Roster notes - Jeff Dickerson: Three days before the Bears open their 2015 offseason program, the team released updated jersey numbers for 10 free-agent signees.

[Video] NFL Network - The "NFL Total Access" crew debates which team with a new head coach is poised to improve the most in 2015. Shaun O'Hara gives the Bears some love.

Five Bears with brothers in the NFL - Larry Mayer: On National Sibling Day [Whut - Den], we celebrate five Bears players whose brothers also play in the NFL.

[Video] - The 1975 NFL Draft had a bevy of players appear in Super Bowl games, but it also introduced Walter Payton to the league.

[Video] - "Caught in the Draft" takes a look at Jackson State, which was the focus of many NFL scouts in 1975. Walter Payton, fullback Rickey Young, and linebacker Robert Brazile were considered as can't miss NFL prospects.

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Draft preview - Greg Gabriel breaks down two of the receiver prospects in the draft, Georgia's Chris Conley and East Carolina's Justin Hardy.

Just because - Brett Smiley: 12 moments when Troy Polamalu made us say 'Whoa!' [with Video].  Bruce FeldmanA short story that says all you need to know about Troy Polamalu.


I've thoroughly enjoyed Muppets rap/hip-hop week.  We should do it again soon.